The Organisation

Mullingar Town Band has three bands; The Concert Band, The Marching Band (known as Celtic Crusaders) and The Junior Band. New members who join the band are assigned to the Junior Band.

 

Concert Band

The concert band is made up of about 50 musicians who practice every week under the baton of Harry Kelly. The main role of the concert band is to play at sit down functions and provide a high standard of music. They perform at the Mullingar Choral Society’s annual Christmas concert in December and usually host a concert of their own during the rest of the year. They have competed at both national and international level bringing home some of the top awards across all of Europe! The concert band plays at mass in the Cathedral of Christ the King in Mullingar a number of times during the year. The members of the concert band are made up of the senior members of the marching band and more experienced members who have since left the marching band.

Marching Band

The marching band consists of around 50 young musicians who practice weekly. These young musicians are generally teenagers attending secondary school in the town but we also have more senior members who attend college or are full time workers. The members of the marching band are expected to attend the weekly practice and engagements. The marching band’s main function is to play at parades, festivals and stand up events. During the summer, the marching bands compete in the Irish Marching Bands Association circuit and are the 2017 All Ireland Marching Band Champions. The highlight of the year for the marching band is Saint Patrick’s Day. The marching band perform in five towns in Midlands – Tullamore, Clara, Tyrrellspass, Mullingar and Castlepollard. On the Sunday nearest to Saint Patrick’s Day, the marching band travel to Limerick to compete at the International Marching Band Parade competition where we won the Best Youth Band in 2017. The band travels abroad on a regular basis (every 2 years) and in 2017 competed at Musiktage in Rastede, Germany. Throughout the year the band performs at several high-profile events such as The Rose of Tralee Festival, Westmeath County Hurling and Football finals and Electric Picnic.

Some of our memorable performances include:

  • Closing of Column Barracks – parading the troops out of Mullingar (2012)
  • All Ireland Marching Band Champions – First ever championship (2017)
  • Rose of Tralee Festival (2017)
  • Electric Picnic – Mindfield (2015,2016,2017)
  • Euro Disney, Paris (2002)
  • Áras an Uachtaráin (1995)

Junior Band

The junior band consists of mostly primary school students who are learning their instruments. These members are training to become members of the marching band and subsequently the concert band. They have practice once a week and are taught by music degree graduates. The Junior Band marches with the marching band on Saint Patrick’s Day in the Mullingar parade. The members complete exams with the Victoria College of Music and play with the marching band at an in-house Christmas Concert and an End-of-Year concert in May. Each year, a class from the Junior Band graduates and becomes members of the Marching Band.

Meet the Team

 

 

Band Director

 

 

Kim Magee is the Band Director of Mullingar Town Band. She took over from her father Hubert, or Hubie as he is more commonly known, after Hubie had been director for over 56 years. Kim joined the band in 1992 and learned flute. During her time in the band she has also played sousaphone in the marching band. She studied Applied Music in Dundalk Institute of Technology and has a masters in Community Music from the University of Limerick.

Band Director Emeritus

Hubert Magee, known fondly as Hubie, took over as band director in 1958 when the band had just 4 members. He was a twenty-one year old when he took over and he devoted his life to music and to the band, in particular. He led the band for over 56 years and celebrated the band’s 100th anniversary in 1979 when the band had 100 members – a member for each of its years. Hubie handed the baton onto his daughter Kim in March 2014 and she continues his legacy today. Hubie is still an iconic figure in the band and is always seen with the band at engagements and at every practice.

Assistant Band Director

Greg Mimnagh-Dunne is the current Assistant Band Director. He was appointed in August 2017. Greg, who is a full-time primary school teacher, joined the band in 1995 and has played numerous instruments during his time in the band. Beginning on trumpet, Greg moved on and played sousaphone, bass guitar and percussion. He currently plays percussion in the concert and marching band. Greg travelled with the band on numerous occasions visiting Holland, Germany, England and the USA.

Concert Band Conductor

Harry Kelly is the conductor of the Concert Band. Harry began as conductor in __ and continues in his role today. Harry lives in Drogheda and travels to Mullingar each week to take the concert band rehearsal. Harry is originally from Scotland and began his musical career playing cornet at the age of six. He took over as the conductor of his local band and brought them from last place in the bottom section to the top section of the Scottish Championship. Harry has experience at the top level of concert bands in Ireland – winning the Irish Championship and Northern Irish Championship. Under the baton of Harry Kelly, Mullingar Town Band has won many competitions, including the Northern Irish Championship and Open European Advanced Class in Midsomer Norton.

Drum Major

Cathal Byrne is the Drum Major of Mullingar Town Band – Celtic Crusaders. Cathal, who is currently studying French and Mathematics in Trinity College Dublin, initially played the trombone in the marching band and later percussion before he was appointed as Drum Major in September 2016. Cathal joined the band in 2007 and currently plays trombone in the concert band. The drum major is the leader of the marching band, seen at the front of the band on parade giving commands and conduction the band at stand-up functions. Cathal led the band on St Patrick’s Day in 2017 and led the band to their first All-Ireland Championship in September 2017.

Concert Band Assistant

Gerard Brady is the Concert Band Assistant. Ger joined the band in 1995 and learned clarinet initially. Ger took up trombone and has played it ever since. He is currently a member of Army Band (Band 2 Brigade) based in Athlone. He still plays trombone in the concert band while coordinating the Kim, Band Director and Harry, Conductor to organise the running of the concert band. Ger has competed with the band abroad in the Netherlands, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Section Leaders

Bass Section

 

Niall Corcoran is the section leader of the bass section. Niall joined the band in 2005 and played the trombone initially. He then moved onto the Sousaphone in marching band and the tuba in concert band. Niall studies Applied Social Studies, Professional Social Care in Carlow IT. Niall has travelled to Holland, Germany and England with the band to compete in both marching band concert band disciplines.

Flute Section

 

 

Adrienne Syron is the flute section leader. Adrienne has been a member of the band since 2005 when she began learning flute. She joined the marching band in 2009 and the concert band in 2011. Adrienne studies Music and Religious Education at Dublin City University and is in her third year of four. Adrienne has travelled with the band to Kerkade in Holland and to London, England

 

Clarinet Section

 

 

Eilín Brady is the section leader of the Clarinets. Eilín joined the band in 1992 and learned clarinet. She has been a member of the band ever since and currently plays in the concert band. She has also travelled to the USA, Holland, England and Germany during her time in the band. Eilín studied Science in University College Dublin and currently works at Trim Garda Station as a clerical officer.

 

Drum Section

 

 

The drum section leader is Adam McCormack. Adam joined the band in 2009 and learned drums initially from Hubie Magee and later from Aidan Magee. Adam is currently in fifth year in Coláiste Mhuire, Mullingar. Adam’s first Saint Patrick’s Day was in 2010 when he played cymbals. Since then Adam has played cymbals, snare and tenor

 

Horn Section

 

 

Karl Magee is the Horn Section leader in the concert band. Karl is the son of Hubert and has played in the band since 1997. He plays French Horn in the concert band and currently works in Wines Direct. Karl has traveled to Holland, United Kingdom, Germany and the USA.

 

Saxophone & Horn Section

 

 

Karl Magee is the Horn Section leader in the concert band. Karl is the son of Hubert and has played in the band since 1997. He plays French Horn in the concert band and currently works in Wines Direct. Karl has traveled to Holland, United Kingdom, Germany and the USA.

 

Trumpet Section

 

 

Alma Grace is the section leader of the trumpet section in the concert band. She joined the band in 1992. Alma studied Science and Geography at Maynooth University and is now a secondary school teacher in Loreto College Mullingar. She has traveled with the band on numerous occasions to Holland and the UK.

 

 

The leader of the trumpet section in the marching band is Sarah Kelly. Sarah joined the band in 2006 and has played trumpet in both the marching band and concert band. She has been to Holland and London with the band. Sarah currently studies Applied Music at Dundalk Institute of Technology.