The Drogheda Brass Band School of Music held its annual Junior Slow Melody competition on Saturday 21st September in the DBB Bandrooms at East Coast Business Park, with participants competing in three different age categories. Students from the School of Music took part in Under-12, Under-15 and Under-18 competition sections, with every player performing admirably and ensuring a hugely entertaining show for the many friends and family members in the audience.
With an extremely high standard of playing on the day, the adjudicator, John Carpenter of the Irish Army Band, was faced with some very tough decisions. In the end, the proud winners of the U-12, U-15 and U-18 sections were, respectively, Josh Murphy, Ailish Newton and Aisling Reilly.
Stephen Murray, director of the Drogheda Brass Band School of Music, expressed his delight at the success of the event, commending all the students for putting on such a fine show. He went on to thank those that made the day possible, including all the voluntary teachers of the School of Music, the board of the band, the adjudicator John Carpenter, photographer Seánaí Conlan, and of course the many parents and friends who turned up to enjoy the competition. All involved are already looking forward to next year’s event!
Under-12 (Michael Maher Perpetual Cup)
1st place: Josh Murphy
2nd place: Grace Campell
3rd place: Fearghal Twomey
Under-15 (Tony Collins Perpetual Cup)
1st place: Ailish Newton
2nd place: Simon Radike
3rd place: Mebh Brereton
Under-18 (Dan Cassidy Memorial Cup)
1st place: Aisling Reilly
2nd place: Rohan O'Donovan
3rd place: Úna O’Shea