The Junior Midleton Concert Band has just returned triumphant from the 54th IABCB Competition (Irish Association of Brass and Concert Bands) at the Artane School of Music in Dublin. The 40 members who took to the stage, all aged between 8 and 16, were thrilled to bring home the title of “Most Promising Band” in the form of the Larry Daly Cup. They performed three pieces, ‘March of the Irish Guard’, ‘Adagio for Winds’ by American composer, Larry Daehn and a medley of tunes form the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie. Speaking with The East Cork Journal Musical Director Robert O’Brien said, “I’m absolutely delighted for the kids. They have worked so hard over the last few months and are a pleasure to work with. The certainly deserved the reward after all their preparation. They are so talented, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future brings for them.”
The original Midleton Concert Band played its first notes in 1951 under Founder, Fr. Michael O'Connell. It has grown in strength since with training and learning opportunities for all members to increase their repertoire and knowledge. It has also facilitated the creation of a Youth Band with Musical Director, Robert O'Brien at the helm of both the Senior and junior bands. Through his leadership and with the talents and enthusiasm of all members two were on stage, they have not only come out on top in many competitions but continue to serve the community and delight audiences with their wide array of enjoyable musical entertainment.
The Junior and Senior Bands will be rehearsing side by side in the coming weeks in preparation for a variety of outdoor performances in and around Midleton in May and June.