Dungiven Crown Defenders Flute Band unveiled their new uniforms at a Dedication service in Boveva Orange Hall on Friday 24th June 2011. The Bandmaster Mr Samuel Carmichael performed the official welcome and gave a brief overview of the bands history before handing over to the Deputy Grand Master of Ireland, Rev. Alistair Smyth to conduct the service. Highlights of the evening included the unveiling of the uniform, the band playing a musical set and the presentations of commemorative pennants.
The Bandmaster began by welcoming all to the service, with a special welcome to the distinguished guests, and noted that it was great to see the hall so full.
He stated that the band was formed in 2006 after members of Dungiven Lodge had noticed fewer numbers joining and marching with the lodge since the old Dungiven Accordion Band had folded and went on to tell how the band had started off practising in an old shed with flutes that were kindly loaned to them by a neighbouring band, Anaghloo. “From the outset we planned to be a Melody flute band that would appeal to as many people as possible from our community. We felt that if we displayed good discipline and decorum in and out of the ranks that our community would be proud of us and we could keep the culture and traditions that we cherish, alive for many years to come”.
He noted how the Lodge kindly donated 15 flutes to the band and with plenty of fundraising, the band purchased their first uniform and a few more instruments to get them marching the streets. The band was officially dedicated on June “2007” and went on to lead the Lodge in Limavady on the 12th July that year.
Outlining the development the band has made each year he went on to relate how they have had no shortage of parades and concerts to keep them occupied and added that they have had the honour of leading all the various orders on there respective Days. He recalled how the band had also travelled to Scotland twice for the 12th of July celebrations and were proud to say they have played at a number of charity events, lead both the GB and BB and played at a memorial service at the Ulster Tower in the Somme Valley, France.
He also took the opportunity to thank every member of the band, both past and present and acknowledged that without them the evening would not have been a possibility. He thanked the committee for there hard work in both styling the uniform and help organise the service and he paid tribute to the families, friends and wider community for their support and encouragement over the past few years. He informed the guests that the band would take to the road for the first time with their new uniform on the 12th of July parade in Limavady town.
The Deputy Grand Master Rev Alistair Smyth gave a short address and presented each member with his new uniform before carrying out the act of dedication after which the band played a short musical set.
The band secretary Gareth Murphy then proceeded to thank the Bandmaster for all the hard work and dedication he has shown over the years and asked him if he would present a commemorative pennant to both to the Deputy Grand Master Rev. Alistair Smyth and the Worshipful Master of Dungiven Faith and Crown Defenders LOL 2036, David Carmichael.
The secretary expressed his thanks to Deputy Grand Master for leading the service and for the encouraging message he had for all in attendance and also acknowledged the constant support and assistance given by the Dungiven Lodge. Both the recipients of the pennants congratulated the band on the dedication of the new uniforms and thanked the members for the kind gifts.
Special thanks were also given to June and the team from Chloe Robin Fashion that supplied the uniform and it was noted that their professional approach and attention to detail was greatly appreciated. The formal programme ended with the singing of the National Anthem and was followed with a light supper.
Report: Gareth Murphy
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