Fire Alarm Test and Fire Drill

All Members, Parents and Friends.

LBB - FIRE ALARM TEST and FIRE DRILL.

The Lourdes Band will be holding our regular fire drills this Month. They will happen over three nights to facilitate all our members ie. Beginner classes (School of Music), Lourdes Youth Band (LYB), and Lourdes Senior Band. However everybody in the building must participate including any non members (Parents etc), Please be aware that the assembly area is at the Carpark of the St. Augustinians Church, also that Batchelors Lane is a public road so exercise caution while proceeding to the assembly area, older members please watch and assist any minors, If anybody has any queries or comments following the fire drill please contact us through our secretary at secretary@lourdesbrassband.com Thank you all in advance for your cooperation.

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Thank you, to the Drogheda Community - From the Lourdes Brass Band.

The Lourdes Brass Band would like to take the opportunity to thank the people of Drogheda and its surrounding areas for the generous support shown to our Church Gate collections on Easter weekend. We are honoured by your generosity. In our 60th year of serving the Drogheda community your kind donations have enabled us to buy new instruments, music stands, music and assist with the ever increasing costs of running a totally voluntary organisation.

Thank you to all who support us, we hope we bring pride to you and our community.

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Mark Newman & Lourdes Band hit a high note.

Mark Newman (Lourdes Band Principal Cornet) produced a performance at the recent IABCB National Band Championships that caught the ear of the adjudicator and won the best instrumentalist at the 2019 Championships. The Lourdes Band are extremely proud to see Mark receive such commendation, especially since the adjudicator was Mr. Alan Morrison, one of the all time great cornet and soprano players. The day was even to get better with the Lourdes Brass Band taking second place in the Championships.

As ever the Lourdes Band extends our thanks to the organising committee for their hard work in running the National Band Championships.

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Lourdes Band - 2019 Committee

Following the Lourdes Brass Bands AGM held on the 28th March 2019. We would like to introduce you to our new Committee line up.

Congratulations to Ben Flanagan, who takes up office as a committee member for his first time. Many thanks to our out going committee for all their work in their roles. Best of luck to all for the year ahead.

  • Chairman - Danny Black.

  • Secretary - Niamh Shortt.

  • Treasurer - Niall Shortt.

  • P.R.O. - Colin Black.

  • Vice Chairman - Declan Byrne.

  • Vice Secretary - John Kelly.

  • Vice Treasurer - Wayne Floody.

  • Vice P.R.O. - Ben Flanagan.

  • Grants Officer - Suzanne Newman.

Lourdes Brass Band Secretary can be contacted on secretary@lourdesbrassband.com

A very sucessful St. Patrick's Day

The Lourdes Band wishes to thank the organisers of the Drogheda St. Patrick’s Day parade. We really enjoyed  the opportunity to perform for the Drogheda community. Many thanks to all those who turned out in vast numbers to make the parade the success it was.

As ever our organisation depends on the continuous generosity of the Drogheda people. We are always delighted to be given a platform such as the St. Patrick’s Day parade to show our gratitude to all the people of the Town.

Thank you to the organisers and to the People of Drogheda.

Please visit our “Media” and “Photographs” sections on our website to view the St. Patrick’s Day gallery.

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Lourdes Band Solo/Ensemble day. A delight of musical entertainment.

Sunday 3rd of March saw the members of the Lourdes Brass Band depart from their regular Brass Band formation and expose their individual musical talents in the Bands Solo / Ensemble competitions. The audience was treated to a wide range of music genres, from classical to TV themes. Members of the Lourdes “School of Music” - Beginner Classes -Lourdes youth Band and the Senior Band, all laid on a musical feast. Congratulations and a big thank you to all who provided us with a fantastic musical day.

The Adjudicator for the day, Mr Jon Clifford spoke very highly of all the entrants, remarking that the high quality of performances gave him a real dilemma having to pick who he would award prizes too. He also remarked that on the whole he was delighted to see that everybody was displaying good techniques in their musical production.

Results of the Day:

  • School of Music - Newest recruits - Medal winners:

    Christo Mathews, Sienna Lily Thornton, Cormac Moore, Taragh McKeon and Max Sidenko.

  • School of Music - Students - Medal winners:

  • Cian Smith, Killian Coleman, Eoghan Clake, Ethain Diver, Lucy Coleman, Darragh Smith.

  • School of Music - Advanced students

  • 1st Place - Tomas McGreehan - Past time with good company.

    2nd Place - Alex Healy - Landler

    3rd Place - Daisy Sarsfield - Campanae

  • Lourdes Youth Band

    1st Place - Ged Milne - The greatest showman

    2nd Place - Cathal O Malley - Passion

    3rd Place - Matthew King - Movie Themes

  • Lourdes Senior Band

    1st Place - Mark Newman - Kim

    2nd Place - Danny Black - Beautiful Colorado

  • Ensembles:

    1st Place - Jazz Time music.

    2nd Place - Music of Ennio Moricone

Please visit our gallery to see photos of the Solo/Ensemble day.

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Adjudicator announced for Lourdes Bands Solo/Ensemble competition 2019

The Lourdes Bands 2019 Solo/Ensemble competition will be held on Sunday March 3rd commencing 11.00am.

The adjudicator for the days event will be Mr Jon Clifford. 

Jon Clifford studied trombone and euphonium at the Royal Academy of Music, London, from 1983 to 1987 under Harold Nash (Covent Garden) and Michael Hext (LPO). During this time he gained an ARCM (Perf), LRAM (Teacher), GRSM and DipRAM (Orch) and was also awarded the Sidney Langston and Aubrey Brain prizes.

After graduating from college Jon had trial periods with the Bournemouth and BBC Concert Orchestras, eventually becoming sub principal and later principal trombone with the Scottish Ballet Orchestra, a position he held until 2005/6. Upon leaving the SBO Jon has been freelancing with the RTE, Ulster, Wexford Opera, Irish Chamber Orchestras and performed at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Ryder Cup at the K Club.

Jon began lecturing in trombone at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in 2001 and in 2011 at the Defence Forces School of Music. In 2012 he was appointed Music Director of the Ballymore Eustace Brass and Reed Band and has also conducted the DIT Concert Band. More recently Jon has coached the brass section of the Dublin Youth Orchestra.

We very much look forward to working with Jon and receiving his positive feed back to assist us in our development.

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A Musical and Visual treat - Lourdes Band - Christmas Concert 2018

The Lourdes Brass Band performed their Christmas concert to a full house in the Droichead Arts on December 13th,

The Band displayed the full depth of talent and entertainment skills throughout the organisation with fine performances from our “School of Music” beginner classes, Our “Youth Band” and our “Senior Band”.

With Ged Milne (EEb Bass player in LYB) leading the audience in a White Christmas sing along. The Senior Band also had the audience rocking along with a melody of Christmas tunes,

The Bands person of the year awards were well received and deserved by:

  • Daisy Sarsfield - LBB “School of Music” - Student of the year.

  • Mark Askins - LYB (Lourdes Youth Band) - Band Person of the year.

  • Chris Nally - Senior Band - Band Person of the year.

Please visit the “Media” and “Photographs” tabs of our website to view the concert photos.

Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year to all the Lourdes Band Friends and supporters.

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Bereavement Notice - Mick Byrne.

The Lourdes Band extends its deepest sympathies to the Family of Mick Byrne. Mick has been a long standing supporter of community activities in the Drogheda district, with heavy involvement in Drogheda United F.C. through the years.

The Byrne family have a huge history with the Lourdes Band, with Mick’s son Declan (Band Vice Chairman), Grandson Wayne (Band Treasurer) who are current members, while his Granddaughter Joanna has always supported the Band both with her presence and also never forgetting us in her role as local Councillor.

The Lourdes Band extends our deepest sympathies to all the Byrne family in their bereavement.

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Tickets Now on Sale - Lourdes Band Christmas Concert.

Tickets are now available for the Lourdes Band’s Christmas Concert in the Droichead Arts Center on the 13th December €8 per ticket.

Tickets are currently available from the Committee office in the Lourdes Band room on Batchelors Lane (Map attached). The office is attended every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm - 8.30pm. The Band room is also open every Sunday. Monday Wednesday and Thursday from 7.30pm - 9.00pm, please ask for any committee member and they will be delighted to help you with ticket sales. Alternatively contact the Band Secretary through our Web site www.lourdesbrassband.com

Please be aware that the Arts Center has a capacity of available seating and this has lead to the concert being sold out early, avoid disappointment and get your tickets early. Tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis.

We look forward to seeing you all at the Concert.

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Christmas Holidays - The Lourdes Band

The Lourdes Brass Band organisation will be taking their Christmas holidays as follows:

Senior Band: Last Rehearsal/Performance Saturday 15th December 2018.

Rehearsals Resume on Sunday 6th January 2019.

Lourdes Youth Band: Last Rehearsal/Performance Saturday 15th December 2018.

Rehearsals Resume on Monday 7th January 2019.

Lourdes School of Music: Last Rehearsal/Performance Tuesday 11th December 2018.

Rehearsals Resume on Tuesday 8th January 2019.

The Lourdes Band Committee wishes to extend our best wishes and Seasons Greetings to all our Members, Volunteers, Parents, Supporters and friends of the Band. Many thanks for all the help through 2018 and we hope 2019 sees you all well.

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Lourdes Band extends it's deepest sympathies.

It is with great sadness that the Lourdes Brass Band has received the news of the bereavement of our long time friend Mrs. Pauline Kelly.

Pauline was not only a regular attendant at all our events, she was also a driving force on the Band Committee for many years. Her memory and tradition in the Lourdes Brass Band will be carried on by her Son John, Daughter Barbara, Grandchild Abbey and Daughter-in-law LeeAnne, who are also our Band colleagues. .

The Band extends our deepest condolences and will miss Pauline greatly.

May she rest in peace.

Bank Holiday - Mid term break - Rehearsal schedule

Lourdes Brass Band rehearsal times will be as follows for the October Bank holiday weekend:

  • Senior Band - No rehearsal on Sunday 28th Oct.

    - Rehearsal on Wednesday 31st Oct. as per usual.

  • Lourdes Youth Band - No rehearsal on Monday 29th Oct.

    - Rehearsal on Thursday 1st Nov, as per usual.

  • Lourdes School of Music - No classes on Tuesday 30th Oct.

    (Tuesday Classes) - Classes on Tuesday 6th Nov. as per usual.

The Band committee wish all our members an enjoyable long weekend and Mid-term break from schools.

Regards

Lourdes Band PRO

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Lourdes Band - Now Recruiting New members

The Lourdes Brass Band are now recruiting new members. We welcome all to avail of the opportunity to become a member of our vibrant community group, were musical education. music performance and social interaction is on offer. We structure our fees to allow all members of our community join in and represent Drogheda and the Lourdes Band at the many events we take part in throughout the year.

Anybody looking to enrol or has any queries can contact us through the "Contact" Tab on our website or contact the Lourdes Band Secretary on secretary@lourdesbrassband.com.

Enrolment will commence at 7.30pm Tuesday 18th September 2018 at our premises on Batchelors Lane, Drogheda Co. Louth. (Google map pin attached to this notice will direct you to the Lourdes Brass Band bandrrom).

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Drogheda - Fleadh Cheoil - A huge sucess

The Drogheda Fleadh Cheoil turned out to be a hugh success in showcasing the best points of the Drogheda community. From the abundance of talent on display, to the beautiful floral displays that gave a brilliant cead mile failte to the floods of visitors to the town.

The Lourdes Brass Band wishes to thank all involved for providing such a superb venue for us to display our talents to all.

 

 

 

 

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Tesco - "Blue Chip Scheme" Charity fund.

The Lourdes Brass Band are currently on the Tesco "Blue Chip" Charity fund scheme in the Donore Road Tesco store and fuel station. We would be delighted if our members, supporters, family, friends and the general public would be generous enough to select the Lourdes Band when lodging your blue chip tokens to a local charity. Please feel free to pass on our request to others. We extend our gratitude to the Drogheda community for their ever continuing support.

It is our honour to be serving the community since 1959.

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Farmleigh House

The Lourdes Brass Band had a brilliant day out at the prestigious Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Sunday 5th August. With a beautiful bright sunny day we had a great days fun providing the musical entertainment. Both the Lourdes Youth Band and the Lourdes Senior Band laid on well received performances for the large crowd. We would like to extend our thanks to all, both staff and audience for your graceful hospitality. 

Bray Bandstand - Excellent day of Music and Fun

Both the Senior and Junior Lourdes Bands,  travelled to the beautiful setting of the Bray Bandstand on Sunday 15th July. The Youth Band under the baton of Mr.Harry Kelly started off the performances and were very well received by the large crowds of on-looker's. With fine performance of modern and old time favorite tunes. The Lourdes Senior Band taken by Cormac O'hAodain, then took to the Band stand and laid on a special musical treat for the audience. It was not only a delightful day for the public, but the Bands enjoyed it immensely and we are as ever very grateful to the people of Bray and the event organisers for their generous hospitality.  Once the two Bands work was completed a great day was had by all at the sea front town and carnival.

Please feel free to view the Bray Bandstand photo gallery section of our website under the "Media" tab.

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