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.

 

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

 

Band Director, Kim Magee is a Graduate of Limerick University – Masters in Community Music, and Dundalk IT – Hons Degree in Applied Music. Kim taught as a peripatetic music teacher for the past eight years in primary schools throughout county Westmeath and county Offaly, both as self-employed and through the organisation Music Generation.  Kim’s father Hubert was the bands previous Director and so Kim spent most of her childhood in the band hall until she officially became a member in 1992 where she played the flute in the junior classes. Throughout her membership, Kim played the flute and the tuba and was Drum Major and Assistant Director until she was nominated as Band Director in 2014. Under Kim’s Directorship, the band developed a Cadet band (junior band members) and developed the Marching Show-band (who won for the first time the All Ireland Marching Championships in September 2017). She also organised the band’s first trip to Woking in the UK in 2015 and Germany (Summer 2017). Kim works closely with the bands committee and team leaders to maintain a successfully run organisation.

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

Band Director, Kim Magee is a Graduate of Limerick University – Masters in Community Music, and Dundalk IT – Hons Degree in Applied Music. Kim taught as a peripatetic music teacher for the past eight years in primary schools throughout county Westmeath and county Offaly, both as self-employed and through the organisation Music Generation.  Kim’s father Hubert was the bands previous Director and so Kim spent most of her childhood in the band hall until she officially became a member in 1992 where she played the flute in the junior classes. Throughout her membership, Kim played the flute and the tuba and was Drum Major and Assistant Director until she was nominated as Band Director in 2014. Under Kim’s Directorship, the band developed a Cadet band (junior band members) and developed the Marching Show-band (who won for the first time the All Ireland Marching Championships in September 2017). She also organised the band’s first trip to Woking in the UK in 2015 and Germany (Summer 2017). Kim works closely with the bands committee and team leaders to maintain a successfully run organisation.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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