The Barrack Street Junior Band

The junior band has taken many forms in the bands history however the current form was set up in 2002 by Mr Liam Daly. The junior band is a vital part of the Barrack Street Band’s continuing success as it’s where we train the next generation of musicians that will keep the band’s history alive and well in Waterford. For many the junior band is the first opportunity to learn music with children of there own age and then have the opportunity to play with the junior band itself. It is an amazing opportunity to learn and practice the skills that will enable them to develop there musical careers.

Over the past number of years the members of the junior band have been learning to play there instruments in-house and also specialist teaching where required with the WIT Music Department. The students of the junior band have completed there music grades in performance and theory with great success with some of the students winning awards on there instruments including winning a top place in the Finton O’Carroll feis which is held annually.

Currently the junior band is under the direction of Mr William Chester which himself is the Barrack Street Bands Solo French Horn player. Under William’s direction the junior band has gone from strength to strength with record numbers of his students making the grade and being able to take the big jump into the senior band. The junior band regularly perform with the senior band at outdoor engagements and at the bands annual concert which takes place every November.

 The bands repertoire under William has constantly improved as the standard of the band keeps reaching amazing heights no less than in July 2009 when the junior band swept the boards in the South of Ireland Band Championships resulting in taking 1st place overall which is an amazing achievement for the band. The junior band is a fun and vibrant place for children to learn the craft of music if you want your child to join please don’t hesitate to contact any of the bands committee or Mr William Chester +353863658888 or Mr Mark Fitzgerald +353879873503

Click the YouTube Video below to listen to a recent performance of the Junior Band in the People's Park Waterford City.

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