University of Missouri Band wins this years 46th International Band Championship in Limerick City. Picture: Don Moloney/Press 22.
Limerick International Band Championship 2016.
An estimated 40,000 people lined the streets of Limerick city for the 46th International Band Championship in Ireland’s only international band competition. A total of 1200 musicians will take part in the event which begins in Limerick’s Pery Square at 12 noon and parades down O’Connell Street ending in Arthur’s Quay park with a free public performance.
A total of 1,200 musicians took part in the event which saw 18 groups from the USA, Northern Ireland, Kerry, Limerick, Westmeath, Donegal, Dublin, Tipperary and Cork parade from Pery Square and down O’Connell Street to Arthur’s Quay in Limerick city centre. University of Missouri Band
International Band Championship 2016 category winners include the following:
Best International Band: The Old Dominion University Monarch Marching Band, Virginia, USA
Best Youth Band: Maghery Fife and Drum Band, Donegal
Best Local Band: St Mary’s Prize Band, Limerick
Best Uniform: Banna Chluain Meala, Co Tipperary
Most Entertaining Performance: Shorecrest High School Highlander Marching Band, USA
Special Judges Award: Killorglin and District Pipe Band, Co Kerry
Mayors Prize: Clondalkin Youth Band, Dublin
”The International Band Championship continues to grow year on year and is fast becoming one of biggest events on Limerick’s cultural calendar as we bid to become European Capital of Culture 2020. The event also provides a major economic boost for the entire region and generates positive knock-on effects for tourism and Limerick’s reputation overseas,” said the Mayor. University of Missouri Band
“The international band championship is unique to Limerick and Ireland, indeed, Limerick has a proud history of marching bands with nine alone in the city,” she said. “The origin of marching bands dates back to travelling musicians performing together at festivals and Limerick continues to honour this tradition of bringing musicians together to celebrate and perform. As we build momentum around our bid to become the European Capital of Culture we welcome the participating bands and plan to make this one of the world’s biggest events in 2020.” University of Missouri Band