Many thanks to Galway City Council whose grant-aid assists our school band annually.

Our school band, now numbering 400 members, was started by teachers in 1976. It began with a small group of children playing tin-whistles and has since grown into a cohesive and proficient marching band. Children begin to learn the tin-whistle with their class teacher in third class. In subsequent years, children are offered the opportunity of learning to play the accordion, melodica, bell lyre, glockenspiel, the drums and a variety of percussion instruments. The musical directors carefully guide the work of the band to produce an excellent result.

A group 60 of majorettes from the third classes are choreographed and added to the band for a number of public events, including Galway City’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. A further 15 girls from the sixth classes form the senior majorette section as pom-pom bearers and baton twirlers.

A colour party of 11 children bearing the flags of both national and local significance leads the band. The Green Flag, which we were awarded for our work on environmental awareness, takes pride of place.

The band plays a very great role in the life of our school and our community in Renmore, and we are indeed grateful to our parents who have supported the band financially over the years. This band, which is the largest school band in Galway, owes its success to the commitment and dedication of the teachers who train the children, and to the children themselves who work so hard to achieve such a high standard.

Band 2015: See our drumming workshop with Brian Ferguson of Funky Drums.

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Band 2014: See our dress rehearsal photo gallery.

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