Celebrations at St. Joseph’s.

With the twice weekly band practices, Learners’ classes, Music for Youth activities and the weekly Vintage Brass session, it’s back to business at St. Joseph’s Brass after a well-enjoyed summer break.

This will be a busy and important year for the band, as it sees the band celebrating two important milestones in its history – the 5th anniversary of the founding of the Vintage Brass Ensemble and the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the very busy Music for Youth project. The celebrating of these milestones will take place amidst a busy calendar of events.  Besides a busy Christmas programme, the band will play at the annual O.N.E remembrance ceremonies in Cootehill, Co. Cavan on 28th November and the annual Marie Curie Cancer Lessons and Carols at the Alley Theatre on December 20th.

New members to the band, Music for Youth and Learners’ classes are always welcome and, retired brass players who feel they would like to take part in a weekly music session will be most welcome at the Vintage Brass Ensemble.

Band Chairperson, Mark Rouse, said that “the band has a busy year ahead but, as usual the members are up for the challenge.  We have a number of events planned for the year and a trip abroad next year has been mooted and the Committee are looking at its feasibility.  Some of our members have just started third level education and we wish them all the best with their studies. We look forward to seeing them when they are home on holidays. Also, we are very pleased to see that some former players, now living elsewhere, are keeping up the skills they learned at St. Joseph’s, by  playing in brass bands where they now live. This is what banding is all about. If you think you would like to join the band, or one of our activities, feel free to contact me, any band member or our Secretary, Paddy McGranaghan on 07512727373.”

Source:  Strabane Chronicle