Armagh True Blues F.B Annual Parade & Competition - 10/06/06

Omagh True BluesKillymanThe band headed of to this the 3rd parade of the weekend for the band, it was still a very hot and sunny evening for marching and I was very surprised not to see bigger crowds watching nearly 50 bands on parade.

I donít know the reasons why crowds donít attend band parades these days, maybe the World Cup could be a big reason and from listening to other bandsmen its getting hard for members to attended parades during the World Cup games and thus could result in bands getting numbers out to attend a parade.

I caught sight of the Blair Memorial from Omagh whom where going well, also Downshire where going great just as where the Ballyhalbert and West Belfast Volunteers in the small band section.
Ballymacall True Blues
The route of the parade I feel is very good and its just long enough to get a band gong and warming up to the final part and I said before the bands where great just the crowds where lacking in vast parts.

Our own band walked with 16 side drummers, 26 fluters, 2 bass drummers, colour party of 5, 1 marshal and a drum major. This weekend we where at least 8 regular members down and we filled the gaps and played well.

Below are a selection of photographs of the band in action.

Colour Party Drum Corps Bass Drummer

MavemacullenBallnahinch Protestant BoysThe band where presented with the following awards at the parade competition results:
                1st Visiting Band
                2nd Blood and Thunder Band
                2nd Blood and Thunder Drum Corps
                2nd Blood and Thunder Bass Drum
                2nd Colour Party
                2nd Style and Appearance
                3rd Drum Major
                2nd Best Overall Band

Every parade now the band captain is trying new tunes where suitable its slow getting all new tunes to gel but things are ticking over on this side of things and other new and different tunes and drum settings are going to be tested on the road.

Many thanks to all members for supporting the band over the weekend.

John Keenan
East Belfast Protestant Boys Flute Band Chairman

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