School band in Clonmel celebrates its silver jubilee

Ss Peter and Paul's School band

Liam Murray, Oscar Sirocki, Cormac Lynch, Arek Turowski and Sam Collins performed in the Ss Peter and Paul's school band concert

Ss Peter and Paul’s Primary School in Clonmel celebrated the 25th anniversary of its school band with a gala concert. 

Parents, families and loyal supporters turned out in great numbers to enjoy a feast of music featuring the Junior and Senior Bands, School Choir, three Ukulele Orchestras and a former members band. 

The excitement was palpable as you stepped through the doors and the almost 200 performers delivered in style. 

The Junior Band were first to take the stage. They entertained with a selection of familiar tunes and impressed the audience with their confident performance. 

The Fourth Class Ukulele Orchestra played Home on the Range and Cockles and Mussels, encouraging the audience to sing along. 

The boys had just completed their first year of Ukulele lessons with teacher Jimmy Fenlon and are looking forward to taking part in the school’s “Uke Factor” for the first time.

The Fifth Class Ukulele Orchestra gave a polished performance of Count on Me and Viva la Vida under the direction of Laura Ryan. The progress they had made since last year was clearly evident. 

Above - Sean McMenamin, Jake Fennessy, Oisín O'Reilly, Sultan Gazal, Killian Owens and Jakub Prazan entertained the audience at the school band concert in Clonmel

The Sixth Class boys showed their versatility with a fine performance of Carrickfergus, followed by the Cups Song in both English and Irish, with choreography by Kamil and Jimmy.

The Third-Sixth Class choir sang three beautiful arrangements. Soloists Tadhg and Joey tugged at all the heartstrings with their delivery of Queen of the May. 

The Lava Song was familiar to many and the arrangement of Heal the World also appealed hugely. 

It was hard to imagine that this performance could be surpassed until the Senior Band took to the stage. It was their day of celebration and they were ready to enjoy it. 

Under the watchful eye of the former members they performed with skill and confidence. 

They had prepared well and the audience was in no doubt when they heard the opening bars of Another One Bites the Dust. 

Soloist Killian Owens showed his prowess on saxophone and the boys concluded with one of their favourite tunes- Raiders March.

Former members of the CBS Band, who currently perform with Banna Chluain Meala, were delighted to be back in familiar territory. Under the direction of Peter Taylor, they gave a dazzling display. 

Younger audience members particularly enjoyed Beauty and the Beast while the entire trombone section featured in Basin Street Blues. 

The highlight of the event was the combined forces of the Senior Band and former members. Opening with Superheroes R Us, they certainly performed like Superheroes. It was scarcely credible that some of these performers were only in Fourth class.

Above - The school choir raised the roof at the anniversary concert at Ss Peter and Paul's school

MC Eddie Kearney spoke about the achievements of the band over the years. 

He also acknowledged the contribution of many staff members who contributed to a great gala concert. 

The benefits to children of learning a musical instrument are well documented, in terms of cognitive development, behaviour and social development. 

The highly successful music programme in Ss Peter and Paul’s, driven by the Principal and Musical Director Yvonne Moran, ensures that every pupil in the school has an opportunity to learn an instrument. Yvonne acknowledged the dedicated and enthusiastic contribution of Peter Taylor to the school’s music programme.

The evening concluded with the combined bands performing the theme tune from Game of Thrones. 

The amazing sound that echoed through the walls of the school filled all who have been associated with Ss Peter and Paul’s Band for the past 25 years with great pride and inspiration for the future.