Music in Cashel is set to sound even sweeter this summer - with the arrival of long awaited new instruments for St Patrickâ€™s Brass Band.
There was an air of excitement around the Old City Hall on Friday last as members of St. Patrickâ€™s Brass Band gathered with Michael Begley, Project Development Officer South Tipperary Development Company, for the official photograph of new instruments purchased with the help of a Leader grant. Having been approved for the grant back in February it has been a long wait for the instruments, most of which were made specifically for the band, to finally arrive from Germany and UK.
The entire bass section of the band has been kitted-out with new instruments including three tubas, a euphonium, two baritones and two tenor horns. The percussion section has also been revamped with the purchase of a new Premier Drum Kit and a junior marching bass drum. Possibly the most significant purchase has been a set of Timpani (kettle drums). This has long been the dream of band master Gus McDonnell but due to cost has never been achievable up to now â€“ thankfully with the help of South Tipperary Development Company this dream has become a reality and Gus, a renowned percussionist himself, is delighted to finally have a set of Timpani in the band. Megan Lonergan and Caoimhe Moloney, members of the percussion section, will now train on the new instruments and they will definitely add a new dimension to the entire band.
The band would like to sincerely thank Michael and all his team for all their help in acquiring the grant. A special word of thanks to Maria Devane for her patience and help. Also thanks to Richard Wood for all his assistance. The band will be starting junior classes in September and would encourage anyone with an interest in music to come along. Age is not a restriction and anyone from eight to 80 is always welcome. Inquiries to Kem White 0877497744.