Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Ln, Drogheda, Co. Louth
The Drogheda Brass Band will celebrate all that is local with a concert that promises to be spectacular both musically and visually. The Band, recently crowded NIBA Grade 2 Champions, will perform music composed by former members Christy Smith and Dr Richard Rock, current member Anthony Murphy and local composer Michael Holohan. The concert will also feature the bands Flugel horn player Chris Cassidy
The DBB were crowned NIBA Grade 2 Champions in Armagh's Market Place Theatre last Saturday. The band also claimed the best Cornet Section prize while conductor Michael Maher picked up the conductors prize.
The band has won 8 Championships in 7 years (6 IABCB and 2 NIBA) which is an incredible achievement however Saturday’s victory is particularly special considering the large number of young players who took to the stage.
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.
Stephen Murray has been named as the new Director of the Drogheda Brass Band’s School of Music. Stephen will act as the Director on an interim basis following former Director Barry Maher’s decision to resign due to work commitments.
The band would like to thank Barry for his contribution to the development of the School of Music over the last 5 years and look forward to its continuing development under the stewardship of the excellent Stephen Murray.
The Drogheda Brass Band’s Student of the Year concert took place in the Droichead Arts Centre last Wednesday. The annual concert highlights the achievements of the students in the band's ever-growing School of Music. 48 students from 7 classes took to the stage to perform their pieces. Each student was presented with their Grade Certificate and each teacher nominated students from their class to be considered for Student of the Year. From this list of nominations, Aishling Reilly was chosen as Student of the Year and was presented with the Jim Kierans Perpetual Trophy.
The band has recently invested in a new set of uniforms. These uniforms incorporate our new crest, which was designed by the band's Principle Trombone player Brian Murphy. In addition to new blue waistcoats the band has also purchased marching jackets. The jackets were first worn by the band at this year's St Patricks Day Parade in Drogheda, while the waist coats were debuted at the National Championships in April.
The Drogheda Brass Band came second in this year's National Championships which took place in University Limerick on the 6th of April. Despite producing two strong performances, we were beaten into second place by Downshire Brass Band who played superbly to win the competition.
The defeat ends our amazing run of six consecutive National Championship victories. While this is disappointing we can look to the future with optimism thanks to the performances of our younger members, many of whom made their competitive debut with the band at this contest.