Over 1000 musicians to perform in Limerick for 2013 International Band Championship

26th February 2013: Twenty one marching bands featuring musicians from across Ireland, Europe and the USA will perform in Limerick for the 43rd International Band Championship which takes place in Limerick on Monday, 18th March 2013 at 12 noon.

Publish Date: Tuesday 26th February 2013

Twenty one marching bands featuring musicians from across Ireland, Europe and the USA will perform in Limerick for the 43rd International Band Championship which takes place in Limerick on Monday, 18th March 2013 at 12 noon.

More than 1000 musicians have been confirmed to take part in Ireland’s only international band competition which will feature a world class judging panel and attract thousands of spectators on to the streets of the Treaty city as part of the 2013 Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival.

German band Fanfarenzug Ankenreute, along with eight North American bands have confirmed their plans to participate in the 2013 International Band Championship. These include:

  • Cedar Rapids District Band, Washington
  • Youngsville High School, Pennsylvania
  • Lia Fail Pipe Band of Mercer County, New Jersey
  • The Burlington Teen Tour Band, Canada
  • The University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama
  • New York Fire Department Band
  • The University of Louisiana at Monroe and its entertaining choir
  • The Brewster High School Marching Band, New York, who will bring 95 musicians to compete in what promises to be a thrilling event.

Hundreds of musicians will compete for the title of 'Overall Parade Champion' held by last year’s winners, the 220 member University of Missouri Marching Band.

The Clondalkin Youth Band will be back to defend their title of Best Irish Band 2012 as will winners of Best Local Band 2012, the Corpus Christi Pipe Band.

Bands from Dublin, Cork and Kerry will join seven of Limerick’s finest marching bands taking part in the championship.

The Parade will be led by the Irish Army Band, the Band of the First Southern Brigade and will start at the Crescent on O’Connell Avenue at 12 noon on Monday, 18th March and end in Arthur’s Quay with a free concert for the public in Arthur’s Quay Park.

The competition will be judged by an international panel of professors of music.

The chairperson of the adjudicating panel is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Music and Conductor of Bands at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Stanley F. Michalski, Jr., who has forged a distinguished career spanning fifty-one years as a conductor, educator, performer and clinician-adjudicator throughout North America, Asia and Europe.

Professor Michalski will be joined by Dr. D. Bradley Snow (DMA, University of Southern Mississippi, MM, University of Southern Mississippi, BSed, University of Missouri) who serves the University of Missouri as Director of Athletics Bands and Director of Marching Mizzou. Dr. Snow was the leader of the band that visited Limerick in 2012 and won the overall award. The final member, Col Fulvio Creux has directed over 200 concerts in his native Italy.

Commenting on the significance of the International Band Championship John Crowe, Limerick Projects and Promotions Manager, Shannon Development said: "The International Band Championship is a significant international tourism event for Limerick and forms a key element of the annual St Patrick’s Festival."

"Shannon Development is delighted to be associated with the Parade now in its 43rd year and is pleased to report increased overseas bands participation. 2013 represents further growth in the numbers of international bands participating and using Limerick as their base with which to explore Ireland’s West coast. The International Band Championship is a major economic boost for the Mid-West region generating a significant amount of bed nights. There is already strong interest from North American bands for the parades in 2014 and 2015," he added.

The Limerick bands taking part in the competition feature some of the city’s best entertainers and musicians.

Among the Limerick bands taking part are:

  • The Boherbuoy Brass and Reed Band
  • The City of Limerick Pipe Band
  • Corpus Christi Pipe Band
  • St Mary’s Prize Band
  • Rathkeale Brass band
  • Sammy Benson Limerick City Brass & Reed
  • Limerick City Rhythm

The winners will also be announced in Arthur’s Quay after the display. The Limerick International Band Championship is run on behalf of the Limerick Communications Office by Futureama Productions.

Prizes will be awarded for the overall champions, best uniforms, best musical performance, best Irish band, most entertaining performance, best local band, best international band and the special judges’ award.

The International Band Parade will be preceded by the Limerick St Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 17th at 12 noon. A giant, 14 ft statue of St Patrick will lead the 2013 parade as Grand Marshal.

The theme of the St Patrick’s Day parade is 'Saints and Scholars' and festival organisers are hoping that a spectacle of colour and sound will fill the streets of Limerick with a parade that celebrates all that the Treaty City has to offer.

The Limerick St Patrick’s Festival is generously sponsored by Limerick City Council in conjunction with Shannon Development, Failte Ireland, Stryker, Limerick Regeneration, Analog, Live 95FM and McDonalds. This year the Festival would also like to acknowledge Fáilte Ireland who have recognised the importance and potential of the International Band parade and Competition and have provided financial support under the National Festivals and Participative Events Programme.

More details on the 2013 Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival including the International Band Championship can be found on www.limerick.ie/stpatricksfestival


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