The members of St. Patrick’s Youth Pipe Band travelled to Limerick on Sunday, March 15 for the annual International Band Parade. More than 40,000 people gathered to enjoy musicians from across the world perform on the streets of the city, including 24 marching bands from across Ireland, Europe and the USA.
The St. Patrick’s Youth Pipe Band performed for the adjudicators and dignitaries occupying the Grand Stand at the end of the parade, playing the well-known piece ‘Hard Times’ (Stephen Foster) as a slow air, followed by an upbeat march tempo.
At the finale, the Mayor of Limerick Cllr Michael Sheehan named St. Patrick’s as the ‘Best Youth Band’ and presented its youngest members Ava and Grace Lane, aged eight and five respectively, with a beautiful glass plaque to commemorate the award.
The pipe band has been extremely busy since their fantastic win in Limerick. On St. Patrick’s Day, it performed in both the Bandon and Kinsale parades and is now preparing for competition season, which kicks off at the beginning of May. The drummers of the band will be performing with Sr. Alphonsus’ Bandon Drama Group in St. Patrick’s church on Good Friday for the ‘Prayers around the Cross’.