Pupils from the three schools of Powerstown/Lisronagh parish were treated to a rare musical extravaganza by the Army band.
The twenty eight-member band of the 1st Brigade stationed in Collins Barracks, Cork - which includes some members from Clonmel - travelled to Monroe Sports Complex for the occasion.
Three hundred and ninety pupils from Lisronagh, Powerstown and Rathkeevin schools were joined by teachers, parents and friends in a thronged hall to hear what was a memorable performance.
The band was conducted by Captain Brian Prendergast with Company Sergeant Noel Galvin assisting.
The band played many children’s favourites, including ‘Let It Go’, ‘Do You Want to Build a Snowman?’ ‘Under the Sea’, ‘Pink Panther Theme’ and the theme music from ‘The Simpsons’, which had the children continuously clapping and keeping time.
Captain Prendergast also introduced the different musical instruments followed by a demonstration of each.
An added interest was the presence in the band of two local men, Keith Greene (flute and piccolo)and Emmet Donlon (trumpet), both former members of Banna Chluain Meala and current members of St. Mary’s Choral Society.
Eva Power from Carrick-on-Suir, who is also a member, was unable to be present on the day.
Keith enthralled the audience with his solo performance of the Michael Buble hit “I Just Haven’t Met You Yet.
It was a powerful rendition which would grace any stage.
Present in the audience were Vinny Kennedy, Danny Carroll, Tony O’Keeffe and Michael Kiely of Banna Chluain Meala as well as Eileen Boland, Joan O’Connor and Frank Burke representing Moyle Rovers, who had so generously provided the venue for the occasion.
Catering was provided by the Parents’ Association of Rathkeevin School and Liz Nallen, Hotel Minella.
At the conclusion of the concert, Rathkeevin School principal Pat O’Brien thanked the band for providing such wonderful entertainment and the children, who were a credit to their teachers and schools for their participation.
He also thanked Pat O’Connor, Chris Doyle and Andrew Dowling of the Moyle Rovers GAA club, who gave so generously of their time in transforming the complex into a musical theatre.