The Lourdes Brass Band which won first prize in the Senior section of the South of Ireland Band Championships at the weekend.
It’s a long drive from Drogheda to Clonakilty in West Cork but for the members and supporters of Drogheda’s Lourdes Brass Band it was a journey they gladly undertook to participate in the South of Ireland Band Championships at the weekend.
With 28 bands competing this year, the South of Ireland Championship is the most hotly contested Brass and Concert Band competition in Ireland and, with entries from as far afield as Washington U.S.A., the event is now an international competition.
So, with such serious competition, the Lourdes Brass Band had to perform at their peak to impress the adjudicator, the renowned Mr. Philip Harper, and that’s exactly what they did.
Their performance took the first prize in the Senior section but the awards did not stop there. The elite Lourdes Band trombone section won the Robert Tiernan perpetual cup as the Best Trombone section of the day and the band also took the award for the best celebratory piece of the competition.
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The Lourdes Band performed a very lively programme featuring the Copacabana, The New Colonial March, Attack of the Killer Trombones and a melody of music from Village People. The performance was enhanced by stylistic choreography and the Band providing a high energy Samba beat to take to the stage.
Not to be outdone, the Lourdes Youth Band also brought silverware home to Drogheda with their performance of Wonderful World being announced by the Intermediate adjudicator Mr. Tom Davoren as the best musical arrangement of the competition. This is a piece that the Lourdes Youth Band’s Musical Director Mr. John Walsh arranged for the Youth Band and it received its first rendition at the South of Ireland Competition.
Needless to say both the Lourdes Senior and Youth Band are extremely proud and delighted with the results. The journey home didn’t seem so far to the jubilant band members
A Lourdes Brass Band spokesperson expressed a “major thank you” to local group "Kada Ka Boom Arts" for the supply of additional percussion instruments.