Bands of Ireland presents Play on for 2021 - Bands of the World

This year Bands of Ireland is excited to give a special performance opportunity to Irish and international bands and to help us virtually celebrate our national holiday

Where would we be without our marching bands, a staple of each and every parade?

Nobody knows better than us that Community Bands are at the heart of St. Patrick's Festival and central to music education and performance in towns and cities across Ireland.

But with band rehearsals suspended across the country for almost 12 months, many of the marching bands have found themselves without an outlet for creative stimulation.

In response Bands of Ireland put out the call to the nation, and the world, for musicians to don their stripes and join in a special St. Patrick's Festival virtual performance.

Now the instruments are being dusted off, the uniforms are being starched and pressed because we have created 5 super-groups, the Marching Bands of Ireland, and The World!, who have been collaborating remotely to bring us these stunning collective performances.

See performances from Leinster, Munster, Connacht and Ulster, plus a collection of international bands playing a selection of traditional and contemporary arrangements of some of your favourite tunes.

Feuerwehrmusik Enzersfeld (Austria)
Burlington Junior Redcoats (Canada)
Foothills Concert Band, Calgary (Canada)
Caecilienverein Zeiskam (Germany)
Ludrasveit Verkalŷdsins Marching Band (Iceland)
Complesso Bandistico "Vincenzo Bellini" Città di Genzano di Lucania (Italy)
St. Teresa's School Concert Band (Malaysia)
Orkiestra Grandioso Radom (Poland)
Elgon Youth Brass Band (Uganda)
Mbale community music foundation (Uganda)
Hitchin Band (UK)
Rushden Town Band (UK)
Salvation Army West Midlands Fellowship Band (UK)
The RAF St Athan Voluntary Band (UK)
Bergenfield High School (USA)
Central Texas Medical Orchestra (USA)
Christopher Newport University ("The Marching Captains") (USA)
Colorado School of Mines Marching Band (USA)
Eastern Hillsborough Community Band, Brandon, Florida (USA)
Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound Sound Marching Band (USA)
Flint Concert Band (USA)
Kings Park High School Marching Band (USA)
La Canada High School Marching Spartans (USA)
Lakeville South High School Marching Cougars (USA)
Old Dominion University Monarch Marching Band (USA)
Oratory Prep School (USA)
Portales Ram Band (USA)
Second Time Arounders Marching Band (USA)
UMASS Amherst Symphony Band (USA)
University of North Texas Wind Orchestra (USA)
West Michigan Concert Winds (USA)

As an added bonus some of our friends from the U.S. sent us special St. Patrick's Day performances and greetings. Click on the links below and ENJOY!

Monarch Marching Band
Bishop Moore Catholic High School
Dayton High School
Colorado School of Mines Choir
Illinois State University
Illinois State University Band Alma Mater Homecoming
Marching Illini
Lakeville South High School
Marching Mizzou
University of North Texas Wind Orchestra

Commissioned by St. Patrick's Festival in partnership with Bands of Ireland