Junior Band Weekend, Concert and Prize giving
June 7 2014

On Friday 6th June and Saturday 7th June the Junior Band and Training band attended a weekend of learning masterclasses which culminated in the end of year concert and prize giving with was attended by a hall filled with proud parents, family members, friends and supporters. The tutors were a selection of the principals from the senior band and considerable work was done with each section of the junior and training bands. The entire 2 day event was held in the War Memorial Hall, Carrickfergus.

The tutors for the weekend were:

Des Graham – Cornets
Peter Arthurs – Soprano Cornet
Claire Hueston – Cornets
Hannah Copes – Cornets
Ruth Binding – Cornets
Amber MacLennan – Horns
John Gilbert – Baritones
Peter Graham – Euphoniums
Will Johnston – Trombones
Robert Frost – Trombones
Tim Glover – Tubas
Matt Brown – Percussion

Despite the hard work, all the young members remained attentive and enjoyed the event and kept enough stamina to produce a superb concert to show off some of the work they had achieved, not only from the weekend, but from the hard work done throughout the year.


The concert consisted of ensemble playing from the Training Band under their conductor, Des Graham followed by a selection of music from the Junior Band under their conductor, Peter Arthurs. The tutors then joined in along with the two bands to showcase the work which was achieved over the weekend.

The Concert Programme

Eudoxia (TB)
Marching Tune (TB)
German Dance (TB)
Batman (TB)
Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines (JB)
Aurelia (JB)
Cossack Ride & Slavonic Dance (JB)
The Villager (Massed Bands)
Gresford (Massed Bands)
Georgia On My Mind (Massed Bands)
Young Amadeus (Massed Bands))

After the concert came the awards, with the prizes being given out by the band’s special guest, Mr Ivor Stevenson, the driving force behind the annual Armagh Brass Band Summer School which takes place each year and features expert tuition from members of the Fodens Band. Our thanks go to him for his interest and attendance today.

Our thanks go to all those who attended the concert today and we hope that you will continue to support the players of tomorrow.

A special mention must also go to Peter Arthurs, Des Graham and all the other tutors and helpers without whom this excellent event could not have taken place.

The list of prize winners for 2013/14 are noted below;

Click here to see more pictures from the concert and the prize winners.

Junior Band with Tutors
Prize Giving – Award Winners

Winner: Gregg McFadden
Runner up: James Burgess

Winner: Leo McHugh
Runner up: Oisin Frost

Winner: Tom McGowan
Runner up: James Kerr

Winner: Katherine Howard
Runner up: Luke Haighton

Winner: Sam Brodison
Runner Up: Leah Forsythe

Winners: David Doherty and Jay Cully
Runners up: Hannah Robinson and Ben Haighton

Winners: Joseph Parkes and Niamh Burgess
Runner up: Andrew Mitchell

Helen Warnock Trophy Winners

Winner: Trombone Section

Winner: Matthew Logan

A list of promotions were also announced today;

Promotions from Training Band to Junior Band

Jay Cully
Joshua McCready
James Burgess
Gregg McFadden
Leo McHugh
Ben Haighton

Promotions from Junior Band to Senior Band

David Doherty
Joseph Parkes
Hannah Robinson
Niamh Burgess

Congratulations to all winners, runners up, those who were promoted and all players involved today. The junior bands now go on their summer holidays and will start back again on Tuesday 26th August 2014 at 18:30 (Junior Band) and Saturday 13th September 2014 at 10:30 (Training Band).