The band travelled to Magherafelt for the first time in its history, this was long overdue and we were looking forward to this parade as this is new venue for the band ands itís a break from our normal routine.
This was a chance for something new and itís hard sometimes to come by a new town for the band to play in but weíve made a big step this year by playing in new venues for different bands and itís been a great eye opener for the band.
We had the privilege of being asked to lead this parade and we made a very big effort to be early so we could take this fantastic offer by the bandmaster, I think we all found this very strange as we were then able to watch the entire parade and thatís something that we havenít done in years!
I was not expecting to see big numbers in bands ranks tonight as the World Cup is progressing and I feel this is affecting bands a lot recently but I was pleasantly surprised to see a good size of a crowd in the town and I hope they all enjoyed the display by all bands in attendance.
Tonight I got to see the Armagh True Blues, Ballykeel Loyal Sons of Ulster both bands where going well as where Pride of the Bann, Cairncastle and I got to see a new band out on parade the Ballyclare Protestant Boys, great to see a band again emerging from Ballyclare. Well done to them and good luck in the future.
There were a number of bands that Iím sure my own band wouldnít of seen before so once again its good to go somewhere different and get to see all different styles of bands and also their own styles of playing our loyalist music.
The route of the parade was good and in places it was a bit hilly but is townie bands are not used to this hills on parade but we certainly survived the wee hikes up and down them.
Tonight the band walked with 17 side drummers, 28 fluters, 2 bass drummers, colour party of 5, 3 cymbal boys and a drum major; so another big turnout for us and indeed both Friday and Saturday parades where excellent and not a trophy in sight.
Below are a selection of photographs and video clips of the band in action.
So some people reading these reports will know that this season the Prod Boys have attended more non prize parades than ever, so indeed our new approach this is season has been very different but itís been very enjoyable
Well done to the Purple Guards and the people of Magherafelt for making us feel welcome.
East Belfast Protestant Boys Flute Band Chairman
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