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Army Band visits Gaelscoil Aonach Urmhumhan

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(Article taken from the Guardian newspaper)

As a final engagement before playing for Queen Elizabeth II in Cork on Friday , the Army Band of the First Southern Brigade, based in Collins Barracks, Cork visited Gaelscoil Aonach Urmhumhan on Thursday for a fantastic musical performance.

Capt. Brian Prendergast as conductor of the band explained the role and function of the band in performing state and military ceremonial duties to gathered pupils, teachers and parents of the Gaelscoil.

The concert included a wide range of musical genre, styles and educational aspects as Capt. Prendergast introduced each instrument of the orchestra with various members of the band exhibiting and playing the instruments in question.

The concert began with an Army march entitled ‘Vimy Ridge’ and set the tone for a lively performance.

We then enjoyed a medley of Disney music entitled “Disney Around the World” featuring in particular the tuba and trombone instruments.

A piece called Marchissimo featured the smallest instrument in the band - the piccolo along with the baritone saxophone and euphonium, clarinets and french horns.

Our next treat was the “Cartoon Theme Symphony” – a medley featuring the themes from The Simpsons, The Flintstones, Pink Panther, Animaniacs, Tom and Jerry and Looney Tunes. Bhí na páistí ar bís ag éisteacht leis an gceol seo.

Sgt Jimmy Hynes sang a song from Chess called ‘Anthem’. The song is about patriotism and national pride – a theme especially significant this week with the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland.

The tables then turned and the pupils from the 75 strong school Banna Ceoil played a really entertaining set of pieces to tremendous praise from the Army Band. This was a wonderful opportunity for the children to showcase their musical talents and diverse repertoire in front of such a prominent audience. Capt. Prendergast 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 tunes entitled ‘Who’s that Masked Man’ featuring themes from Phantom of the Opera, William Tell Overture, Spiderman, The Lone Ranger and Zorro.
For the Finale, the band played a Michael Jackson medley including Billy Jean, Thriller and Human Nature.

Following calls for an encore, Capt Prendergast led the band in a Glen Millar’s Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. The children stood as they clapped along with such excitement, energy and enjoyment 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, bhí atmasféar iontach agus lá den scoth ag muintir na Gaelscoile.

© 2014 Gaelscoil Aonach Urmhumhan