Mullingar City Band had been delighted to return to rehearsals final week, below restrictions. Till then the band had been working as a ‘Zoom Band’. They’ve managed to proceed their membership on-line since lockdowns started in March 2020, and took the alternatives to satisfy when the lockdowns lifted. Crew leaders labored onerous to make sure studying, enjoyable and participation continued by incorporating new music, quiz nights and video tasks.
Included was a sequence of instrumental workshops between January and March on Zoom, facilitated by skilled brass and woodwind musicians and tutors from the Royal Irish Academy, Irish Conservatory of Music, Dublin Trumpet Academy, RTÉ Live performance Orchestra and East London Brass, particularly Paul Roe on clarinet, Invoice Dowdall on flute, Kevin Hanafin on saxophone, Shaun Hooke on trumpet, Cormac O hAodain on French horn, Steve Mathieson on trombone and Jayne Murrill on euphonium.
This was an exquisite success for all senior and junior band members. They discovered a number of new methods in addition to being reminded of the fundamentals when enjoying their devices. The workshop tutors had been impressed to see how the band operated on-line and with the extent of participation on Zoom band. The undertaking was funded by Artistic Eire.
Whereas Zoom was an excellent facility to keep up band actions and communication, it was under no circumstances an alternative to regular band actions. It couldn’t facilitate all members for causes reminiscent of poor web connections, enjoying brass, wind and percussion in late evenings rehearsals with shut neighbours or with new infants or sick kinfolk in houses.
Whereas band rehearsals facilitated everybody on-line visually, it meant the band needed to play their devices on mute whereas listening to band backing tracks through their units. This was the lonely aspect of enjoying in a band, and it was evident that vitality ranges had been starting to fade in current weeks.
It has been a tricky yr. Reinventing the band follow on-line has been exhausting however fortunately, because of continued attendance and help from part leaders, band and committee members and their households, it was as profitable because it might have been.
Mullingar City Band had been delighted to welcome again to the Bandhall the ‘Zoom Band’ final week. First within the gates had been the latest recruits, who joined a brand new recorder class on-line final March. These members had not but met in individual prior so Tuesday was about saying whats up and welcoming the group to the organisation in addition to placing on-line studying into follow.
Following that class, the Senior Recorder group arrived, lastly getting the possibility to start the method of attempting out brass and woodwind devices for his or her future within the band. The method is completely different because of Covid; as soon as an instrument is tried as soon as, it’s disinfected and put into ‘instrument quarantine’ till the next week.
The group have been affected person and have been inspired to strive their high 4 selections this yr with steerage from the band director. They’ve excelled on-line by working onerous and have nearly accomplished their newbie instrumental course. Congratulations to all of the recorder teams.
Subsequent within the gate was the drum class on Wednesday; they’ve been studying completely different marching band drumming methods on-line with their facilitator, Aidan. They acquired straight to work and started their concentrate on enjoying collectively once more, an vital talent within the drumline.
Lastly, there was an excellent buzz on the band discipline on Friday and Saturday because the junior and senior instrumentalists, colourguard and committee returned. They met of their instrument pods and acquired straight into introducing one another, catching up, organising and rehearsing of their part teams. It was an exquisite sound to listen to. They started piecing collectively the music rehearsed on-line throughout lockdown.
A few of the music got here collectively shortly, whereas a few of the different music will want much more follow! This rehearsal started with some nerves from the youthful musicians, who had been on the band discipline for the primary time, some smiling faces from senior musicians, and fortunately the rehearsal completed with smiling faces in all places and a spherical of applause.
On account of continued restrictions, bands actions concentrate on out of doors participation for the summer time. Climate apps are a brand new addition to the band plan regime though members are used to rehearsing in all kinds of climate. Indubitably that is preferable to Zoom.
The band want to welcome to the committee its latest members from the latest AGM: Niall, Gemma, Nuala and Brendan; and to new extra trustees, Brenda, Barbara and Pauline, and newly appointed officers – chairperson Helen, vice-chairperson Therese, secretary Brendan, treasurer Adrienne and assistant treasurer Rachel.
This band committee have this month launched the Pitch n Putt Traditional, with organisers Pauline and Niall, and with the help of Lough Owel Pitch n Putt Membership, to happen on June 19. It can increase obligatory funds for the band and guarantees to be an excellent time out for the household. All are welcome however groups should e-book as Covid compliance and numbers will likely be in place. A crew of 4 is €60 – booked by emailing email@example.com. Half of crew slots are already booked so get in contact quickly to ensure an area.
To win free entry, participate within the Fb competitors by tagging and sharing the occasion, which is on the Pitch n Putt Traditional Fb web page. A store and BBQ will likely be open on the day.
Along with the Pitch n Putt Traditional, the committee are internet hosting a Clothes Drive on Saturday June 26 (11am-2pm) on the Bandhall. Begin your wardrobe clean-out and drop off your as soon as beloved clothes, mattress linen and sneakers. Contact us for more information.
The band have been profitable in two current grant functions: from Music Community, €4258, which has aided the acquisition of trumpets, flutes, alto saxophones, trombones, mouthpieces for French horn, trombone and trumpets. This can be a main enhance to the instrument financial institution, which is on the market to all members. The devices had been equipped by Paul Ryan and Thomann Eire, and are of wonderful high quality.
Because the band are simply returning, the devices are being distributed to present and upcoming brass and woodwind instrumentalists. The band thank Music Community for the contribution.
Artistic Westmeath Neighborhood Grant 2021 by Artistic Eire and Westmeath County Council have this month awarded the band €1540 in direction of their Summer season Efficiency Undertaking. They are going to be performing in Mullingar over the summer time and sit up for that. An enormous thanks to Artistic Eire for his or her help.
The band are delighted to be welcoming to the band premises, out of doors and indoor (youth training), Mullingar Useful resource Centre, Westmeath Neighborhood Growth, Dance Manufacturing unit, and Bible Group. The Bandhall has loads of house, indoor and out of doors, in case your group requires a venue, quickly or in any other case.
The Bandhall additionally has a brand new defibrillator on its exterior. This undertaking was sponsored by the Gibney household and isn’t just for MTB however for Mullingar. For extra data or enquiries on corridor or out of doors rent, e-mail the committee on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final November, the band launched the Band Booster Raffle Membership, a month-to-month raffle held on the Bandhall and by Zoom for 10 months of the yr. The Raffle at present has 64 members, who’re entered to the raffle every month. First prize is €150, second and third prizes are €75. To enter is €100 for the yr paid by EFT. If you want be a part of and help MTB, please e-mail for particulars.
The band want to thank all present raffle members for his or her help thus far. Raffle members obtain a duplicate of the publication Bandlink, produced by our band members and committee thrice a yr.
In remaining information, the band sit up for September, when they are going to be welcoming returning members to band rehearsals and new members into the junior band programme. The band will likely be relaunching a revamped junior band programme to start in September for all new incoming members (look out for promoting of the main points quickly).
Within the meantime, if you’re excited about becoming a member of the band, please get in contact and your will likely be included on their mailing checklist for updates – full inexperienced persons are welcome. Join at this time.
Mullingar City Band (in small teams) sit up for bringing the general public their music programme in individual within the subsequent few weeks.
Mullingar City Band committee and members want to prolong their condolences to band members Kieran Rory and Tom and the O’Brien household and to Jane and the Duggan households on the current losses of their grandfathers. Ar dheis De go raibh a h’anam dilis.