Bands 2017

BANDS 2017

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 or by phone: +353 1 604 0090

Marching Bands 2017

The Artane Youth Band
From: Dublin, Ireland.
Director: Mr. Ronan O’Reilly
The Artane Band has been in existence since 1872 and has played for many heads of state, in their long history. They have a unique and long standing relationship with the GAA and are a well known feature of all Ireland Sundays. 

Clondalkin Youth Band
From: Dublin, Ireland
Director: Mr. Vincent Dolan
One of the largest marching and concert bands in Ireland, they have won many awards over the years. They have performed every year in the Dublin Parade since 1989. The band is under the expert guidance and baton of Mr. Vincent Dolan, a graduate of the College of Music, Dublin and a full-time member of the Irish Army School of Music.

St. Joseph’s Pipe Band
From: Glasdrumman, Co Down
Director: Miss Catherine Mallon
St. Joseph’s Pipe Band, Glasdrumman, Co Down was formed in 1946 and celebrated their 70th anniversary last year. The band has played throughout Ireland and have travelled to the USA on three occasions.  They have performed in Boston and New York taking part in the St. Patrick Day parade on 5th Avenue. St. Joseph’s have been All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil Pipe Band title holders three times.

Westchester Firefighters Emerald Society
From: New York, USA
Director: Mr. Paul Jackman
Westchester Firefighters Emerald Society is a fraternal organisation comprised of professional firefighters of Irish descent located in Westchester County, New York, USA. Organised in 1980, they celebrate, preserve and promote Irish culture and heritage within the Westchester professional fire services through fellowship and community service.

Bahamas All-Stars Marching Band
From: Nassua, Bahamas
Director: Mr. Yonell Justilien
Bahamas All-Stars Marching Band was founded in 2011 with the aim of bringing together young Bahamians aged between 13-18. Under the direction of Mr. Yonell Justilien the band performs regularly in the Bahamas and in 2014 performed at the US Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. This is the band’s first visit to Dublin.

DeKalb High School Marching Barbs
From: Illnois, USA
Director: Mr. Steve Lundin
The Marching Barbs are so named as the town of DeKalb was the first home of industrial produced barb wire. They regularly perform at the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade and the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival Parade in Illnois. The Marching Barbs were placed first in the 2012 All-State Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. This is the Barb’s first visit to Ireland.

The Edgewood Marching Mustangs
From: Indiana, USA
Director: Mr. Aaron Wells
The Edgewood Marching Mustangs are one of the many performing groups from Edgewood High School in Ellettsville, Indiana. They are twelve time State Marching Band Finalists and have been nominated as an Indiana All-State Music School for the last three years. In 2009 they received the youth band award in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin.

Fränkeschränzer Bubendorf
From:  Bubendorf, Switzerland
Director: Mr. Reto Tschudin
This fraternal band are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. They perform in the Swiss Championships of Carnevalmusic every year, in 2010 they won first place and in 2014 won loudest band. Every year they perform in a different costume with a different mask or larve. This is the band’s first visit to Ireland.

Illinois State University’s Big Red Marching Machine
From: Illinois, USA
Director: Dr. Gavin Smith
The Big Red Marching Machine performed in the 2007 St Patrick’s Day parade. The Illinois State University’s bands were formed in 1932. They have performed all over the world including Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1998 and numerous Chicago Bears games. They have released dozens of musical recordings to wide critical acclaim.

Kadoudal Drum & Bugle Corps
From:  Quiberon, France
Director: Mr. Yvan Boscher
Kadoudal Drum and Bugle Corps was established in 2008 by director Yvan Boscher and his brothers, former musicians at the Cavalry Band of the Republican Guard of Paris. They are a youth marching band comprising 25-30 musicians.  They perform in the junior cycle of the Drum Corps Europe Championships every year since 2010 and were vice champions in 2012.

Pacific Northwest Intercollegiate Marching Band
From: Oregon and Washington, USA
Director: Mr. Brad McDavid
The Pacific Northwest Intercollegiate Marching Band is proud to be making its debut performance in Dublin. The band draws its membership from three of the largest universities from within the United States Pacific Northwest: The University of Oregon, University of Washington, and Washington State University. Under the direction of Dr. Brad McDavid, these marching bands provide a colorful blend of colour and musical variety.

Trommlerkorps “Gut Klang” 1919 Dortmund / Germany
From: Dortmund, Germany
Director: Mr. Friedhelm Koch
A group of former miners came together in 1919 to form this drum-corps. In the band’s 98 years they have performed in the German-American Steuben-Parade in New York in 1984 and 1998, visited King Mswati III of Swaziland and have played at the Great Wall of China. Their repertoire includes March to Dublin and It’s a Long Way to Tipperary. They are delighted to be visiting Ireland for the first time.

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

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