Ardee Concert continued their tradition of leading the Ardee St Patrick’s Day parade on Friday afternoon – using the annual opportunity to showcase to the town ‘what they do best.’
The concert band has led the parade in Ardee every year since it started in 1968 – missing only one year, 2001, when the parade didn’t take place due to the Foot & Mouth crisis. It is by far their biggest audience every year and the band see it as extremely important to the band as an organisation, as they have every member of the senior band on the march with them on St Patrick’s Day.
Yesterday’s 2017 parade was no different and in addition to their formation they added their youth band into the parade ranks for the first time in the bands history. The entire group were led by band leader Fiona O’Reilly.
“The young boys and girls did a tremendous job and performed an outstanding march for their very first ever time marching in front of such a crowd, band pro Sinead Nutley said.
“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,” she continued.
There’s no rest now for the Senior Band as they continue in their intense twice weekly rehearsals and preparations ahead of the IABCB National Championships on April 9th in the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan.
Other bands that took to the streets of Ardee on Friday included The Lourdes Brass Band, St Joseph’s Pipe Band and the Holy Cross Accordian Band Atticall from Co. Down.
Ardee Concert Band are supported by the Arts Council, music Network and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.