Whit Friday – Saddleworth Festival

Several members from St. Joseph’s Brass Band and other bands from across the North and South of Ireland are travelling to Saddleworth, England to take part in the annual march, affectionately known as ‘Whit Friday‘. The boys will be playing several marches and having the time of it as they dress up to mark the occasion.

March through Strabane

Saturday 3rd May will see the members of St. Joseph’s Brass Band, together with members from Strabane Concert Brass, New Ross Silver Band, Grangemoor Brass Band, Waterford City Brass and special guests perform a march through the streets of Strabane. This march will be the penultimate event celebrating the 60 years in operation of the local Strabane outfit.

The march is to begin at 2pm from the Canal Basin and move through the town and back out the Derry Road towards the Band Hall. All support on the day would be greatly received and appreciated by all members of the band, considering some of the distances travelled by the joining members.

Book Launch

The story and history of St Joseph’s Brass Band has been compiled into a book and authored by Band Secretary, Paddy McGranaghan.

It has been titled “The Band’s Out” and will be launched at the Gala Concert on 4th May 2008.

The book contains a number of interesting and funny stories and has a good montage of photographs, some quite old.

Gala Concert for St Joseph’s Brass Band 60th celebrations

The Church of the Immaculate Conception in Strabane will be the venue for a Gala Concert, hosted by St Joseph’s Brass Band on Sunday 4th May.

The concert will bring closure to the band’s 60th anniversary celebrations. The concert will feature the senior concert band, the junior band and the vintage brass ensemble, singers and sisters Aoife and Christina McBeth, violinist Maureen McGranaghan and a massed band including guests from Strabane Concert Brass, Wexford, City of Waterford Brass, Grange Moor Brass Band from Yorkshire and other guests. Soloists from the band will also demonstrate their skills with selected pieces.

It promises to be a night of enjoyable and excellent entertainment. Musical Director, Noel Barr, has selected an interesting, challenging and entertaining selection of music that will suit all tastes. Details of start time etc will be issued soon.

St Joseph’s took part in the local St Patrick’s Day Parade this year and on Easter Monday led the Spring Festival Parade in Cootehill, Co. Cavan. The band also received good news recently when one of its players, Gavin Barr, gained his Licentiate in Music Performance from the Royal Northern College in Manchester. Gavin was first appointed First Horn in the famous Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band.

Congratulations Gavin!

Source: Strabane Chronicle