Saturday 24 February 2018

Magical Polar Express arrives in Arts Centre

Junior Band Person of the Year Sinead Wynne and her teacher Mark Newman.
Junior Band Person of the Year Sinead Wynne and her teacher Mark Newman.

Alison Comyn

THE POLAR Express, the magical train brought to life by the well-known film of the same name, came to the Drogheda Arts centre for the Lourdes Brass Band's annual Christmas concert on its way to the North Pole.

The festive night opened with conductor Mr James Mac Cafferty and the piece "Christmas Finale" an energetic selection of well know Christmas songs.

It was then time to introduce Mr John Kelly from the St Brigid's Drama Group as the Polar Express made its long journey from Drogheda to Santa's winter wonderland.

With the everyone in their seats and all train tickets collected it was time to start the journey with a rendition of Ticket to Ride arranged by Alan Fernie.

The show raged on and proved a great success, with the Lourdes Brass Youth band, under the baton of Mark Newman and the junior musicians under the guidance of Shannon Branigan, starring.

With the evening drawing to a close it was time for the presentation of the highly anticipated Junior Band person on the year and Band person on the year.

It was called upon Mark Newman as teacher of the junior classes to present the award. The award is presented to a member of the junior classes who shows great enthusiasm and is always ready do give his or her time to helping with flag days, bag packing or anything he or she is asked to do. The Connie Campbell Perpetual trophy winner for 2013 and Junior Band Person of the year was awarded to Sinead Wynne.

The Lourdes Brass Band Musical director Mr James Mac Cafferty presented the Band person on the year award. This year the award was presented to two members of the band who are always there for all occasions who are always available to share their experience and knowledge with the young musicians coming through the organisation. The Jack Reilly Perpetual Trophy winners for 2013 and Band Person on the Year was awarded to Niall Whelan and Brian Shortt.

There is one prize the no band member wishes to receive the wooden spoon award. This year it was presented to Kelley Cruise for her ability to fall asleep during a band rehearsal.

To make the festivities complete Harry Kelly long term conductor and honorary president of the Lourdes Brass Band led the band in Jingle Bells and Christmas Crackers arranged by Ray Woodfield.

An enormous thank you was given to Harry Kelly and James Mc Cafferty who have such a big influence in the future direction of the band. A special thanks was offered to John Kelly from St Brigid's Drama Group for all his help in making the night the success the it was and to the staff of the Drogheda Arts Centre.

Mr Colin Black chairman of the Lourdes Brass Band would like to wish all members and supporters of the Band a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year, and to thank everyone who has supported the band though 2013 and looks forward to an as busy and as successful a year in 2014.

Rehearsals for 2014 commence on Thursday 9th January 2013 at 7.30 pm and classes recommence on Tuesday 7th January 2014 8.00pm. Any past members who would like to get back to playing should contact the band committee at

Drogheda Independent

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