You may remember the Parades Commission ordered that
*only Orangemen and their 13 notified bands can march past St Patrick’s Church on Donegall Street in north Belfast.
*They must do so to the sound of a single drum beat.
*All music must stop 43 metres away from the church so there is no music within earshot of it.
This is what happened
Did you notice that
*Bands seem to compete to see which could play the most sectarian tune loudest once past the 43 metre cut-off
*There were more Band members than Orange Order marchers
* Women were vociferous supporters
The Orangemen hire these bands to march with them. The bands have a reputation as being less respectable than the Orangemen, although they are seen by many as serving the useful purpose of keeping young men from working class areas out of trouble
Make the Bands offers they can’t refuse –
* An exclusive Summer band festival
* Re-use traditional Park bandstands for concerts
* Band uniform fashion parades, competitions for best repertoire, renderings, mace twirler , flautist, drummer and so on
*Prizes: Awards, Medals, Cups, Visits and study experience with other municipal and real military bands, Music Scholarships and career training for talented young bandsmen/women
*Top their Orange fee as long as they participate only in the Festival
Sit back and watch the Orangemen march alone in silence!
PS This proposal is also valid for Scotland!
Imagine the money to be made with an Ulster-Scotland’s Got Band Talent Show!!!