Cheoil an Airm
(Article taken from the Guardian newspaper)
The children of Gaelscoil Aonach Urmhumhan were treated to a rare musical
treat last January when the Army band of the Southern Command, based
in Collins Barracks, Cork and led by Lt. Fergal Carroll visited the
school for a musical performance.
The concert included a wide range of musical genre, styles and education
aspects as Lt Carroll introduced each instrument of the orchestra with
various members of the band exhibiting and playing the instruments in
The concert began with an Army march and set the tone for a lively performance.
Following an introduction to the trumpet Sgt O’Donnell played
the part of a boy learning the trumpet while Sgt Hyland narrated the
story of “Johnny Learns to Play” le Boogie Bugle Boy, bhí
an páistí ag titím ó na cathaireacha –
a leithéid d’ainm níor chuala siad riamh! The children
were highly amused by this musical story and laughed loudly as Sgt O’Donnell
played wrong notes badly!
Soon after Sgt Nolan performed Westlife’s “You Raise Me
Up” accompanied by both the band and a chorus of enthusiastic
children as they sang their hearts out!
We then enjoyed a medley of Latin American music entitled “Fiesta
Tropicale” featuring in particular the tuba and brass instruments.
Following this Lt Carroll introduced us to the flute, oboe and piccolo
section and continued with the “Cartoon Theme Symphony”
– a medley featuring the themes from The Simpsons, The Flintstones,
Pink Panther, Animaniacs and Looney Tunes.
Sgt Hynes gave us a tour of his impressive drum and percussions kit
much to the delight of the children!
The tables then turned and the pupils from the Gaelscoil School band
performed four pieces for the Army Band. This was a wonderful opportunity
for the children to showcase their musical talents in front of such
a prominent audience. Lt Carroll praised the high standard of musical
abilities within the band and encouraged the children to pursue their
interests and involvement in music.
The Army band once again took centre stage with a medley of Disco Tunes.
The children rose to their feet, clapping and swaying to the music.
For the Finale, Sgt Kelleher raised the roof with an energetic rendition
of Robbie William’s “Let Me Entertain You”. The children
stood on their chairs as they sang along with such excitement, energy
Following calls for an encore, Lt Carroll led the band in a Jazz arrangement
to round off what was a fantastic day’s entertainment and one
that will be long remembered by all. With a feast of food provided and
served by the parents for the Army Band and all the children, bhí
atmasféar iontach agus lá den scoth ag muintir na Gaelscoile.