Sunday 15 December 2019

Ciaran's nod to his great-grandfather

Alanna Fusciardi Wallace coaching four-year-old Ciaran Clancy in the art of brass playing
Alanna Fusciardi Wallace coaching four-year-old Ciaran Clancy in the art of brass playing
Loch Garman band members playing for the first time with the senior band (from left): Jamie Clancy, Emily O’Reilly, Enda Morgan, Alanna Fusciardi Wallace, Michael Day and Matthew Day

Anna Hayes

The Loch Garman band found themselves accompanied by a new musician when they were setting up for the John Barry ceremony at Crescent Quay.

Four-year-old Ciaran Clancy, son of Sean Clancy, the band's baritone player, is already showing a keen interest in music, going so far as to steal not only his dad's chair but also his musical instrument!

Ciaran, who is the great-grandson of band founder Johnny Clancy, was in town to watch his dad playing with the band and, while the group were setting up, climbed onto Sean's chair.

Another band member spied the opportunity to capture the special moment and quickly handed Ciaran his dad's baritone and snapped a photograph.

Sean said: 'He's been to a few rehearsals with me and when I'd be playing at home in Cleariestown he would play his toy trumpet alongside me. He's already interested in music and the GAA.'

Sean explained that he had joined the band when he was about eight or nine years old and remembers playing with his grandfather Johnny, and the other founder members Tommy O'Neill and Tommy Roche, who was the band's first conductor. Johnny, who played the euphonium, later took on the conductor's baton for 30 years, from 1949 to 1979. His son Paddy, Sean's late father, also played in the band.

Sean said: 'I hope that Ciaran will be the fourth generation of the family to join the band. His great-uncle, John, is the current conductor and president of the group.

'The photograph was a nice nod to the past and a good way of showing the unbroken family connection with the Loch Garman Band, like many other families.

'It makes you realise how much time flies.'

Indeed, it was a day to celebrate the youth coming into the band as a number of the young members in the group made their debut with the senior band.

New members are always welcome in the band, from age eight upwards to adults. Email to register your interest.

Wexford People

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