Drumbeat: Tattoo line-up announced

Lisburn Young Defenders will make their debut in the Belfast Tattoo
Lisburn Young Defenders will make their debut in the Belfast Tattoo

No less than six Ulster bands will be lining up alongside others from across the globe later this year in the Belfast Tattoo

The list of performers for the 2015 Belfast Tattoo in September has now been announced.

The extensive list of participants this year includes Lisburn Young Defenders, making their debut at the popular event.

Within a total of 600 performers, alongside the Defenders will be Fermanagh’s Brookeborough Flute and the pipe bands of Bleary and District, Killeen, Drumlough and Donegal’s Thiepval Memorial.

The Odyssey arena event will this year also feature the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines and other visiting bands from Italy, Canada, the Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands. For more information on the tattoo, visit www.belfasttattoo.com.

The Confederation of Ulster Bands continues its efforts to promote and work for the massive banding community in Northern Ireland next Wednesday night, when it will launch its strategic plan in Londonderry City.

The evening is hosted by the ever active Londonderry Bands Forum and will include several useful information presentations for the local band movement.

Forum chairman Kenny McFarland will open proceedings, before Derek Moore gives an update on its work. Confederation chairperson Valerie Quinn will then update all on the work of C.U.B. before detailing and launching its Strategic Plan.

Guest speakers on the night will include the Derry City Council good relations officers, the governor of the Apprentice Boys and the chief inspector of the PSNI.

After a question and answer session, chairman Jones and Marion Jameson will explain the new charity commission laws and their implications for bands.

The event will begin at St Columb’s Park House at 7.30pm sharp on January 28, with anyone wishing to attend asked to confirm to Derek on 71343080.

Some banding events scheduled for this weekend include the annual Rabbie Burns night for the Castlederg Young Loyalists Flute on Friday night in Bridgetown Orange Hall. Musical entertainment on the evening will include Clogher and District Pipe Band and the concert band of Cookstown Sons of William.

On Saturday night the Pride of the Bann Auld Boys host a fundraising band concert in the Sperrin Sports and Social Club. The bands scheduled to play are Drumaheagles Young Defenders Ballymoney, Macosquin First Flute, Portrush Melody and Ballyrashane.

If you would like to publicise fundraising, competition, cultural or any events related to the large Ulster marching band fraternity you can contact Drum Beat by ringing/texting 07835624221 or emailing kvfb@yahoo.com, with all contributions welcome.