Strabane Christmas Lights

26th November

Cootehill, Co. Cavan

O.N.E. Remembrance service for ex-service men and women.

Quiz Night A Success!

Some of the more youthful members of St. Joseph’s Brass Band successfully staged a quiz in the Fir Trees Bar on Thursday 28th October. The quiz had 17 teams and all prizes were organised by the hard work and long walks of the members. Quiz master on the night was Paddy Houston and an enjoyable night was had by all.

All proceeds of the quiz night went to the Haematology Unit in the Royal Hospital, Belfast. This was a charity close to everyone at the bands heart and such a large turnout was testament to the hard work the band carried out to ensure the night was so successful.

The members of St. Joseph’s Brass Band would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who turned out to support our very worthy cause, and to all the local shops and businesses for such terrific generosity. It really did make all the difference.

NIBA Contest 2011

Here is a video of the ‘Performance of the Day’ at this years NIBA Contest 2011. The set-piece was Kevin Norbury’s ‘Variations on Maccabeus.’

The video is courtesy of TheSplash55, who spent a day in Armagh recording almost all of the bands.


St. Joseph’s Sweep the Boards!

Armagh’s Market Theatre resounded to the sounds of brass band music on Saturday, 22nd October, as brass bands from all over Ireland gathered for the 94th All Ireland Brass Bands Championships.

St. Joseph’s Brass Band, under the baton of conductor Noel Barr, certainly rose to the occasion and brought back to Strabane a collection of awards. Their splendid rendition of Kevin Norbury’s “Variations on Maccabeus” certainly left no doubts as to their musical prowess.

Not only did the band win the All Ireland Grade 2 Brass title, for the third time, but it won the overall best band award from all the bands participating in all sections of the Championship. The Bass section won the Best Bass Section award, whilst the Cornet section won the Best Cornet Section award. But, the accolades didn’t stop at that. The hard work and tenacity of the band’s conductor, Mr Noel Barr, was acknowledged when he was awarded the Best Conductor Trophy.

Band Chairperson, Mr Mark Rouse, said “this has been a wonderful day for band, for our conductor and for Strabane. Our success has been the result of many hours of dedicated practice and I would like all the members of the band to feel proud of their achievements today and congratulate them on their success. I, also,want to thank them for all their hard work. Together, we thank our conductor Noel Barr for his belief in us, for all his hard work and congratulate him on his success.”

St. Joseph’s Brass would like to thank all the people of the Strabane area for their continued support and are now preparing their Christmas programme.
The Band is hoping to start learners’ classes soon, and is always looking for new members. Anyone interested in joining the band should contact our Secretary, Paddy McGranaghan.

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