14th-17th March, 2015. Dublin, Ireland
Perform in The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Dublin.

Bands 2016

Bands play a very important part in the St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Dublin and throughout St. Patrick’s Festival itself. Bands from Ireland and around the world have thrilled audiences with their musical mastery and flair down through the years and we want you to be part of the future celebrations.

Celebratory theme tune by Pete St. John: “March To Dublin”

In what was a first for St. Patrick’s Festival and in partnership with the Office of the Lord Mayor and Dublin City Council, the 2016 Festival adopted a theme tune. Award-winning Dublin song-writer Pete St. John composed the celebratory tune “March to Dublin*”.

The march is a declaration of the welcoming spirit ever present in our nation’s capital city for all visitors to Ireland’s shores. It is an all-inclusive invitation to embrace and enjoy the history and culture of our over one thousand years old city on the banks of the magnificent River Liffey. It was performed during the ceremonial section of the festival 2016 Parade by the Artane Band.

*Composed by Pete St. John (The Fields of Athenry), arranged by Mr. Joe Lynch (1988) revised Mr. Ronan O’ Reilly (2016), & performed by the Artane Band.

Mp3: click here to download.

March card and score: click here to download PDF

Full score: click here to download PDF

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Applications for the 2017 & 2018 St. Patrick’s Day parade are now closed.  Applications for 2019 are now being accepted.

For information or assistance please contact Edelle by email bands@stpatricksfestival.ie or by phone: +353 1 604 0090

Marching Bands 2016

Name: Shorecrest Highschool Highlander Marching Band
Address: Shoreline, Washington USA
Director: Mr.  Vince Caruso

Name: Mona Shores High School Sailor Marching Band
Address: Muskegon, Michigan USA
Director:  Mr. Jason Boyden

Name: Clondalkin Youth Band
Address: Clondalkin, Dublin, Ireland
Director: Mr. Vincent Dolan

Name: Christopher Newport University Marching Captains
Address: Newport News, Virginia
Director:  Dr. John Lopez

Name: Whitewater High School Wildcat Marching Band
Address: Wildcat Way, Fayetteville, Georgia USA
Director: Mr. Jack Jean

Name: Essex Marching Corps
Address: Essex, UK
Director:  Ms. Hayley Meagher

Name:  Colorado School Of Mines Marching Band and Choir
Address:  Colorado, USA
Director:  Dr. Robert Kilmek

Name: Cathedral High School ‘Pride of the Irish’ Marching Band
Address:  Indianapolis, USA
Director: Ms. Cathy McCullough

Name:  Bagad de Vannes Melinerion
Address: Brittany
Director:  Mr. Chouzier Etienne

Name: Old Dominion University Monarch Marching Band
Address: Elkhorn Avenue, Norfolk, VA, USA
Director:  Dr. Alex Trevino

Name: Hagerty High School Marching Huskies
Address: Oviedo Florida, USA
Director:  Mr. Brad Kuperman

Name:  John F. Kennedy High School Shamrock Regiment
Address: La Palma, California, USA
Director:  Mr. Joshua Parsons

Name: University of Missouri Marching Band
Also Known As: ‘Marching Mizzou’ aka ‘The Big ‘M’ of the Midwest’
Address: Missouri, USA
Director:  Dr. Bradley Snow

Name: The Artane Band
Address: Artane, Dublin, Ireland
Director:  Mr. Ronan O'Reilly

International Band Competition

International Adjudication Panel 2016:

Dr. Joseph Ryan (Chair) - MA, B.Mus, Mus.Dip, ARIAM, PhD, Music advisor to St Patrick’s Festival, sometime Executive Officer Irish Defence Forces Music Service and former Director of Music, Army Number 1 Band. Ireland.

Commander Truls Sanaker - Director of the Royal Norwegian Navy Band

Dr Matthew George - Professor of Music, John Ireland Distinguished Professor, Director of Bands and Orchestra and Chair of the Music Department, University of St Thomas, Minnesota USA

Dr James Standland, Director, The Pride of Mississippi Assistant Director of Bands, The University of Southern Mississippi 

Professor Dennis Zeisler, former President of the American Bandmasters' Association, and Director of Bands at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia

Read more about the International Adjudication Panel


2016 Competition Winners:

Best Overall Band: Shorecrest High School Highlander Marching Band - Washington, USA

Spirit of the Parade: Clondalkin Youth Marching Band - Dublin, Ireland
Best Youth Band: John F. Kennedy High School Shamrock Regiment - California, USA
Best Adult Band: University of Missouri - Missouri, USA
Discretionary Award: Essex Marching Corps - Essex, UK


2015 Competition Winners:

Special Adjudicators' Award: Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band

Spirit of the Festival: Musikkapelle Garmich
Best Youth Band: Clondalkin
Best Adult Band: University of Southern Mississipi
Overall Champion Band: Charlotte Catholic High School

Marching Bands 2015

Marching ensembles from around the globe provide the musical score for the festival parade on March 17th, the bands that performed in the 2015 Festival Parade were:

  • Bagpipes and Drums of the Emerald Society - Chicago Police Dept, Illinois, USA
  • University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi, USA
  • Kilgore Rangerettes & All-Stars, Texas, USA
  • Coronodo High School, Nevada, USA
  • Charlotte Catholic High School, North Carolina, USA
  • North Dakota State University Gold Marching Band, North Dakota, USA
  • Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band, Louisiana, USA
  • Columbus East High School, Indiana, USA
  • Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound Sound, New Mexico, USA
  • Woodstock High School Marching Wolverine Band, Georgia, USA
  • Albany Marching Falcons, New York, USA
  • Musikkapelle Garmisch, Bavaria, Germany
  • Musikverein Trachtenkapelle Biederbach e.V., Black Forest, Germany
  • Clondalkin Youth Marching Band, Dublin, Ireland

The marching bands who performed in the 2014 Festival parade were:

  • Guggemusik Simsegraebsler Hofstetten, Germany
  • The Orchestra of the Estonian Defence Forces, Estonia
  • La Canada High School (Marching Spartans), California, USA
  • University of Illinois Marching Illini, Illinois, USA
  • Fort Madison High School (Marching Bloodhounds), Iowa, USA
  • Louisiana State University Marching Band, Louisiana, USA
  • Acton-Boxborough Regional HS, Massachusetts, USA
  • Owasso High School Marching Band, Oklahoma, USA
  • Coronado HighSchool Marching Band, Texas, USA
  • Clover Hill High School, Virginia, USA
  • Clondalkin Youth Band, Ireland
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