BANDS 2019

Bands play a very important part in the St. Patrick's Day Celebrations in Dublin and throughout St. Patrick's Festival itself.

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BANDS 2019

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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Marching Bands 2019

From:Pennsylvania, USA
Director: Dr. Jonathan Helmick
Since 1889, the Slippery Rock University Marching Pride has been bringing exciting parade performances and halftime shows to local fans and appearing at national venues and parades, such as the Pontiac Silver Dome and twice at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

From: Dublin, Ireland
Director: Mr. Vincent Dolan
One of the largest marching and concert bands in Ireland, 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.

From: Germany
Director: Mr. Philipp Schurr
The Musikverein Offingen was founded in 1925. Currently there are about 65 musicians from 15 years to 65 years that play in the band. Offingen is a village with about 500 inhabitants located between Stuttgart and Munich. This is the first time for the band to play in Ireland and for the band Director, Mr Philipp Schurr, it is a dream come true!

From: California, USA
Director: Mr. Brian Ingelson
The Spirit of the Sands have produced excellent musical ensembles for many years and today the band boast a strong assembly with exciting repertoire. In 2015 they were named a Grammy Foundation Signature School Community Awards Winner, one of only 80 across the United States. The band have performed all over the world but this is the first time they will perform in Ireland.

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. 

From: Wisconsin, USA
Directors: Jennifer Lato & Jeff Krubsack.
The Band is well travelled, having performed recently in the 2017 Washington DC Cherry Blossom Parade as well as the 2015 New Years day Parade in Rome, Italy. In 2013 the band also participated in the New York St Patrick’s Day Parade. The band has also performed internationally in Paris, London and Edinburgh.   This is the first time the band will have performed in Ireland.

From: Texas, USA
Directors: Matt Pearson, Alyson Holley, & Jenn Giba.  
The Spirit of Saginaw Band is an award-winning high school marching and concert band located in Saginaw, Texas.  The band was formed in 2005 with the opening of Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District’s second high school.
The Spirit of Saginaw Band is overjoyed to be performing for the Irish crowd at the 2019 St. Patrick’s Festival. 

From: North Carolina, USA
Director: Mr. Timothy Cook
The Charlotte Catholic High School Band has gained notable recognition for its recent performances. In 2015, the band travelled to Ireland where they competed in the International Marching Band Competition in Limerick, Ireland and the St. Patrick's Day Festival Parade in Dublin, Ireland. The band was successful in both parades being named the Best International Band in Limerick and Best Overall Band in Dublin.

From: New Mexico, USA
Director: Mr. Dustin Seifert
The Greyhound Sound Marching Band, "The Sound of the High Plains", is proud to celebrate its 82nd year of musical excellence!
The band members are both music majors and non-majors. They perform music from the hottest charts, providing spectacular halftime entertainment for the fans that pack Greyhound Stadium.

From: Nebraska, USA
Directors: Dr. Brian Alber & Dr. Duane Bierman
The University of Nebraska at Kearny “Pride of the Plains” Marching band has a long history dating from its formation is 1907.  Members of the “pride of the Plains” are between the ages of 18 and 22 and comprise a variety of music and non-music majors.
The “Pride of the Plains” has travelled internationally every four years. Recent international tours include the Rome New Year’s Day Parade and Norwegian Constitutions Day Parade.

From: Iowa, USA
Director: Mr. Justin J. Mertz
Known for a professional approach to performance, the Panther Marching Band is recognized for its dynamic style, innovative drill and sensitive musical interpretation. The 300-member strong University of Northern Iowa Panther Marching Band combines “Panther” spirit, musicianship and more than 120 years of tradition to create renowned musical excitement.

Marching Bands 2018

La Cañada High School Marching Spartans
From: California, USA
Directors: Mr. Jason Stone and Mr. James Myers
The La Cañada Marching Spartans represent their high school at numerous performances throughout the Southern California area including, Western Band Association Championships, local parades and marching annually at Disneyland.  Under the direction of Mr. Jason Stone and Mr. James Myers they have received high honours at field and parade competitions at local and national levels.

The Lumberjack Marching Band
From: Texas, USA
Directors: Dr. David W. Campo, Dr. Tamey Anglley
Established in 1926 the Lumberjack Marching Band from Stephen F. Austin State University has entertained millions of people. Based in Nacogdoches, East Texas, the band has performed for athletic events on their own Campus and at stadiums across the southeast. They have also performed internationally at Parades in London and New York.

Jackson High School “Purple Army” Marching Band
From: Ohio, USA
Director: Mrs. Michele N. Monigold
The Jackson High School “Purple Army” Marching Band has travelled and performed all over the United States and has also travelled to China to perform for their sister school and on the Great Wall. Their unique style and quality of their performances has garnered praise from around the United States and abroad.

The University of Illinois “Marching Illini”
From: Illinois, USA
Director: Mr. Barry L. Houser
Founded in 1868, the unique style of the Marching Illini represents a combination of time-honoured traditions and exciting innovations. Members of the Marching Illini represent virtually every college and major on the University’s diverse Urbana-Champaign campus. They are no strangers to Ireland and 2018 marks their 8thperformance at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Dublin.

Legacy High School Lightning Marching Band
From: Colorado, USA
Director: Mr. J. Clayton Stansberry
The Legacy High School Lightning Marching Band pursue excellence in all that they do. From State Championships to Nationally and Internationally televised appearances, their goal is to create entertaining, excellent, and creative performances. There is a unique synergy between all aspects of the Legacy band program which yields outstanding results and performances.

Purdue “All-American” Marching Band
From: Indiana, USA
Director:  Mr. Jay S. Gephart
Organised in 1886, the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band enjoys over 125 years of tradition on the West Lafayette campus. Each year, the band serves up some of the university’s favourite traditions – the Block “P” formation, Big Bass Drum and lively half-time shows. They are one of the largest collegiate marching bands in the nation.

Youngsville High School Marching Eagles
From: Pennsylvania, USA
Director:  Ms. Cynthia Scheid
Youngsville High School Marching Eagles are under the direction of Ms. Cynthia Scheid who is in her 27th year as Band Director. The Marching Eagles enjoy marching for Youngsville community events, competitions and football games. Gold medal finishers in the Atlantic Court Championship, this year marks their fourth appearance in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Dublin.

Vestavia Hills Rebel Marching Band
From: Alabama, USA
Directors: Mr. Jerell Horton and Ms. Heather Palmer
The Vestavia Hills Rebel Marching Band was formed in 1970 in Vestavia Hills a suburb of beautiful historic Birmingham, Alabama. The band has consistently received superior ratings at concert band, jazz and marching band festivals. In addition to performing at various school functions, the band also performs locally providing music for planned concerts and civic functions.

Lakeville South High School Marching Cougars
From: Minnesota, USA
Director: Mr. Chad Bieniek
The Lakeville South High School Marching Cougars, established eleven years ago have recently completed their first competitive marching year, earning the People’s Choice Award. A firm favourite with crowds both at home and abroad, The Lakeville South Band program prides itself on serving its students, school and community.

Sue’s Stepper-ettes
From: Nebraska, USA
Director: Mrs. Sue Foehlinger
Sue’s Stepper-ettes Parade and Dance team was formed in 1973. The group has since grown to be the largest baton twirling and dance organization of its kind in the Midwest. Under the direction of Mrs Sue Foehlinger, they have performed and competed all over the world and have earned three World Championship titles.

Clondalkin Youth Band
From: Clondalkin
Director: Mr. Vincent Dolan
One of the largest marching and concert bands in Ireland, 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.

International Band Competition 2018

Overall Best Band
Legacy High School Lightning Marching Band

Sectional Award - Best Small Band
Youngsville High School Marching Eagles

Sectional Award - Best Large Band
The Lumberjack Marching Band

Spirit of the Parade Award St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2018
Lakeville South High School Marching Cougars

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: Dr. 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.

International Band Competition 2017 Winners

Overall Best Band:

Sectional Award Youth Band:

Sectional Award Adult Band:

Spirit of the Parade Award St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2017:


International Adjudication Panel 2017:

Norman Rogerson MBE

Norman Rogerson began his musical career at the age of nine when he was given an old German trumpet for his birthday. Within two years he was playing solos in his local church and in 1957 he joined the Band of the 13th/18th Royal Hussars. Withuin a short time he had established himself as the solo trumpet/cornet and in 1959 he attended a one year course at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall in London where he was to return ten years later for a four year Bandmasters course. Whilst there he was often asked to play solo's at St.Pauls Cathedral and Westminster Abbey as well as feature on the sound track of a number of films. In 1972 he was appointed Bandmaster of The Black Watch and was to perform with them all over the world, three long tours of the United States and Canada being some of the highlights. During his period with The Black Watch, the Band was the most recorded Band in the world, producing numerous LPs  and Singles some of which reached the charts in many countries around the world. He retired in 1984 and utilised his talents to organise many musical events throughout Europe which he is still doing to this present day.

Prof. Keith Bearden

Mr. Keith Bearden, Professor Emeritus, Texas Tech University retired in May 2003 after 23 years as, director of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland and Associate Director of Bands.  In addition, he conducted the University Symphonic Band, the Court Jesters Basketball Band, played trumpet in the Faculty Brass Quintet, taught classes in conducting/music education, and co-directed the Texas Tech summer music camps.
Professor Bearden served in the USAF Academy Band as principal trumpet in the Academy concert band and brass quintet.  He was also a member of the Falconaires Jazz Ensemble.  Following his completion of military service, he taught in the Texas public schools for six years..  His bands were consistent winners in concert, marching, jazz on both state and national levels. In 1979 he was honored by Phi Beta Mu as Texas’ Outstanding Young Bandmaster.  In 1980, he was appointed associate director of bands and director of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland” at Texas Tech University.  During his distinguished tenure at Texas Tech University, Professor Bearden was honored as Outstanding Faculty Member by Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board, and in 1999 his Goin’ Band from Raiderland received nation’s highest award for collegiate marching bands, the Sudler Trophy, presented by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.  Other honors include the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to Music Medal, the Texas Tech Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award, and the Texas Tech School of Music’s Distinguished Alumni Award.  He has also received the Texas Bandmasters Lifetime Meritorious Achievement Award.  In 2013, he was inducted into the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame.

Professor Bearden is active as a guest clinician/conductor for numerous schools as well as honor groups across the United States.  He is very active as an adjudicator in both concert and marching competitions. He is concert band and jazz ensemble adjudicator for Festival Disney in Orlando each spring.  At the international level, he is a member of the board and is chair of the judge bureau for the World Association of Marching Show Bands.  International judging assignments were recently in Malaysia, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Germany, Thailand, Ireland, and the Philippines.  Professor Bearden is the current president of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity.  He is past president of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association and the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu. Memberships include the Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha, and a lifetime membership in Kappa Kappa Psi.  He has served as a board member of the John Philip Sousa Foundation, and is a current member of the Sudler Shield selection committee.

Lt Col Wayne Hopla

Lieutenant Colonel Wayne Hopla enlisted into the Royal Green Jackets as a euphonium player in 1976. After continued service with the Light Division, in 1988 he was selected to attend the Student Bandmasters course at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall. 1991 saw him promoted to Warrant Officer Class One and appointed Bandmaster of the Royal Irish Rangers which, on amalgamation with the Ulster Defence Regiment in 1992, became the Royal Irish Regiment.
He toured with the Royal Irish Regiment Band throughout Great Britain, Northern Ireland & Cyprus and in 1999, having served as Bandmaster of the Grenadier Guards and School Bandmaster at Kneller Hall, he commissioned as Director of Music of the King’s Division Waterloo Band. In 2005 he promoted to Major and was appointed Officer Commanding the Training & Development Team at Kneller Hall, responsible for the training and testing of all musicians within the Army. In 2008 he was selected as Director of Music the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas, returning to the Household Division in 2011 in the post of Director of Music the Irish Guards. In July 2013 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and held the appointment of Senior Director of Music of the Household Division.
Following his retirement in 2015, he was reunited with Army Music in April 2016 when he asssumed the position of Director of Music of The Band of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment.

MA B.Mus Mus.Dip ARIAM PhD

Dr Joseph Ryan is the CEO of the Technological Higher Association, Ireland.  A musician by formation, he was the founding chairman of the Forum for Music in Ireland, an inclusive representative voice for music in the country.  Dr Ryan also served as the chair of the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland’s national archive and resource centre for new music, supporting the work of composers throughout the Republic and Northern Ireland.

Joseph Ryan taught in St Paul’s Secondary School in Greenhills, Dublin.  He has also lectured in University College Dublin and the National University of Ireland at Maynooth.  For some two decades he served in the Defence Forces Music Services where he held positions as executive office and senior conductor and director of the Army No.1 Band.  He was also a member of the Westmeath Arts Forum and an architect of the inaugural county arts plan.
Dr Ryan is a former conductor of both the University College Dublin Chamber Choir and later the specialist ensemble, Gaudete Singers; he is also a sometime director of Cumann Náisiúnta na gCór, and has been conductor of the Donnybrook Parish Choir, and former director of the Palestrina Choir in Dublin’s Pro Cathedral.  His research publications reflect his principal interest in history and welfare of music in Ireland.  He has adjudicated widely in choral, band, and general music competitions and has chaired the international adjudication panels for both the St Patrick’s Festival in Dublin and the Limerick International Band Festival.  He is currently Director of Music for the annual Dublin Festival that centres on the popular St Patrick’s Day Parade.  He has published widely including most recently a major contribution to mark the anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916 with a focus on the record of musical creativity in the century that followed.  The resultant book, The Invisible Art: A Century of Music in Ireland 1916 – 2016 was published in autumn this year in conjunction with a major three-week concert series, Composing the Island, housed in the National Concert Hall.  The book has also been shortlisted for the best Irish-published book of the year 2016.


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 2016

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