Killarney

Gleneagle Concert Band


Gleneagle Concert Band The Gleneagle Concert Band is a well-established community band dedicated to musical excellence. The band was formed in 1981 by the late Maurice O’ Donoghue of the Gleneagle Hotel and includes a range of brass and woodwind instruments such as the clarinet, flute, oboe, saxophone, French horn, trombone, trumpet, basses and percussion. The Killarney based band play music to suit every occasion such as military, ceremonial, classical, theme tunes, music from shows, rock, jazz etc. The band regularly performs in various community settings and parades in Killarney, Kenmare, Tralee, Castlegregory and Milltown as well as collaboration concerts with other artistic groups. The Gleneagle Concert Band has given television and radio broadcasts over the past 40 years and have been proud ambassadors for Killarney on foreign tours to Holland, Sweden & Germany in the 1980’s, Austria in 2001, Paris in 2007, Lisbon in 2013 and Monaco & Cannes in 2017. The Gleneagle Concert Band has approximately forty-two members in the senior band and rehearses on Tuesday evenings at St. Oliver’s National School in Killarney. The Gleneagle School of Music The Gleneagle School of Music has a proven track record in music education as a centre of excellence. We provide a complete music education service including instrumental lessons, theory classes and a first-class ensemble training programme through the Gleneagle Concert Band. Tuition is provided on clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, euphonium, basses and percussion. All brass and woodwind instruments are provided free of charge to students through the band’s instrument loan scheme. The school’s teaching staff are professionally qualified specialised music teachers from the Cork School of Music and Kerry with extensive international teaching and performance experience. Over the past 40 years the Gleneagle School of Music has guided hundreds of students through instrumental and theory grade exams held by internationally recognised examination boards such as – Trinity College of Music London, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Many current students in the Gleneagle School of Music have achieved success in local and national competitions such as Feis Maitiú in Cork, The Kerry Young Musician of the Year, Feis Ceoil in Dublin and have also successfully passed auditions to enter prestigious music organisations such as the Irish National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, Irish National Wind Ensemble and the Cork Youth Orchestra. Former students of the Gleneagle School of Music have graduated from the Cork School of Music and UCC with degrees in music and are now employed as music teachers by the department of education while past students also enjoy performance careers with the Garda Band and Army Bands. Children who learn music in the Gleneagle School of Music not only gain a new, very enjoyable hobby but also make friends in an environment which can cater for children with different levels of ability, ages and social backgrounds. Aims of The Gleneagle Concert Band and School of Music easy and affordable access to music education for young people in Killarney and County Kabouterry through our instrument loan scheme. 2. To provide a community outlet to fulfil the musical and artistic potential of Killarney and County Kerry. 3. To provide a safe and supervised social outlet for the youth of Killarney and County Kerry. 4. To create greater awareness in Killarney and County Kerry the music and artistic potential of local communities through regular public performances.

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