With the traditional marching season now well under way, the relatively newly formed North Antrim bands’ forum has been actively promoting greater awareness, appreciation and understanding of the marching band traditions and culture within the local area.
The North Antrim Bands’ Forum was formed after several months of discussion among representatives from a number of marching bands from the Ballymoney and Moyle areas.
A spokesperson explained that a number of band forums covering various areas across Northern Ireland already existed and the recent formation of the North Antrim Bands Forum was a natural step forward.
“Even though it is accepted that North Antrim is an area with a very strong marching band presence, it is hoped that, with a combined approach and joint cooperation between local bands, we will be able to address a number of key local issues within the marching band culture,” said the spokesperson.
“The North Antrim area has some of the most progressive bands and parades in Northern Ireland.”
The spokesperson added that the forum has already helped local bands through the sharing of resources and providing advice on funding opportunities and training.
“We have already established training needs and various classes will be taking place this Autumn.”
Forum member band parades will commence this Wednesday night 12th June, when the Vow Accordion Band host their annual parade in Ballymoney starting at 8.30pm sharp.
The parade will be led by Milltown Accordion Band from Portglenone and will take the usual route around the town.
Mosside Rising Sons of Ulster Accordion Band will be holding their annual parade in the village of Mosside on Wednesday 26th June at 8.30pm from Mosside Orange Hall, led by Dunloy Accordion Band.
Then it’s the turn of Pride of the Park Flute band to hold their annual parade on Friday 28th June. Armoy Auld Boys Flute Band will lead the parade this year which will start from Deane Park, Armoy at 8.30pm and follow the usual route around the village.
The forum would like to thank the public for their continued support for the local bands.
Anyone wishing to get in contact with the North Antrim Bands’ Forum, or any other bands wishing to join the forum can email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.