Cootehill, Co. Cavan

Remembrance service mass and march at village.

Busy Time Ahead for St. Joseph’s Brass Band

A busy couple of months lie ahead for St. Joseph’s Brass Band.  The Senior Band will take part in the Grade Two section at the All Ireland Brass Bands contest at Armagh’s Market Place Theatre on Saturday, 1st November.  This contest will be a step up for the current All Ireland Grade Three Brass champions, but the members are relishing the challenge and are looking forward to playing in the higher division.  Musical Director, Noel Barr, believes the band will put in a good performance.  “The band is ready for the Grade Two contest on November 1st in Armagh; a lot of practice has been put in for the event; it will be a challenge at this higher level but I am confident that we will give a good account of ourselves.  The members of the band have been working hard for the competition; the piece of music “Prelude and Jubilate” is challenging, but we are up for the challenge.  We should accredit ourselves well.” Sunday 16th November sees the band participating in the annual O.N.E. Remembrance Service at St. Michael’s Church, Cootehill, Co. Cavan, and on 5th December, at Strabane’s Alley Arts Complex the band, with guests, will be staging the show “The Spirit of Christmas”.  This will be a very enjoyable festive occasion and tickets are available from the Alley Arts Centre.

The senior band has other engagements planned for the Christmas period, whilst the band’s “Vintage Brass Ensemble” has festive-tide engagements in a number of Donegal locations.  Details will follow.

The band is grateful to Strabane Credit Union for its donation towards the publication of “The Band’s Out”, the story of band.  Written by Paddy McGranaghan, the book priced at £5.00, can be purchased from any member of the band or at Haughey’s Shop, the Pagoda Gift Shop, Doran’s and McFadden’s newsagents. Copies are also available at the Alley Arts Complex.

The “Music for Youth” programme has started its new year and tuition is available in Brass, Guitar, Piano, Percussion, Speech and Drama and, Theory of Music.

The members of the band were sorry to learn of the sudden death of long-time member, James O’Gorman.  James was a popular and hard-working member of the band and for twenty-four years was the band’s secretary, a role in which he excelled. To his wife Vera, daughters Marie, Geraldine and Yvonne and sons, Pat and Martin, the band members offer their sympathy and regrets.

Anyone interested in booking the band for engagements, enrolling in the “Music for Youth” programme or in joining the band as a player, or as a learner, should contact the band’s P.R.O / Secretary, Paddy McGranaghan, on 07512727373

Source: Paddy McGranaghan

Wednesday Night Club!!

Well the weekly “Wednesday Night Club” is still continuing amid fears it could dismember as people return to normality amidst the start of term time. But alas, it has continued to keep up its interest and members continue to enjoy the evening’s proceedings.The Wednesday Club’s inception was some eighteen weeks ago, the 4th June and was aptly named by its’ founding members; Mark Rouse and Declan McElroy who had decided that some post-rehearsal drinks were needed after such a long break of service. Declan had been studying in Philadelphia, USA for almost a year (that explains the hairstyle!) and because it was his first rehearsal back we decided some celebrations were in order! Robert Coyle and Christina McBeth took little persuading and so it was, the beginning of an era.

First Night

Declan McElroy, Mark Rouse, Christina McBeth and Robert Coyle on the first night.

The Wednesday night’s have been continuous throughout with the exception of one night, some 5 weeks ago when all the members were suffering bad bouts of the flu; even band rehearsal had to be adjourned. But it has since been continuing to strive with new members coming and going to the club.

Even last week the Club embarked upon new territory as it moved to pastures new, this being its’ first tour, albeit only to Belfast, but essentially it still seems to be moving in the right direction.

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Onwards and upwards is all that is left to be said!!

Source: Mark Rouse