Sax­o­phone quar­tet help raise €60,000

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

On the May Bank Hol­i­day week­end as tem­per­a­tures soared over to over 25 de­grees mem­bers of the Bal­ly­more Eus­tace con­cert band (Est 1875) were blessed to play at the Laragh car boot sale in the Brock­agh Cen­tre. The sax­o­phon­ists, in­clud­ing Robert O’Brien and Hilary Jack­son from Baltinglass, nor­mally seek­ing shel­ter from the rain, played un­der the wel­come shade of the trees.

The mu­si­cians have un­der­taken a mas­sive fundrais­ing pro­ject to in­su­late their band-hall. They re­quire in ex­cess of €60,000 to fu­ture proof the his­toric home of the band. The band has grown to over 60 mem­bers in­clud­ing the ju­nior band, and vary in age from six to 86. The play­ers en­dure very un­com­fort­able cold con­di­tions dur­ing the win­ter months dur­ing long re­hearsals. Ea­monn Dee­gan from Poula­phuce has been a mem­ber of the band for 65 years and has even trav­eled to the US to play, com­mented that he wasn’t used to play­ing in such fine con­di­tions.

Ian Bach­house from Knock­ananna sold raf­fle tick­ets on the day for the bands up and com­ing Mon­ster Raf­fle which has in ex­cess of 60 prizes, in­clud­ing fly­ing lessons, ho­tel stays, con­cert hall tick­ets, cash prizes and vouch­ers for lo­cal busi­nesses to name but a few. The mem­bers are not only confident in their mu­sic abil­i­ties but be­lieve that communities pulling to­gether can get the job done. Mu­si­cians from all over Le­in­ster play with this award win­ning band who are head­ing to Clon­akilty this July for the South of Ire­land Band Cham­pi­onships where they are no strangers to scoop­ing awards.

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