Newtownards Melody Flute Band

A meeting was held in the Orange Hall, Newtownards in early December 1991, there was 9 people present and the aim of the meeting was to discuss the possibility of forming a flute band. It was agreed that the band would be called Newtownards Melody Flute Band as it informed the public where the band was from and what type of music they would play.

Pictures for the Service of Dedication for their new Uniforms and Instruments on Sunday 4th April 1993

The band first took to the road in April 1993, the first engagement being The Boys’ Brigade Church Service in October. In December 1996 the band decide to move from the Orange Hall and rent premises on the Donaghadee Road in Newtownards, and have practised there since.

In May 1997, the band took part in The Lord Mayors Show in Belfast and was awarded the prize of the best band on parade. The band was still in great demand throughout the whole marching season even travelling to Liverpool and Southport to take part in engagements there. In August 1997 the band held its first contest in Newtownards, 28 bands were on parade that night.

At the end of the year 2000, the band decided to purchase a new uniform. The uniforms were first worn on 12th July 2001, when the band was judged to be the best band in Newtownards District for the second year in a row; this was followed up in 2002 by retaining the title for a third year.

Newtownards Melody Flute Band playing “The Gael”.

The band plays first and second flute parts also with a piccolo.

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