Oct 25

Joe McGregor RIP – 25th Oct 2014

The members of the Band are very sad to hear of the passing, following a short illness, of our great friend and President of the Band Joe McGregor. Joe was a lifelong Band member and last year celebrated his 70th year playing Christmas Carols with the Band. Joe joined the Band in his early teens and played Solo Cornet for many years before moving to Baritone which he played up until his recent illness. Joe was always a dedicated member and musician, and seldom missed rehearsals or performances. As a Solo Cornet player he was renowned for his easy vibrato style which made him an excellent soloist. Joe was always a gentleman and he had a great interest in helping the younger Band members and he gave them great encouragement. In 2012 Joe was asked to accept the role of President of the Band in acknowledgement of his lifetime service. Joe will be sadly missed at rehearsals and on performance, but he will be remembered as one of a dedicated group of musicians who steered Blanchardstown Brass Band for over 70 years and are sadly no longer with us.

Ar dheis de go raibh a anam.

Joe McGregor RIP

Joe McGregor RIP

Joe on the left with Martin McAleese, Michael Harford RIP, President Mary McAleese & Eugene Tully RIP.

Joe McGregor RIP on left with Martin McAleese, Michael Harford RIP, President Mary McAleese & Eugene Tully RIP.

Oct 29

Coolmine Therapeutic Community 40th Anniversary Gala Concert

TUE 5 NOV 2013 8PM Draíocht, Blanchardstown

The Blanchardstown Brass Band and the Dublin Male Voice Choir combine their talents for a fun-filled evening of hits from the world of musical theatre, popular song, Irish and film score favourites. This will be an un-missable event in aid of a great cause. All profits go to the Coolmine Therapeutic Community, in this the 40th year since their founding in 1973. With special guests from the world of brass and song, this promises to be an evening that will appeal to audiences of all ages.

Music Directors: Zdenek Ondrousek, Áine Mulvey.

Click here to book tickets or call Draíocht Box Office on 01-885 2622.
Tickets €12 each.

Apr 04

Easter @ Farmleigh

Easter Sunday at Farmleigh turned out to a beautiful, sunny, cold but snowless day! As is now an annual tradition, there were a series of events going on around the house and grounds of this lovely estate. There were food and plant markets, a falcon show, puppet shows, Easter egg hunts, face painting and of course, musical entertainment!

At around 2 o’clock the band took up their usual position in the centre of the main garden, accompanied by some members (and good friends) of the Stedfast Shoes Brass Band, Carrickmacross. We were under the baton of their conductor Mark, owing to the absence of Zdenek, who was away on holidays! He did a wonderful job as did both bands. This was evidence in the numbers who came, listened (some for the entire 2 hours!) despite the biting cold wind. At one point towards the end of our performance it was actually standing room only!

Apr 03

Emmanuel 2013

Members of the band were once again invited to perform as part of the annual ‘Emmanuel’ show at the Helix theatre in Dublin. The show is a celebration of some of the world’s best liturgical music and features thousands of secondary school students singing their hearts out, accompanied by an eclectic range of musicians.

The show is organised annually by the Dublin Diocese and is directed by renown composer, conductor and arranger, Ian Callanan. Below is just a little taste of Emmanuel 2013, enjoy!

Mar 21

The Six Nations!

The band were very proud to play their (tiny, tiny!) part in the Irish women’s rugby team’s Six Nations triumph. The band were in Ashbourne to see Ireland claim the Championship in a thrilling 15 point to 10 victory over France.

The band had the honour of playing the National anthems of the French and Irish teams before the game kicked-off and of entertaining the crowd at half time.

President Higgins was also in attendance and so the band managed to keep up another tradition – of having performed in front of every President of Ireland. The President shook hands with members of the band and stopped for a brief chat with our conductor Zdenek and tenor horn player Marie.

We were delighted to see the Irish team complete the Grand Slam with victory in Italy, roll on next year (if you’ll have us back!).

Jan 26

Michael Harford passed away

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of one of the longest-serving members in the band’s history, Michael ‘Mick’ Harford. Michael had been a member of the band for well over 60 years, secretary of the band for almost the same length and served as band conductor and musical director from 1994 until his retirement in 2010. His dedicated service and commitment to the band will live long in the memory and he will be sadly missed by all those who knew him.

RIP Michael Harford

The great Mick Harford on baton

The great Mick Harford on baton

 

Dec 14

Christmas CD launched!

 

The first copies of our Christmas CD have inally been sold! The CD came back from the printers during the week and was launched last night at the Blanchardstown Centre.

 

The CD features the band playing a number of our favourite Christmas songs, from Mary’s Boy Child to Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree and at €5 it makes the perfect (modestly-priced!) Christmas gift.

 

We’ll be selling them in the Blanchardstown Centre again on Sunday and they’re available for purchase through the website. However, at this late stage, I don’t think we could guarantee delivery before Christmas. They’ll be posted on the day of purchase so if you’re willing to take your chance on An Post then by all means purchase away! Click here to visit our shop

 

Nov 10

Phoenix FM Live Broadcast

To celebrate the 186th. anniversary of “The Blanchardstown Brass Band”, Phoenix FM will broadcast a special live concert this Wednesday evening (14th Nov) at 8pm. The performance will showcase the wide repetoire of the band under its conductor Zdenek Ondrousek and will consist of well known Show tunes, Classical and Popular pieces.
The programme will be broadcast live on 92.5 Phoenix FM and will also be available world-wide through Phoenix FM’s live streaming at http://www.phoenixfm.ie/listen.pls. The programme will be hosted by Chris Hitchcock and Barbara Kenny.

This programme is funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s Sound & Vision Scheme.

Nov 04

Christmas Performances 2012

Here is a list of all our upcoming performances for Christmas. This year we will be performing in aid of four different charities: Peter McVerry Trust, Our Lady’s Childrens Hospital, A Little Lifetime Foundation and Debra Ireland.

Sunday 25th November: St. Benedicts National School, Ongar, 12:30-2:30pm
Friday 30th November: St. Brigids Church, Blanchardstown, 8pm
Sunday 2nd December: Peter McVerry Trust Christmas Concert, St. Patricks Cathedral, 7:30pm
Thursday 6th December: Blanchardstown Town Centre, in aid of Our Lady’s Childrens Hospital, Crumlin, 7-9pm
Sunday 9th December: Blanchardstown Town Centre, in aid of Our Lady’s Childrens Hospital, Crumlin, 3-5pm
Sunday 9th December: Carol Service with Choirs, Huntstown Church, 7:30pm
Thursday 13th December: Blanchardstown Town Centre, in aid of A Little Lifetime Foundation, 7-9pm
Sunday 16th December: Blanchardstown Town Centre, in aid of Debra Ireland, 4-6pm
Sunday 16th December: Carol Concert, Mount Nugent, Cavan, 8:00pm
Saturday 22nd December: Craft of Christmas, Tayto Park, 2-4pm

We have also recorded our first ever CD of some of our favourite Christmas tunes. We will be releasing it soon and will have the CD for sale at our performances during Christmas.

Aug 02

Former Bandmaster, Pat O’Brien, passed away

Former conductor of the Blanchardstown Brass Band, Pat O’Brien, passed away on July 28th last. He conducted the band during the 1970s and is featured in one of our most famous photographs with President De Valera below. He was the Head Usher in Leinster House for a considerable period of time and was also involved in the Army School of Music. He will be sadly missed, R.I.P.

 

 

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