Pride of the Hill - Battle of the Counties - Belfast Heat - 04/11/06
THIS REPORT WAS TAKEN FROM THE PRIDE OF THE HILL'S OWN WEBSITE.
Saturday 4th November saw maybe the most attractive heat so far take place of our Battle of the Counties. On the night it was the Belfast Heat consisting of 5 bands named as East Belfast Protestant Boys, South Belfast Young Conquerors, Pride of the Shore, Pride of Lagan Valley and finally Sons of Ulster, Shankill.
This was the final heat before the final which takes place on Saturday 18th November and certainly has to be one of the best nights so far. The place was packed generating a really good atmosphere but one thing that did let me down was the amount of people who had no respect for bands playing and this will be something that is addressed for the final.
Here is a brief report on how I felt each band performed and it will be in order of playing during the night!
South Belfast Young Conquerors - 1st up on the night was South Belfast who were just in and straight out again due to the band having to go to another function on the night. Thought South Belfast sounded really loud and were pure Blood & Thunder. The came with big numbers and this obliviously was easy to spot considering the volume coming from them. They made a few minor mistakes on the drums which they would have lost points for.
Pride of Lagan Valley - The 2nd band on the night was Pride of Lagan Valley from Belvoir. Thought POLV put in a really outstanding performance and really thought they were going to run away with it. Drums were fantastic and also the flutes were crisp. 1 thing that did stand out for me was that the drummers shared the lead tip and this shows the quality and confidence of the drummers.
East Belfast Protestant Boys - East Belfast were a lot smaller than they would be for outdoor parades but they came with the perfect size for the competition. Just like always they performed outstanding and every department of the band top quality. Drums were class and not one mistake. Flutes came across very clear and crisp and were very loud and definitely put in a class show.
Below are a selection of photographs and video clips of the band in action.
Clip 1, Clip 2, Clip 3 & Clip 4
THE QUALITY OF THESE CLIPS HAVE BEEN REDUCED AS THE HOST BAND ARE PRODUCING A DVD OF THE EVENT
Pride of the Shore - Next up was Pride of the Shore from North Belfast. On the night just like all bands they put in a really good performance and they were definitely crowd pleasers. Play a tune with a flute solo and it sounded class, respect to the fluter who was playing considering he was quite young. Bass drum sounded well and they bass drummers were certainly giving it everything.
Sons of Ulster - The last band putting on a performance was Sons of Ulster from Shankill Road. On the night they were certainly in for the running to win the competition and played a wide variety of class tunes. The drums certainly stood of for me and was probably the best drum core on the night for me. Also big shout out to the 2 bass drummers who I though were fantastic.
After all the bands had played the winner was announced and we are please to say that the winners of the Belfast Heat where…
EAST BELFAST PROTESTANT BOYS
Well done to the winners East Belfast Protestant Boys and see you in the final.
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