14 Members of Downshire's Senior and Youth Bands made the trek to Armagh this week to take part in Armagh Old Boys Brass Band Summer School
With around 5-6 hours of playing each day it is reckoned that they covered around a year's worth of youth band rehearsals in a week!
The Sterling Band (less experienced players) prepared 14 pieces from scratch and Sovereign Band prepared around 10 - a phenomenal achievement for both groups.
The week was brought to a close with a rousing finale concert in 1st Armagh Presbyterian Church where both bands got to showcase the results of their hard work.
It is safe to say that everyone who attended the course had a brilliant time and new friendships have been made.
Congratulations to our own Daniel Quinn who was awarded the Sovereign Band Trombone prize and Louise Crowther who took home the Sterling Band Tenor Horn prize.
Special thanks to all of the tutors from Foden's Band and also to the Stevenson family whose enormous efforts make the summer school possible. We can't wait to return next year.