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About Our Organisation

 

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Established 2010

 

One Community

 

Confederation of Ulster Bands

 

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Thirteen Bands

The LBF are members of the Confederation of Ulster Bands and have lobbied on behalf of all bands with government and statutory agencies in order to try to stop music, culture and bands being used as a political football between various political factions.

We offer practical employment based training to members through Event Management and Driving Skills courses.

We have offered young leader training and work on media training, both social and mainstream, we also promote achievement for all in the education system.

The LBF also employ an outreach worker who works directly within the education system and through the city council good relations department. In the school system, we teach young musicians who cannot access the training offered by the board, which can be elitist and expensive. We encourage debate on the topic of difference in cultural identity.

We have over the past number of years diversified the ways in which the bands perform and think by taking part in three All Ireland Fleadh and other major events like the three Walled City Tattoos and the Pan Celtic Festival.

History

The Londonderry Bands Forum started in 2010 and began a journey that would give the member bands and the organisation recognition in all corners of society and government.

 

 

Kenny McFarland

Chairperson

One of the founder members of the Londonderry Bands Forum (LBF) when it was formed in November 2010 by 6 of the local bands, Kenny Mc Farland has been involved with the band's fraternity for nearly 50 years since he was 8 years old leading Killyclooney pipe band. He was then a member of the Foyle Defenders Flute Band that had started in Newbuildings in about 1974. In 1979, he was one of the founder members and now the President of the Pride of the Orange and Blue Flute Band and was also involved with the formation of the Auld Boys band.

Through Kenny along with Brian Dougherty, former managing director of St Columb's Park House in Londonderry and Julia Kee, the LBF became the first forum in Northern Ireland to be successful in employing a full-time Coordinator, who works directly with the bands. This post is funded through the IFI Peace Impact Programme and has allowed the LBF to become one the most active Band Forums in Northern Ireland.

Kenny was also on the committee that created the “Maiden City Accord” in a series of meetings with the loyal orders and bands and he has helped with the “Toolkit” and “Evaluation” that the LBF has produced.

He also has a keen interest in the Confederation of Ulster Bands and also promotes the Londonderry Bands Forum main objectives of taking and presenting music and culture to everyone in a positive, entertaining form.

This approach asks serious questions about the sometimes-unfair negative press and preconceived stereotypes about “Marching Bands” that have existed in the past.

Kenny is also proud to be involved in The North West Cultural Partnership, a group based at New Gate Arts and Culture Centre in the Fountain, Londonderry that promotes history and culture through music, dance and drama.

Derek Moore

Project Co-ordinator.

From September 2013 Derek, has been the coordinator of the Londonderry Bands Forum (LBF), a unique project in Northern Ireland. It is a Peace Impact Programme funded by the International Fund for Ireland.

Derek is a founder member and now musical director of the highly successful champion band William King Memorial Flute Band and has played with other bands throughout NI.

As well as participating in various stage productions as part of the core ensemble he plays regularly during street parades, and he has performed at 2 All Ireland Fleadhs with other members of the LBF and also at the Walled City Tattoo and Pan Celtic Festival.

Derek has spoken at Stormont and in the Oireachtas to MLAs and Irish senators on behalf of the bands culture and the positive role they can play in the Peace Process through their management structures, and the influence they have in local communities with young people. He also spoke at the Democratic Unionist and Sinn Fein party conferences promoting cultural imagery and identity.

His ambition in his role within the LBF is to promote the diversity, positivity and musicality of Northern Ireland bands and their members, and to enhance their image.

 

Andrew Lynch

Education Officer

Andrew has been the Londonderry Band Forum’s Educational (LBF) outreach officer since May 2014 in a post funded by the International Fund for Ireland.

Andrew is a flutist with the William King Memorial Flute Band since 2006. He teaches new members of the band and has done for the past 6 years. During his time with the band, he has traveled to places such as Scotland, France, and Belgium. He has been part of the Walled City Tattoo 2013 and Pan Celtic Festival 2013 as well as taken part in concerts in the Ulster Hall, Belfast, and Millennium Forum, Londonderry.

By his own admission, the band has had a positive impact and opened up opportunities for him, something he is keen to pass on and share with people especially young people through the LBF Educational Programme.

Vision

To gain and promote acceptance and equality by challenging all prejudice, preconceptions, misconceptions and negativity through education, honest, constructive and inclusive dialogue and positive engagement.

MISSION

To gain and promote acceptance and equality by challenging all prejudice, preconceptions, misconceptions and negativity through education, honest, constructive and inclusive dialogue and positive engagement.

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