Drumbeat: Band season winds down

Ballynarrig Pride of Orange on parade in Bushmills
Ballynarrig Pride of Orange on parade in Bushmills

The 2015 band season is now into its final few weeks, with the last handful of processions of the year taking place across the length of Ulster.

The 2015 band season is now into its final few weeks, with the last handful of processions of the year taking place across the length of Ulster.

The past weekend’s largest event took place in Enniskillen, also proving by the end of the night to be the largest Fermanagh band procession this season.

Host band the South Fermanagh Loyalists Flute welcomed an excellent 40 bands to the county capital, with great crowds watching along the entire parade route.

One of the evening’s highlights were the Everton Road Protestant Boys Flute all the way from Liverpool.

Fermanagh bands Brookeborough Flute and Ballinamallard Accordion both impressed, as did many further travelled bands including Rathcoole Protestant Boys, Dunamoney and Newtownstewart Red Hand Defenders.

On Saturday there were several parade firsts, with no less than three bands having processions for the first time.

In the afternoon the Purple Star Flute were the organisers on the Shankill Road, with several Scottish bands among the line-up.

Later in the evening on the north coast, the Hanna Memorial Flute were the host band in Bushmills.

A very respectable 20 bands participated led by the Pride of Orange Flute Ballynarrig Limavady.

The flutes of Silver Plains Moyarget, Cloughmills Crown Defenders, Benvarden and Cullybackey LOL 696 and the accordions of Vow, Dunloy and Craiganee, all ensured the many spectators were entertained.

In Greenisland the Pride of Greenisland Flute had 15 bands on parade, on what was the first band procession in the village in 20 years.

In Bangor the North Down Defenders Flute were the host band, with participants including North Belfast Young Loyalists Flute and Ulster First Flute.

In Portadown the annual memorial parade had 20 participating bands, with the highlight the melody flutes of Cookstown Sons of William who led the evening.

Tomorrow night Skeogh Flute host their tribute for former President Ted Carey who passed away earlier this year.

The night’s entertainment will include performances by the hosts, Pride of Ballinran Flute, Dunloy Accordion, Sticks of Fire and Skeogh Old Boys.

The tribute evening will take place in Dromore High School at 7.45pm. Entry is free but by ticket only, available from all band members, with donations taken on the night towards Macmillan Nurses.

If your band wishes to publicise an upcoming event you can contact Drumbeat by text or ringing 07835624221.