Sun shines on Limerick at 42nd International Band Championship

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

A TOUCH of spring weather helped to bring a crowd of more than 40,000 people into the city this Sunday for the International Band Championship.

A TOUCH of spring weather helped to bring a crowd of more than 40,000 people into the city this Sunday for the International Band Championship.

And they were treated to one of the largest parades in recent years, as 20 bands from as far afield as the USA and Russia marched down O'Connell Street.

There were celebrations for the University of Missouri's marching band, as they took the overall prize.

The American group brought 220 musicians to Limerick, and thrilled the audience with a multi-disciplinary performance, including percussion, pipe instruments, and a vocal performance of 'Hey Baby'.

The parade judges also gave category awards to the White Russian Central Army Band, the Corpus Christi Pipe Band, the Clondalkin Youth Band, Sammy Benson's Limerick City Brass and Reed Band, the Celtic Crusaders from Mullingar, the Cullen Pipe Band, the City of Limerick Pipe Band and the Permian High School band, who jetted in from the Texas/New Mexico border.

Participation in the International Band Parade - now in its 42nd year - is significantly up on previous years, with more than 1,000 musicians taking part this year.

For more reaction and pictures, see Tuesday's Limerick Chronicle.

Our picture, by Adrian Butler, shows the Shorecrest High School Highlander Marching Band, from Washington State. They took away the prize for Best International Band.