Lourdes Brass Band, Drogheda - Win the North of Ireland Band Championships

The Lourdes Brass Band has successfully challenged in the North of Ireland Band Championships taking first place. The test piece selection of “Purcell Variations” by Kenneth Downie was performed to a high standard by all the competing bands.

Adjudicator Mr. Alan Fernie had the unenviable task of  ranking the performances. The Lourdes Brass Band from Drogheda were delighted with Alan’s decision to award the Band  1st place scoring 187pts. The Lourdes Bands Musical Director Prof. Michael Alcorn  also gained additional recognition and award for his conducting skills.

Prof. M. Alcorn congratulated the entire band on their performance and commended the fine playing of the bands soloist's Mr.Mark Newman (Principal Cornet), Mrs LeeAnne Kelly (Principal Tenor Horn) for their superb delivery on the day. The Bands newest recruits, who have just recently transitioned from the Lourdes Youth Band to our Senior band also gained special praise from our Musical Director Prof M. Alcorn.

As ever the hospitality we received in the Armagh Market Place Theatre from both the N.I.B.A. event organisers and our fellow Brass Band community was very welcome and much appreciated.

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Thank you Drogheda.

The Lourdes Brass Band, Drogheda acknowledges the generosity of our Drogheda community. Once again the people of Drogheda displayed their brilliant community spirit and very generously suppoted the Lourdes Bands, Flag Day street collection.

We are always proud to represent our community and will strive to use the generous funding you provided to entertain, educate and be an active community group that Droghda can be proud of.

Lourdes Brass Band, serving the community since 1959.

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Lourdes Band says, “Thanks for a great Fleadh”

The Lourdes Brass Band , Drogheda wishes to thank all for a brilliant Fleadh Cheoil. Drogheda once again showed off her beauty and extended a hugely warm welcome to the thousands of vistors to our town. The members of the Lourdes Brass Band had a brilliant time entertaining the huge crowds, with impromptu street performances from our School of Music, live broadcast Mass and a lively Traditional Music performance on the main Gig Rig in Bolton Square.

We thank the community, Fleadh organisers and all the visitors to the town for allowing us be part of a hugely successful Fleadh.

Anybody interested in learning to play music, is more than welcome to join us at the Lourdes Brass Band. See link below to register your interest and we will inform you as our new classes start this Autumn.



Lourdes Brass Band express our sympathies.

It is with sadness we hear of the death of Dick McDermot. Dick has been a very active member of our community and a driving force behind the Drogheda Branch of the “Men’s Shed”. Dick had an active interest in local community activities and the Lourdes Band were delighted to work with Dick and perform for the Drogheda Men’s Shed open day.

The sympathies of the Lourdes Brass Band go to his family and friends.

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Lourdes Band invited to perform at Live Televised Mass.

The Lourdes Brass Band, Drogheda has been invited by the organisers of the 2019 Fleadh Cheoil, to provide a Musical enhancement to the 11am Mass in St. Peters Church Drogheda on Sunday 18th August.

The Mass will be televised live by TG4, who will be broadcasting a lot of the Fleadh highlihhts over the week.

In addition we will be entertaining the crowds from the Gig Rig later that day with our high tempo Traditional music theme.

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Lourdes Brass Band - Drogheda - Takes the Senior Band Title. - Clonakilty 2019

The Lourdes Brass Band from Drogheda traveled to the South of Ireland Band Championships in the beautiful town of Clonakilty.. The competition is now the most attended Brass and Concert Band competition in the country with a field of 28 Bands competing. The event is now an international competition, with entries from as far a field a Washington U.S.A.

With such serious competition the Lourdes Band had to perform at their peak, and thankfully that’s exactly what the Band done. Taking the 1st Place prize in the Senior section of the Competition. The awards were not to stop there either, with further trophies being awarded to the Lourdes Band. Our elite trombone section won the Robert Tiernan perpetual cup as the Best Trombone section of the day. The Band also took the award for the best celebratory piece of the competition.

The Band performed a very lively program featuring the Copacabana, The New Colonial March, Attack of the Killer Trombones and a melody of music from the 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 out done the Lourdes Youth Band also brought silverware home to Drogheda with their performance of Wonderful World being announced 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.

The Lourdes Band extends our thanks to Mr Kieron Gallagher and “Kada Ka Boom Arts” for all their help to us in arranging additional percussion to enhance the atmosphere within the performance hall.

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Lourdes Brass Band - Thank You to the Drogheda Community

The Lourdes Brass Band would like to acknowledge and thank the Drogheda Community for the generosity extended to us during our recent “Flag Day” fundraising event. 

Your generosity to the Lourdes Brass Band allows us to operate a voluntary organisation and offer our educational, social and musical services to the whole of the Drogheda Community.

If anybody wishes to avail of our organisations services by becoming a member please contact our secretary at secretary@lourdesbrassband.com

Many Thanks to the Drogheda Community for your support over the years.

Lourdes Brass Band serving the community since 1959

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Lourdes Brass Band - Summer Holiday schedule 2019

The Following is the summer holiday schedule for the Lourdes Brass Band organisation:

Lourdes - “School of Music” - Tuesday evening classes.

  • Tuesday 2nd July 2019. No rehearsal, summer holiday begins.

  • Tuesday 23rd July 2019. Classes resume.

Lourdes Youth Band (LYB):

  • Monday 8th July 2019. No rehearsal, summer holiday begins.

  • Monday 22nd July 2019. Rehearsals resume.

Lourdes Senior Band:

  • Sunday 7th July 2019. No rehearsal, summer holiday begins.

  • Sunday 21st July 2019. Rehearsals resume.

The Band committee wishes all our members a great summer holiday and looks forward to seeing you all afterwards.


Fire Alarm Test and Fire Drill

All Members, Parents and Friends.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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