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Toolkit For Bands

The aim of this Toolkit is simple. We want to give ideas and examples of how to make an organisation function and expand. In our case, it is Marching Bands but elements of the Toolkit will work for every organisation that has volunteers and unpaid staff.

It can be amended and adapted to suit everyone and we would welcome any feedback regardless of source that would improve or update this product.

Flute Tuition Programme

We launched our Marching Bands programme in May 2014 to give pupils an interactive insight into the different types of marching bands and the instruments that they play. We also give pupils the chance to play some instruments and experience what it is like to play in a group/band.

Since the launch of our Marching bands programme we have delivered it to numerous different schools reaching approx. 3000 pupils with positive feedback from schools, teachers and pupils.

We have worked with pupils of all ages and can set a programme to suit their ability. Our marching bands programme is designed for Primary 6 and upwards but we can do simple music lessons with the instruments for younger pupils.

We have now designed a flute programme teaching pupils the basics of playing a flute and reading music as well as looking into Marching Bands and their music.

Marching Bands Worksheet

We launched our Marching Bands programme in May 2014 to give pupils an interactive insight into the different types of marching bands and the instruments that they play. We also give pupils the chance to play some instruments and experience what it is like to play in a group/band.

 

Maiden City Accord

After an approach from the Apprentice Boys of Derry the coordinator of the LBF Derek Moore chaired the meetings over five months that produced the Accord. These meetings involved individuals from all the Loyal Orders and the event safety stewards.

It is hoped that this straight forward document with clear ideas and a sense of good neighbourly manners and respect can help to ensure that commemorative parading can be the entertaining and safe spectacle that we all desire.

It is not a code of conduct or a specific set of rules, rather a guide to taking simple respectful steps on one side of a seemingly complex issue and looking for reciprocation in return.

Evaluation Report

The executive summary and main evaluation charts the development and progress of the Londonderry Bands Forum from the early days through to 2016 and is a snapshot of an organisation with values of equality, drive and ambition. Education and dialogue with everyone regardless of gender, religion or race are the cornerstones of our progress.

North West Cultural Partnership

 

Education Programme

 

28 Schools

 

19 Community Groups

 

3000+ People

 

10 Things You May Not Know

All Welcome

  • Membership is encouraged from all members of the community and all bands are disabled ‘friendly’
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Size

  • There are approx 660 running bands from the PUL tradition in N.I.
  • Matching bands are also based in R.O.I., England, Scotland, Australia, Canada and USA
  • Over 300,000 people regulary participate in Marching Bands for N.I.

Year Round

  • Processions take place from March to September with other indoor events during the other 5 months practises throughout the year
  • Participating in 50-70 parades is not uncommon for many bands, along with perhaps 20-30 indoor
    events
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Charity Work

  • Many bands will donate tho
    their annual parade to local charities
  • One band, Pride of the Raven, have donated over £87,000 in the past 20 years
  • Annually bands will contribute approx 40,000+ to charity

 

All Genres

  • As well as the traditional flute,marching bands also
    include Accordion, Pipe, Silver & Brass
  • There are 3 different variations of flute bands – Blood & Thunder, Melody & Part

Youth Work

  • Bands provide a pivotal social and community role by helping to keep young people off the streets and provide a focus for their energy
  • The local band is sometimes the only form of community involvement for teenagers, and are not only holding their own’ in terms of numbers, but many are growing in size

Expensive

  • Flutes can range in price from £350, accordions from £1600, bagpipes from £1500 and drums from £400, all per instrument
  • Uniforms can range up to £40,000 per band – all locally sourced here in N.I
  • Membership covers the entire spectrum of gender age and class, from the professionals to the
    unemployed, from 3 years old to those 70+ year

World Beaters

  • Within the Marching Band Sector in N.I. we have World Champions, British Champions, Ulster
    Champions, All Ireland Champions
  • In the 2009 World Pipe Band Championships over
    HALF he prizes awarded came home to Ulster

Development

  • Bands are now leading from the front and tackling difficult social problems like Drug and Alcohol abuse and young men’s health issues
  • Bands help to instil social skills, behavioural standards, decorum, self-development confidence and help raise self-esteem

Community

  • Within the Marching Band Sector in N.I. we have World Champions, British Champions, Ulster
    Champions, All Ireland Champions
  • In the 2009 World Pipe Band Championships over
    HALF he prizes awarded came home to Ulster
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