Another successful concert in Warrenpoint Park on Wednesday evening 6 August. The weather was kind to us and quite a number of spectators enjoyed the one hour programme. Unusually we had 9 cornets on stage and 3 tenor horns – thanks to a couple of guests but the cornet section was bolstered by a new recruit Zara, daughter of Stewart Smyth. The band will soon be starting another beginners class so anyone interested young or not so young should get in touch, we would be happy to see you !
It was an early start 8am on Sunday July 20th, as the first ever cruise ship “Saga Pearl II” arrived in Warrenpoint. The band entertained the 500 passengers while the ship docked and as they disembarked to take bus trips to the Mournes and Belfast and to explore the delights of Warrenpoint. In the afternoon the band entertained the many locals and visitors at Havelock Place before proceeding to the docks for the ships farewell at 5pm.
The band took part in their first engagement of 2014 with a park performance in Scarva 8 June. It was also the first outing with our new conductor Stephen Murray.
Despite the wind and rain and a smaller turn out than usual the band played on and were encouraged by 3 people who came up at the end to say it was a very enjoyable and tuneful performance.
After a server problem when the site went down it took some time to rebuild everything……..we are nearly there -just need to link photographs to the posts.
The band itself went through a rough patch when we had no conductor, but am pleased to announce that normal service is resumed.
We had good performances during the summer season with August the busiest. Our Warrenpoint Festival concert went well and was enhanced by our guest soloist Chris Day, trombonist. Chris, son of our percussionist Colin, was on a busman’s holiday as his day job is trombonist with Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. The band did have a slimmed down cornet section, so a big thanks to principal Rodney, Alynn and Gareth rep/flugel/2nd/third cor etc. This Sunday we return to Scarva bandstand. It is good indication how much progress we have made as we will only be repeating four pieces since our last performance there in June. For that June concert we enjoyed the help of the Ballyduff band including the maestro William Hill on third cornet! The final outdoor event will be back in Warrenpoint on Sunday 25 August.
We have plenty of things to look forward to in the months ahead. First up is Suite in Bb to be readied for our defence of our grade four title at the NIBA contest. Before we get to play for the adjudicator we play at the launch of Positive Ageing Week in Newry, what are they trying to tell us? We have two harvest festival services to play in October, all good preparation for Armagh.
The band was well received at the recent concert in Rathfriland High School. As the main artists in the programme in aid of the building fund for St Johns Church the band played 13 pieces and featured the recent winning soloist, Mervyn Smyth in the Entry of the Clowns.
There was lots of good feedback from the audience and friends including “something for everyone in the programme” type comments. These pieces will form the backbone for this years concert engagements.
The next outing is in Scarva Bandstand on 9th June 2013.
The Band competed in the Brass Band League “Brass in Concert” in Fivemiletown last weekend and came away with two of the five prizes in their section.
The band faced the adjudicators playing a twenty minute programme which was judged on entertainment value and performance of the music. The music was adjudicated by John Doyle , soprano cornet player with the Leyland Band and Mrs Rachel Bingham a Fermanagh music teacher. The Fourth Section honours went to Letterbreen Silver Band, Warrenpoint Silver claimed the prizes for ‘Best March’ for the rendition of ‘Star Lake’ and Best Soloist’ for Mervyn Smith’s fine performance of ‘Entry of the Clowns’. The band’s hard work since January paid off as they added to their prize winning performance in the NIBA contest in October last.
The adjudicator praised their “superstar cornet section” and “great basses” and particularly liked the solo performance of Mervyn Smith who arranged the music for his tenor horn solo.
The band rounded off the busy Christmas season with a concert in the Quays shopping centre in Newry.The engagements were three carol services two concerts one illuminations switch on and a partridge in a pear tree. They took the opportunity to show off their silverware with the cup for victory in the NIBA contest, the second cup is the conductor’s prize.
The band took part in the 4th grade of the NIBA contest in Armagh on Saturday 13th October. There were 5 bands competing and Warrenpoint were awarded First Prize with Letterbreen Silver 2nd and Dungannon Silver 3rd.
The test piece was English Folk Songs and the adjudicator Mr. Chris Wormald said that the slow second movement was the deciding factor in determining the outcome.