Barrack Street Band News

Barrack Street Band Launces New Website!!!

September 2009 sees the launch of the new Barrack Street Band Website...

Bands Annual Concert!!!

Congratulations to everyone involved in our concert this year. It has been a huge success in no small part to all those involved. A special word of thanks to Paul Monaghan he was fantastic and its true he has got the perfect male voice. Also a word of thanks to Oliver Carroll for his excellent job as compare for the night, and to Wayne Brown for accompaning Paul. The biggest word of thanks has to go to our MD Mark Fitzgerald it was his vision that has brought the concert to the new hights and has the unenviable task of topping it next year. Again congrats to everyone for making the concert a huge success.  

Junior Band Enrolement!!!

Junior Classes are enrolling now to avoid disapointment please contact Mr Mark Fitzgerald  087-9873503  or Mr William Chester  086-3658888  asap.

Junior Bands Person of the Year Announced !!!!!!

Our musicial director had the tough task in picking the junior bands person of the year for this year. Following last years recipient Ms Kaite Mahon it was going to be a tough choice. Speaking to the general body of the band our MD Mr Mark Fitzgerald outlined what it took to win, " The junior award is not just about being the best and most improved musician it also encompases there commitment to the band in attendance, fundraising and attitude in rehersal and band events." Mark therefore awarded Junior bands person of the year to Ms Aisling Brett. Congratulations Aisling were all very proud of you.

Success for The Bands Brett Twins on Joe Duffys Liveline !!!!!!!

Joe invites listeners along for his traditional live Christmas Eve programme from Grafton Street, Dublin where he will be joined by Brush, Doc, Clint and the Gang as well as Imelda May, Brian Kennedy, Red Hurley and many more musical stars such as the brett twins Orla & Aisling. The girls had to perform a christmas duet live on the radio and was edjucated by a panel judges. The girls beat off stiff competition to come in first place. We are delighted and emensely proud of the girls and the girls have told me to tell there DAD that they require a TV each for there X-Boxes.

Lively Debate @ AGM !!!!!!!

A lively discussion took place at this years AGM. After all reports were read out there were no motions for consideration so we went straight to AOB. The members had a meaningfull discussion regarding our proposed change of premises and other issues that came to light throught the year. The band have also given there commitment to taking part in this years National Band Championships in which we are entering the Advanced section. At the end of the meeting the nominations for the bands new committee were given from the floor and a vote took place and the the new committee were duly elected. 2010 is a monumental year  for the band as it is our 140th year is existence and there will be a program of events that will take place his year stay tuned to the website for a list of engagements. Please look at the committee section for the bands new commitee.

Concert with Acclaimed Tenor Ronan Tynan !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At a quarterly meeting for employees Sun Life Financial announced its plans to host a charity concert in aid of South Eastern Cancer Foundation's Solas Centre and Waterford Hospice. The event, featuring world renowned Irish tenor, Ronan Tynan and The Barrack Street Concert Band, will take place in the beautifully refurbished Theatre Royal on June 11, 2010.

Every second year, Sun Life hosts a major charity event to support causes in the Waterford area. Employees are given the opportunity to nominate charities that are close to their hearts and this year they expressed their desire to support Waterford Hospice, which is taking steps to raise €2m to build a dedicated 22-bed hospice facility in the South East. Considering Sun Life's established relationship with South Eastern Cancer Foundation's Solas Centre, the Company also chose to continue to support this great cause in 2010. "Sun Life is proud to continue its commitment to supporting the local community, charities and organisations. Thanks to our employees, Corporate Social Responsibility has become an integral part of our organisation's culture", commented Seamus Mason, Chairperson of Sun Life's Community Relations Committee.

When Kilkenny native, Ronan Tynan, famously known for his renditions of "God Bless America" at Yankee Stadium, offered to perform a concert especially for Waterford, Sun Life was honoured to host such an event. Tickets will first be offered to Sun Life employees with the remainder being sold to the public. All proceeds will go directly to the two chosen charities. With a pre-concert wine reception, and performers of such a high calibre, it is sure to be a glamorous and memorable night for all in attendance.


He plays two concerts at The Theatre Royal.

The first is on Wednesday 9th June and on Friday 11th June at 8pm he wll be joined by Waterford's own Barrack Street Concert Band in what promises to be one of the concerts of the year!


National Band Championships !!!!!!!!!!!!!

The band are very heavily engrossed in rehersals at the moment for the National Band Championships. This year the competition takes place in University Collage Limerick's impressive concert hall. The band are entering into the advanced section which is a first for the band. The advanced section of the competition is the pinicle of the whole competition and is always hotly contended by those who enter. In all sections the bands are required to perform a test piece chosen by the IABCB and also to perform a piece of there own choice. This years advanced piece is titled Paris Sketches by Martin Ellerby an English composer. He was educated at the Royal Collage of Music London, where he was taught by Joseph Horovitz.His catalogue features works for orchestra, chorus, concert band, brass band, ballet and various instrumental ensembles. Performances include the BBC Proms, the Leipzig Gewandhaus and many international festivals. One of his most famous works is Paris Sketches, a composition about the city he holds dear. The competition takes place on April 17th & 18th our section is on Saturday 17th. The adjucator this year is Mr Timothy Reynish, Tim has recently been appointed to the prestigious staff of the International Chamber Music Studio at the Royal Northern College of Music. He has emerged as one of the leading conductors of wind bands and wind ensembles in the world. So hopefully with all the hard work dedication and passion that Mark and the band are putting in the fruits of our labour will be well rewarded


140th Celebration Gala Dinner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The band are delighted to announce the details of the up coming gala dinner to celebrate the milestone of 140 years in existence. Celebrations will take place in the Woodlands Hotel on the dunmore rd on October 9th time to be confirmed. Also on this prestigeous night there will be 3 long service medals handed out to 3 very special people in the bands history, firstly Mr. Brian Drohan 25 years, Mr. Phillip SImpson 50 years and Mr. Billy Mc Grath 60 years. This promises to be a very special evening for all. For further details dont hesitate to contact any of the bands committee.



Bereavement !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The band are saddened by the loss of Mr. Tommy Kennedy. Tommy was a long time supported of the band although he wasnt a playing member of the band he was always available when the band was in need of endering assistance.The band wishes to extend its condolonces to Tommys family and you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Mr. Thomas Kennedy, of Skibbereen Road, Lismore Lawn, Waterford, former FAS plumbing instructor, who died on Friday, 13th August, 2010. Removal from Thompson's Funeral Home, Barrack Street, on Saturday at 8.00pm to St. Pauls Church.Requiem mass on Sunday at 12 noon. Funeral to St. Otteran's Cemetery.

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Just Announced The Bands 140th year Celebration Concert !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The band have just announced some of the details of this years concert. This concert is eagerly anticipated every year by the music loving people of Waterford and this year is no exception. Year after year our musicial director Mark Fitzgerald strives to push the boundary's of the concert and this year is no exception. The theme for this years concert is The Barrack Street Concert Band celebrating 140 years of music making in Waterford. We are very lucky to have confirmed some brilliant guests for our concert, Donna Roche, Ray Collins,Jim Nolan, De La Salle Collage Choir and our Compare for the evening is Nichola Beresford,also to enhance the evenings entertainment a big screen and light show will showcase the band from their early days right up to modern times and watch this space for further news.Under the stewardship of Mark this concert has become the benchmark for other bands to watch and emulate.

The details of the concert are as follows Friday November 26th at 8pm in the Good Sheppard Chappel, Collage Street Tickets €10 the tickets will be on sale shortly from any band member or from John Palmers Music Emporium. This is amazing value and is a concert not to be missed.


140th Year Celebration Concert !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The music loving people of Waterford braved the arctic conditions on friday last to attend the bands 140th year celebration concert. Those that attended the concert were rewarded with a great nights entertainment that has been considered the best concert in many a year. The band opened the concert with the Florentiner March under the batton of there musicial director Mark Fitzgerald. Mark then brought the audience through a 140 year musicial journey which introduced the amazing singing talents of Ms Donna Roche and Mr Ray Collins.

With pieces being performed from Maratana by William Vincent Wallace to songs from some of the best known musicials in past years to Denny Corcoran's magnificiant piece My City of Music which was arranged by our own Liam Daly, Donna & Ray wowed the audience with there vocal talent. And it didnt stop there we also had the De La Salle Collage Choir under the direction of Bro. Ben Hanlon who performed on there own and also sang with the band a fantastic arrangement by Mark Fitzgerald of Bui Doi.

Also included in the night were our award winning junior band under the direction of William Chester, the junior band performed Encanto to raputres applause at the end. Willie does tireless work with the junior band and really does get the best out of them so much so that they were South of Ireland Band Champions last year

Not leaving it there the band showcased some of its own talent with the Brett sisters Orla & Ashling singing a beautiful song written by Damian Dempsey also keeping in with the Waterford theme how could we forget Waterford's own Gilbert O Sullivan, the pieces performed from the band included his hits Matrimony and the beautiful song Claire which was performed by the bands lead saxophone player Michael Rowe. One of the highlights of the night was when playwright Jim Nolan took to the stage and plunged the audience into pensive silence when he read a passage from his play The Salvage Shop.

Our MC for the night was Ms Nichola Beresford and she kept us all informed and entertained throught the night as she gripped the audience with her charm and personalty. We cannot go any further without thanking our musicial director Mr Mark Fitzgerald who year after year keeps churning the pot of ideas and pulling out winners, and who also puts the band through their paces at rehersals, there are many a band who would love to secure the likes of Mark and we are very lucky to have him.

Rest assured the band is very secure for another 140 years of music making in Waterford, testament to its musicial director Mark and the bands very hard working committee and by no means least the music loving public of Waterford.


The Bands Annual General Meeting !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The bands AGM will take place on Sunday 30th January at 11am Sharp. If you cannot attend you must inform the secretary Mr.Jackie Power. This is the most important day in the bands calendar and it is a vehicle that gives all band members an opertunity for their voice and opinion to be heard. If you have any motions for consideration please provide them in writing to the secretary asap.


1848 Tricolour Celebrations !!!!!!!!!!!!

The band are delighted to be involved with the inuragural 1848 Tricolour Celebration. This event is the brain child of a former member of the band and ace euphonium player Mr Cian Foley who also designed our wonderful website. The band will be performing at The House of Waterford Crystal on Sunday March 6th @ 1pm for a 30 min recital. For more info on this brilliant event please log onto . We want to wish Cian and everyone involved with the event all the very best and we are once again delighted to be involved.


St Patrick's Day Festival 2011 !!!!!!!!!

The band are very much looking forward to this years parade. The parade this year will be led by City of Waterford Brass and we wish them the very best of luck for more information on this years festival please click on this link see you all at the parade.


Waterford Massed Bands Charity Concert 2011 !!!!!!!

We are delighted once again to be taking part in this amazing event this year. This concert is the brain child of our good friend Mr Ger O Brien from the Thomas Francis Meagher Fife and Drum Band. For the last couple of years Ger has brought the concert from strenght to strenght and this year is no exception. All the acts who perform in the concert do so free of charge and all the proceeds go to very worth while local charities. This year the charities chosen are WASSA ( Waterford Autisim Social & Sports Action),Friends of Brainwaves ( Waterford Support Group), & The Irish Red Cross Waterford Branch. The Concert will feature ourselves, City of Waterford Brass, The Thomas Francis Meagher Fife & Drum Band, The Pipes & Drums of the De La Salle Scout Group, Donna Roche Plus many more. Also on the night the Lifetime achivement award for services to music & the arts in Waterford will be presented. The Concert will take place on Friday April 8th @8pm in The Sacred Heart Church The Folly Waterford, Tickets are €10 and can be purchased from City Jewellery Repair City Square,Cahills Newsagents Main St Tramore.


Waterford Spraoi International Street Arts Festival 2011 !!!!!!!!!!!!

The band are delighted to be performing at this years spraoi festival. Its a little known fact that the band have been involved with the spraoi since its inception in 1993 and we have enjoyed very strong artistic links right through to the present day and thats something that were very proud of. The band will be performing at the impressive and newly refurbished Bishops Palace on Saturday July 30th @ 7pm we hope to see you all there and I can say were all looking forward to it.


Bands Annual Concert 2011 !!!!!!!!!

The Barrack Street Concert Band
present – ‘A Disney Movie Spectacular’.

It’s December 21, 1937. As the house lights grow dark, the movie screen lights up and displays “Walt
Disney Presents Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. The overture begins to play the beautiful melody
of “One Song” and the audience is drawn into a world never before seen on screen.

The Barrack Street Concert Band, along with special guests, performs the music of Walt Disney.

For decades Walt Disney movies have brought us all so many great film and musical memories.
Think of any Disney film and even the casual viewer will know at least one song from that film. From
classical scores by Beethoven and Dukas to original movie scores by Elton John and Randy Newman
the list is endless.

This truly is a concert for all ages and not only will you hear your favourite Disney scores and songs
from movies such as ‘Fantasia’, ‘The Jungle Book’, and modern greats ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, ‘Toy
Story’ and ‘UP’ but you will also see these wonderful movies actually come to life before your very

Tickets are on sale in the Theatre Royal Box office priced at €12.50 or you can buy them on-line just follow this link if you have any further questions dont hesitate to contact any of the committee.


Waterford New Music Week !!!!!!!!!!!!


New Music Week 2012, running from Monday 16th to Friday 20th April, is an annual festival co-promoted by Waterford Institute of Technology's Department of Creative & Performing Arts and Garter Lane Arts Centre, celebrating and promoting contemporary music.  It was officially launched last Thursday in the Book Centre with a performance by the WIT trad ensemble.

Now in its fourteenth year it is the only festival of its kind in the south east.  Since its inception the festival has provided a platform for contemporary work - classical, jazz, traditional and world music - and exposed students of the Department of Creative and Performing Arts, and the wider WIT community, to the best of international contemporary music practice.  The festival celebrates music composition & performance and this year the five-day programme of events will explore the theme of improvisation.

All daytime events are free and take place right across the city; from the Cork Road & College Street campuses of WIT, to GarterLaneTheatre, Christ Church Cathedral, the Central Library, the Mansion House pub and the Large Room in City Hall.  

Highlights include the first ever Irish New Music Big Band ensemble performing new work by Irish composers.  The National Chamber Choir will present an evening of contemporary song, with an afternoon talk with composers, singers and the choir’s director Paul Hillier, facilitated by the director of the Contemporary Music Centre, Evonne Ferguson.  Jazz bass player Barry Guy, and baroque violinist Maya Homburger, will provide a workshop and concert exploring baroque works in the context of free improvised music.  

RTE Lyric fm’s composer in residence Linda Buckley will facilitate listening and vocal improvisation workshops.  Workshop places are free of charge but numbers are limited, so download your brochure from or and book through the Garter Lane website.  

Daily free lunch time recitals will showcase the work of WIT students of composition and performance while the Fintan O’Carroll Feis prize-winners, aged 7 – 17, will perform contemporary work in a free evening concert.  

Current WIT music research will be presented in a free symposium ‘Writing about Music’, there will be an improvisation workshop with children, and a choral project as part of the Europe-wide Year of Active Aging.  

New Music Week will collaborate with Waterford Festival of Architecture in a free screening of the Harold Llyod classic ‘Safety Last’, with improvised musical accompaniment.  

New Music Week Monday 16th to Friday 20th April.  Pick up a brochure or download from and IMPROVISE!

Spraoi Festival 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The annual spraoi festival will be taking place on the August bank hoilday weekend 2nd-4th August. Since spraoi's inception the band have been involved evey year. And once again this year we are proud to be taking part. This year the band will be involved in two functions, we will be playing as a full band over the weekend venue TBC however our brass section will be performing gurella gigs. What are these you might say?? the guys will be poping up in various places around the city performing short snappy recitals for the public. This weekend is not to be missed by any person in the city and we hope to see you all there.

Annual Concert 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The band are delighted to announce some details around this years eagerly anticipated concert. On Friday 15th November in the Thearte Royal Waterford we are going to be playing the music of the legendary composer Burt Bacharach. With classic songs like "Whats New Pussycay?","Alfie","The Look of Love","Walk on By", Bacharach's legendary songwriting has touched millions of listeners the world over. To help us perform Burts songs we are delighted to have Irelands greatest singer Mr. Red Hurley & International singer Ms. Kathy Nugent. Tickets are on sale at €15 available from the theatre royal box office or on line via this link: , stay tuned to the website and local media for more details.


Bereavement !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The band are saddend by the loss of Ellen (Nellie) Chester nee Fahey. Mrs Chester and her family have been part of the fabric of the band for the last 60 years. Mrs Chesters husband Billy was a life member of the band and his son Willie who is currently the bands treasurer. Mrs Chesters grandson William and grandaughter Gillian are also both members of the band. The funeral arrangements are as follows, Reposing at St.Patricks Hospital Chapel Removal from St Patricks Hospital on Monday October 14th at 6:15pm to St Johns Church Parnell Street Requiem Mass on Tuesday October 15th at 11:00am Burial afterwards  in St Marys Cemetary Ballygunnar.

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