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🏆🏆 Ardee’s Delight 🏆🏆

On Saturday last 1/7/17, the number 7 was a very lucky number for Ardee Concert Band. 38 members took to the stage for the 38th Annual South of Ireland Band Championships in Clonakilty in Sunny West Cork. We scooped the 1st prize award in the Senior section. There were 30 bands from all over Ireland in 3 sections, 7 in Junior, 16 in Intermediate and 7 in Senior taking part on Saturday.

We Received 6 other special awards including Best bass, Woodwind and Percussion sections, Best Celebratory piece (Sarah’s Delight – Soloist Robert Finegan on Soprano Saxophone, ably assisted by Gerry Farrell on accordion and Jenny Satelle on bodhran), a Special Adjudicators Award for Aisling Reilly for her beautiful clarinet playing in An Irish Ayre for Winds and Best repertoire of the day, bringing a total of 7 Trophies back up the road. We’re going to need a bigger trophy cabinet now in our busy as ever bandroom.

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We played four own choice pieces and received standing ovations from the packed hall at the end of two of our pieces, Sarah’s Delight and The Parting Glass Both of which were arranged by Ardee’s conductor Brendan Breslin.  The Parting Glass featured three Soloists Connor Campbell on vocals, Donal Kellegher on pipes and Conor Horan on drum.

Adjudicator for the day, Philip Harper, conductor of one of the Best Brass Bands in the world, the Cory Band from Wales awarded us 95 Points out of a possible 100 for a performance that was “A truly inspired and emotional performance from Ardee Concert Band” as quoted by Band Musical Director Brendan Breslin

Brendan Breslin with Adjudicator

These amazing triumphs tops our 2 already claimed competition prizes this year at the IABCB National Championships in Navan where we Secured a 2nd place and Best Brass Section; bringing our accumulative wins to 9 so far for 2017!

Senior Section Result:

1st prize Ardee Concert Band 95, 2nd prize Lourdes Brass Band 90 and 3rd prize Ballymore Eustace Concert Band 88

Ardee Concert Band are supported by the Arts Council, Music Network, and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

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Links to our Four Award Winning Pieces: 

The Civic.

An Irish March composed by Brendan Breslin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYvS-Q1nG7I

Irish Ayre for Winds composed by Warren Barker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6HP8LjAKX4

Sarah’s Delight, Two Irish Traditional Tunes arranged by Brendan Breslinn featuring Robert Finegan on Soprano Sax, Gerry Farrell on accordion and Jenny Satelle on bodhran

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWGLKep0H5E

The Parting Glass, arranged by Brendan Breslin, featuring Connor Campbell on vocals, Donal Kellegher on pipes and Conor Horan on drum

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DcflEpsoEg

 


Busy Weekend for Ardee Concert Band


AOIFA National Flower Festival Senior, Youth + Junior Bands / Co. Louth Agricultural Show, Bellurgan
The Ardee Senior, Youth and Junior Bands all gave recitals over the weekend past as part of the AOIFA 2017 Celtic Way National Flower Festival which gets underway in Ardee on Friday night, June 9th, as Mary Kennedy from RTE opened the festival at the Church of the Nativity of Our Lady at 7.30pm.  The Senior Band gave a recital before the Official Opening from 6.30pm to 7.30pm outside the church where crowds gathered before the opening in the mild summer evening that it was.
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Senior Band and Junior Band both performing over the AOIFA FLower Festival
Then, on Saturday at 12noon the Junior Band under the direction of Kevin Reilly gave a recital at St. Mary’s Church of Ireland on Market Street. The members of this group gave a subperb performance to beat the band. Even with a bit of wind they won over and wouldn’t even think they had only started playing music 13 months ago. Then at 2pm, their Youth Band, with conductor Kevin Reilly, also gave a recital at this venue to entertain the national crowds that gathered in Ardee for this fantastic festival.
RTÉ Nationwide will air on Monday July 10th with footage of the festival presented by Mary Kennedy herself. Keep an eye out to see did we make the final cut! :)
To finish off a very busy weekend, the Senior Band under the baton of MD, Brendan Breslin, performed from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at the Co. Louth Agricultural Show at Bellurgan Park on the Dundalk/Carlingford road on Sunday June 11th. Dispite having to break for a shower to pass over, the band didn’t let the rain dampen Spirits. They gave a very professional performance as always that got the flocking spectators into fantastic form and the young children danced the afternoon away in the puddles.
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Senior Band Performing at Bellurgan Park
The senior band are now focusing all their efforts into their entertainment programme for the South of Ireland Band Championships on July 1st at their state of the art Bandroom on Ashwalk in Ardee. They will be taking part to defeat their second place win from last year, 2016. They will make the journey to the sunny South West on June 30th to give a recital that evening​ at Asna Sq, in the delightful town of Clonakilty where all musicians associated with the banding world will gather to par-take in the fantastic Festival.
Ardee Concert Band are supported by the Arts Council, Music Network, and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

National RÁS, enterprise exhibition, May Procession, Grade Exams, Parading the Womens’ Rugby World Cup


We took part in a great send off from Ardee Town on what’s been a hugely successful event for the town. RÁS Stage 8 commenced on Sunday May 29th and We had the honour of leading the event for it’s final stage to Skerries at 12.30. Huge Congrats go to Ardee Cycling Club for their hard work in petitioning for the Rás to pass through the town. Ardee has most defiantly been put on the map lately and hopefully this isnt the last high profile event to be held in the town.
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Excellent performance from members of Ardee Concert Junior Band today under Kevin Reilly their Conductor at the enterprise exhibition in the Old Church on John Street. The future is bright for Ardee Concert Band. Well done to all involved in preparation and the organizing of the band to play.
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Ardee Concert Band led the annual Ardee Parish May Procession on Sunday May 21st. The parade left the Church of the Nativity of our Lady to the Convent where benediction was held by Fr. Murphy.
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Sixty members of Ardee Concert Band sat their RIAM grade exam this week, May 16/17/18th.
pictured below Ciara Skelly and Kate Svender with RIAM examiner Michael Casey and accompanist Gerry Farrell. Congratulations to all sixty candidates and their tutors and especcially to Kevin Reilly for all his time in preparation to make sure the few days go off as smooth as possible.
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It’s not every day a World Cup trophy stops off in Ardee – but today it did, at a memorable Women In Sport event at Ardee Rugby Club and Ardee Concert Band were there to parade the Womens’ Rugby World Cup through our lovely town and welcome it to the area in syle
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IABCB National Championships


Our senior band were in Navan on Sunday for the 52nd annual IABCB National Bands Championships and we finished second in the main competition, as well as taking home a prize for Best Brass Section. Full Result below.

Pictured below is band chairman Dermot Murray receiving the Best Brass Section in Section 1 award from Colum Dunleavy.

Under the ever striving baton of Brendan Breslin, Our energetic and enthusiastic 51-strong band performed an own choice piece in Fribourg by Derek Bourgeois and a test piece – East Coast Pictures by Nigel Hess.

Receiving a score of 138 from the Competitions Adjudicator for the weekend Archie Hutchison, we were delighted with the result and even more so with his comments. He noted how much we; Ardee were a band to admire with musicality and effectiveness throughout their pieces.

The band also scooped Best Brass Section at the Solstice Arts Centre to add to their ever growing trophy cabinet at their state-of-the-art bandroom at the Bohemian Centre on Ashwalk in Ardee.

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Section 1 Concert Bands (Own Choice (max 50)/Set Piece (max 100) = Total (max 150))
1st – Dublin Concert Band (Fergus O’Carroll & John Doyle) – 47/95 = 142
2nd – Ardee Concert Band (Brendan Breslin) – 45/93 = 138
3rd – Rathfarnham Concert Band (Vincent Kennedy) – 44/92 = 136
Best Own Choice: Dublin Concert Band
Best Woodwind: Dublin Concert Band
Best Brass: Ardee Concert Band
Best Supporting Section: Percusssion – Rathfarnham Concert Band
Ardee Concert Band are supported by the Arts Council, Music Network, and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Ardee Concert Band St Patrick’s Day


Ardee Concert Band has led the Parade in Ardee every year since it started in 1968. It is our biggest audience by far every year. It is extremely important to the band as an organisation, as we have every member of the senior band on the march with us on St Patrick’s Day. 2017 was no different and in addition to our formation we added our Youth band into the ranks for the first time in the bands history. 

“The young boys and girls did a tremendous job and performed an outstanding march for their very first ever time marching and Infront of such a crowd. They do everyone proud; from their parents to the whole town of Ardee, anywhere we go. We want to do ourselves as an organisation proud at every event but today especially as we get to show the whole town what we do best”, said PRO Sinéad Nutley.

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Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley Photograghy

It was a pity about the weather, however we didn’t let it dampen our spirits as everyone gathered back at Ardee Concert Band HQ for pizzas and a mineral, as a reward for a brilliant effort all round. It was a great day for one and all as part of the best Community-Involved group in Ardee and we sure had a wonderful La Feile Padráig.

There’s no rest now for the Senior Band as we continue in our twice weekly intense rehearsals, as part of our preparation for the IABCB National Championships on April 9th in the Solstice Arts centre, Navan.

Ardee Concert Band are supported by the Arts Council, music Network and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.


Prizewinners of the recent NE Region of IABCB Solo & Ensemble Comptitions 19/2/2017


 

    Ensemble Competition  
  Band Players Music
  Under 14    
1 Drogheda Eabha Brereton and Tara Murphy Pentacussion
2 Kingscourt Aine & Katie Byrne Allegretto
3 Ardee Ronan Tallon, Davin Starkie, Claragh Cunningham The Minstral Boy
Under 18  
1 Kingscourt Niamh & Sinead Byrne Poco Presto
Intermediate
1 INF Annie Rennicks, Darren Conneely, Amy Reilly, Megan Lynch Mark the Merry Elves
Open  
1 Ardee Dermot Murray, John Gaynor, Tim O’Callaghan, Rachel Goodwin, Vincent McArdle, James Walsh, Lorcan Conlon, Kevin Reilly, Paul Callan, Mark McLoughlin Three Brass Cats

 

Solos    
Name Band Inst. Piece
Under 12      
1 Claragh Cunningham Ardee Trumpet Aria
2 Aoibheann Murray Ardee Clarinet Shepherds Hey
3 Katie Byrne Kingscourt Flute Under the sea
4 Sophie O’Brien Ardee Clarinet Colours of the Wind
5 Darragh McCabe Drogheda Cornet James Bond
Under 14
1 Brian O’Malley Lourdes Cornet Lonely Steppes
2 Meaghan Platt Kingscourt Flute Alla Sicliane
3 Aine Byrne Kingscourt Flute Farewell
4 Shane Clinton Ardee Trumpet Aria
Under 16
1 Feargal Twomey Drogheda Cornet Chanson Napolitaine
2 Sam Blake Drogheda Cornet Tournament Galop
3 Sean Toner Lourdes Euphonium All Through the Night
4 Kayleigh Jane Kearns Lourdes Eb Horn The Swan
Under 18
1 Ellen Taaffe Drogheda Cornet Die Tapferkeit
Open
1 Mark Newman Lourdes Cornet My Love is like a Red Red Rose
2 David Lamb Navan Baritone Andante & Scherzo

 

 


Ardee Concert Band Annual General Meeting


Our AGM will take place on Monday 13th February at 8pm sharp in our bandroom, Ashwalk, Ardee. Everyone welcome, all members, parents of u-18’s are asked to attend this important meeting.

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If your a parent/Guardian and can help out at anytime in the year we’d love to hear from you, there’s no need to join a committee, just give us your number! We’re always great full for extra help as our organization is so big and successful.

Ardee Concert Band are supported by the Arts Council, music Network and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

 


BAFTA AWARD WINNER


 

Last night Ardee Concert Band were nominees for the first time in the fifth annual Baile Atha Fheirdia Traders Association Awards (BAFTAS).

We were in the running to be crowned best Community-Involved group in Ardee alongside Dee Hub, St. Mary’s GAA, Ardee & District Athletics Club and Ardee Hospice.

The winner was announced and with great joy, our chairman Mr. Dermot Murray was in attendance to pick up & accept the prize on behalf of the band, alongside other band members attending the gala event in the Nuremore Hotel, Carrickmacross. This was one of 3 categories open to public voting, and the members were both shocked and astounded as they were announced as the winners by Ardee Trader John Hennessy.

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Photo credits: Adrian Crawley and thisisardee.ie

Other winners on the night included Peter Callaghan, Noelle Douglas, McGoeys Pharmacy among many many others. The full news round up can be found on This is Ardee Full Article on 2017 BAFTA AWARDS

Ardee Concert Band are supported by the Arts Council, Music Network, and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

 


Dates for your Diary 2017


Sunday the 19th of Feburary.

North East Region Solo & Ensemble
Competition, Bohemian Centre, Ardee.

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Saturday / Sunday the 8th/9th of April. 

National Band Championships, Solstice theatre, Navan.

Wednesday the 16th to 20th of August.
Gormanston (Summer School of Music, 18+ only)

Ardee Concert Band are supported by the Arts Council, Music Network, and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

 

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