The Gleneagle Concert Band have recently announced that they will be undertaking a joint concert tour with the Blarney Brass and Reed Band to the South of France in August 2017. The Killarney based community band now in its 36th year will perform two joint concerts in Monaco and Cannes under the baton of band conductor Vincent Condon.
The band will be embarking on their 6th foreign tour following on from visits to Holland in 1985, Germany in 1989, Austria in 2002, Paris in 2007 and Lisbon in 2013. Band conductor Vincent Condon commented:
“The band will perform two open air concerts in the centre of Monaco and Cannes. This will be a wonderful spectacle as between our own band and the Blarney Brass & Reed Band their will be close to 100 musicians performing on stage. This tour will be an excellent musical and cultural experience for band members and we are once again very proud to be representing Killarney and Kerry abroad”.
There is great excitement in the band about the trip particularly for younger members who will be embarking on their first foreign tour with the band which will also include a visit to Nice, Antibes and Juan Le Pins. Band manager Ciaran Lynch says:
“The ethos of the Gleneagle Concert Band is not only to provide musical training but also to assist the personal development of young people. Friendships between younger members that last a lifetime are often forged on tours. Seeing the enjoyment younger members get from playing in the band and how much they are looking forward to the tour makes all the hard work worthwhile”.
The Gleneagle Concert Concert Band & School of Music is currently enrolling new students for September 2016 for children aged 9 upwards. High quality instruments are supplied free of charge on a first come first served basis to students. Individual instrumentals lessons and music theory classes are provided by professionally qualified teachers on Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Drums/Percussion, Singing & piano.
Parents who wish to enrol their child in lessons in the Gleneagle School of Music and/or as a member of Gleneagle Concert Band (past members and adults with previous musical experience are also welcome to join the band) should contact the band at 087 2229513.