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June 2010 - Bound for Belgium!

K and S Accordion Band:

Kentstown and Seneschalstown Accordion Marching Band are Belgium Bound

K & S Accordion Band continues to go from strength to strength and is looking forward to playing to audiences on their trip to Belgium this summer.

The Kentstown and Seneschalstown Accordion Band was formed in 1979 and has grown over the past 30 years to become one of Irelands leading musical groups, winning both awards and friends throughout Europe and the USA. The group incorporates orchestras, marching bands and display bands of children and teenagers between the ages of 6 and 22. Originally the band practiced in the Seneschalstown Hall but has since moved to the Kentstown Parish Hall. The band brings young people together from different towns, villages, schools, backgrounds and ages. This brings diverse influences to their pieces from Bach and Sinatra to Queen and African Beats.

Gerry Kelly, K & S's musical director describes the band as a social outlet for the youth of the area, a place where they can express themselves and make new and life-long friends whilst at the same time learning discipline and respect. This can be seen in the long hours spent practicing each and every week. In addition there is the dedication of their committee to organise everything behind the scenes. From fundraisers, uniforms and instruments to travel and meals arrangements, the work of the committee is never finished.

The results of such hard work can be seen in the ever growing list of achievements, stretching back into the 1980s. Some of the many awards include, 5 All-Irelands Senior Concert Orchestra Championships, the Senior All Ireland at Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann, 4th place in the European Accordion Band Festival and overseas champions of the British Youth Band Association Competition.

Equally as important are the invites to perform at major festivals and events in various countries worldwide. These include the Frankfurt Flower Festival, The Royal Albert Hall, the Wembley Arena, various trips to Hungary, Austria, France, Italy and the Czech Republic, and a memorable trip to Chicago where they competed in competitions organised by the Accordionists Teachers Guild International and came home with many awards.

On the back of a successful performance leading this year's St. Patricks Day Parade in London, summer 2010 sees the group head off on yet another intensive week of shows in Europe from the 26th of June to the 2nd of July. This time the destination is Belgium and the Senior Orchestra of 20 performers, K & S's smallest group, are looking forward to performing in Brussels, Gent, Bruges and Ypres. The coastal town of Ypres will be the highlight of the tour. It is the home of the Menin-Gate, a World War I memorial where a "Last Note Ceremony" is played every evening at 8pm as a tribute to the courage and self sacrifice of those who fell in defence of their country. For the band to be invited to play at this ceremony is a huge honour and we wish them all the success and enjoyment for the tour.

K&S Raffle Results:

The K&S Accordion Band would like to thank everyone that bought tickets for their recent raffle.

The following are the winners:

First Prize: 2000 Euros: Oliver Fields, Rathdrinagh ,Beauparc

Second Prize: 800 Euros: Cillian Reilly, Navan

Third Prize: 500 Euros: Joe Staunton, Navan

Fourth Prize: 250 Euros: Jenny Heavey, Duleek

Fifth Prize: Dean Fitzpatrick: Drogheda

Sixth prize: 100 Euros: Colm Lynch, Navan.

Pictured is Chairperson of the K&S Tommy Gallagher, Music teacher Gerry Kelly, Kathleen and Oliver Fields and Parish Priest, Father Farrelly.

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