Starved of the opportunities to have live rehearsals together and public performance opportunities being limited the Town Band were still able to spread some festive cheer over the holidays.
Having adhered to precautions by practicing online, the group were disappointed when outings were cancelled before Christmas. However, the band managed to rescue a few of their planned public recitals. They performed at the Aughrim Open Air Christmas Market, supporting the East Galway and Midland Cancer Support Centre. Attendees at the event were treated to a broad selection of seasonal music and renowned Film Themes.
The band under the baton of Noel Madden also managed to entertain shoppers and raise some seasonal cheer with traditional Christmas Carols, when they parked their reindeers at the Christmas tree in St Michaels Square.
Their next two public performances had a high degree of emotion and poignancy when they performed at the Tuam Babies Site for the third year in succession. They also played at the Bully’s Acre Memorial Park Event a new tree planting of remembrance for those bereaved during the Pandemic time.
Work on the band hall ( in the old Parochial Hall on Dunlo Hill ) is nearing completion after many Covid related delays. Carpets will be laid in the offices and in the kitchen annex soon. The main hall floor is also undergoing sanding and staining to return it to its pristine condition. It is also intended to paint the exterior walls in the near future , if funding can be arranged.
The band’s clothes collection fundraiser is also ongoing and has been extended until March. So, if you’re thinking of discarding some old clothes, shoes, bags, belts, etc. contact Martina on (087) 971 0496 to discuss drop-off or collection.
Further details on all the Band’s activites can be found on their http://www.ballinasloetownband.ie/
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