About the band
Banna Chluain Meala was founded in 1971 in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (Irish Republic). Originally a Brass Band, Banna Chluain Meala later developed as a Brass and Reed Band, which included concert, marching and fieldshow performances. The Band also has a Colour Guard section which enhances marching and fieldshow performances. The total complement of the band has ranged from 100 to 150 members throughout the years which also includes Junior members while they are being instructed prior to joining the Senior Band or Colour Guard.
As well as the above, the band has over the years performed a number of shows including 'Oliver', 'Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat' and 'Snow White'.
The Band has travelled widely abroad to the United Kindom, Holland and France and represented Ireland at an International Festival in Cheb in the Czech Republic in 2004 to celebrate the new entrants to the European Union.
Mr. Danny Carroll, a founding member of Banna Chluain Meala was Musical Director for 30 years and was succeeded by his son Fergal. Fergal left us at the end of 2005 to take up the position of Musical Director of the Band of the First Southern Brigade.
Banna Chluain Meala Committee Members
President: Danny Carroll
Vice presidents: Pat Furey, Tony O’Keeffe
Chairman: Michael O’ Gorman
Vice chairman: Tony O’Keeffe
Secretary: Aidan Fennessey
Treasurer: Jacinta Gavigan
Musical Director: Peter Taylor
Asst. Musical Director: Danny Carroll
Children’s Officer: Joan Lyttleton
Asst. Children's Officer: Bernie Lonergan
Hall Manager: Michael Kiely
Venue Manager: Noel Lonergan
Field Commander / Parade Master: Alan McCormack
Colorguard Instructor: Majella Hewitt Forte
Band Liaison Officers: Bernie Lonergan, Maurice O’Sullivan
Wardrobe Committee: Jacinta Gavigan, Joan Lyttleton, Ursula Fennessy, Bernie Lonergan, Esther O’ Donovan, Brenda Leo
Other Committee members
Pat Furey. Vinny Kennedy, Tom Cahill, Emmet Donlan