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.
Musical Director from January 2009
Former Musical Directors
Billy Byrnre, left and Fergal Carroll, right
Banna Chluain Meala Committee Members
President - Danny Carroll
Chairperson - Michael O' Goman
Vice Chairperson - Tony O' Keefe
Secretary - Aidan Fennessey
Treasurer - Jacinta Gavigan
Musical Director - Peter Taylor
Assistant Musical Director - Danny Carroll
Children's Officer - Joan Lyttleton
Hall Manager - Michael Kiely
Field Commander / Parade Master - Alan McCormack
Color Guard Instructor - Majella Hewitt Forte
Band Liason Officers - Aidan Fennessey, Majella Hewitt-Forte
Wardrobe Committee - Jacinta Gavigan, Joan Lyttleton, Ursula Fennessy
Noel Lonergan, Pat Furey, Tom Cahill, Maurice O' Sullivan, Vincent Kennedy, Bernie Lonergan
Assistant Field Commander / Parade Master - Emmet Donlan
Assistant Colour Guard Instructor - Clare McAleavey