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25 November 2011

A range of local bands have been selected to play at a prestigious event in Belfast this November.

The News Letter Festival of Marching Bands, organised by the Ulster Bands Forum and sponsored by the Ulster-Scots Agency and Translink, was first launched in 2009 and returns again to the Ulster Hall, now in its third year. The evening promises to be a showcase of bands from across the Province taking part in front of an enthusiastic Ulster Hall audience.


This year’s schedule once again brings together the cream of Ulster's marching bands. Among the line-up will be local band Pride of the Maine Flute, Ballymena, chosen by the organisers as being one of the premier bands of their musical style and genre.


The festival, compered by actor Dan Gordon, will take place on Friday 25th November with doors opening at 6.30pm and performance starting at 7.30pm.


The evening will feature Lisburn Young Defenders Flute; Gortagilly Coronation Flute, Moneymore; Brookeborough Flute, Fermanagh; Pride of the Maine Flute, Ballymena; Cavanaleck Pipe, Fivemiletown; Downshire Guiding Star Flute, Banbridge; Corbet Accordion, Banbridge; and Omagh Protestant Boys Flute.


Speaking on the festival’s launch News Letter editor Darwin Templeton said, “We’re delighted to be working again with the Ulster Bands Forum to deliver the festival, which is a superb showcase for the musical talent that exists within the bands community.”


He added “We have secured a tremendous line-up of the finest bands from different genres from across Northern Ireland and so there should be something to suit every taste.”


Tickets are priced at £18 reserved seating & £17 unreserved seating each and are available from the Ulster Hall by telephoning 028 9033 4455 or online at