TV Appearance for DIT Ballymun Wind Band

Dublin, 18th June 2006: RTE's children's programme "Mary K in the loft" today featured children from DIT's Ballymun Wind Band.  In total eight children from the Band were invited to participate in the show.  

All pupils at St. Joseph's National School, Ballymun, the children were interviewed by presenter Emma Davidson about life in the band and living in Ballymun. In addition, they delighted the audience with great renditions of the 'Flint Stones' and 'You raise me up'.

Pupils from St. Joseph's National School and musicians in the Ballymun Wind Band pictured outside RTE after their appearance on "Mary K in the loft"

Gemma Mc Mahon, aged eight, was one of the children to participate in the show.  Speaking of her visit to the national broadcaster, she said; "We talked about our school, and about Ballymun and we got to play our music, it was a great day!"

Speaking about the Wind band's appearance on RTE, Ron Cooney, Project Director said; "The benefits of playing music are well documented - success in society, success in school, success in developing intelligence and success in life.  Appearances, like the one on RTE, enhance personal confidence and self-esteem, and an ability to work to a schedule and under pressure."

No stranger to the spotlight, the Band have had numerous performances in the Axis Theatre and performed at a state governmental dinner. They became the first-ever school band to perform with the National Symphony Orchestra in the National Concert Hall and also took part in a video conference exchange with a school in Virginia in the presence of the US Secretary of State for Education, Rob Paige.  In addition, several students have been awarded scholarships to DIT's Conservatory of Music and Drama.

The Ballymun Wind Band Project is an initiative of the Dublin Institute of Technology's Community Links Programme. It is an innovative project designed to promote the playing of instrumental music in schools. The project commenced in 1996 with recorder lessons for 1st class students in St Joseph's Junior National School. Over the years, the project has grown, with five schools now involved:

  • St Joseph's Junior NS
  • St Joseph's Senior NS
  • The Ballymun Junior Comprehensive (Boys)
  • The Ballymun Junior Comprehensive (Girls)
  • The Ballymun Senior Comprehensive

According to Dr. Thomas Cooke, Head of DIT's Community Links Programme; "The work undertaken to develop music in the schools has been both unique and groundbreaking. It has enriched the lives of the young people involved and indeed the wider Ballymun community as a whole".

For more information on the Ballymun Wind Band Project click here.

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