On Friday evening 27th August at Ballygrainey Orange Hall, the local drumming fraternity gathered for a traditional drumming evening – the last of the year. It was arranged in order to facilitate the growing interest in our drumming nights and the new venue of Ballygrainey was selected.
We were all bitterly disappointed that we did not get drumming under the arch in Newtownards on the 11th of July due to inclement weather, so we thought the night before ‘Black Saturday’ would be fitting finale.
On the night 7 drums arrived (2 broke earlier in the day) and over 60 folk gathered to enjoy a nights drumming and a little fifing. All the local protagonists arrived and we had a great night as our numbers were swelled by visitors from Carrickfergus and Ballymena.
What was particularly pleasing for me was that 8 students I teach, either in schools (3 Belfast Boy’s Model Boy’s – nearly big men now and 2 x boys from Movilla High School N’Ards) or at Loughries drumming class were present – let’s hope those numbers keep increasing Here are a few snaps to whet your appetite.