Tallaght Youth Band
Tallaght Youth Band was founded in 1977 by Fr. Len Perrem and assisted by Pat McNally. The band was originally known as the Priory Youth Band, subsequently changing to its present name. The band had many sections including Brass, Reed, Bag Pipes, Majorettes, Flag Twirlers, Drummers and Irish dancers and although the band haven’t retained the pipes and Irish dancers, it still has many different sections.
The band traveled all over Europe in the late 80’s early 90’s, picking up many prestigious awards along the way, notably world championship gold medals, while marching with excess of a 100 members marching.
In March 2004, the band traveled to the "BIG APPLE" New York City to participate in the St Patrick’s Day parade. This trip was excellent and really brought the members closer. The band took home best international band at the parade beating some local rivals, which made the win sweeter.
In 2005 the band returned from a excellent trip to the Zurich international marching band championships were they finished in 4th place in the parade competition only losing out on 3rd place by a half a point. The Band are looking to using the success both in Switzerland and Arklow as a springboard to further success for years to come.
2006 was a fantastic year for the band. In March, the band travelled to London for the St Patrick's Day Parade, and although the kids where shattered from travelling, they still went and performed outstandingly both in the parade and the Gala ball for the ex pats, the night before the big parade.
The competition season for the Band was the best in the history of the band. The season started off with a bang, with the band being crowned, ALL IRELAND Marching Band Parade Champions for 2006, This was followed by the field competitions in the summer, where the band finished 1st in two of league competitions and came 2nd in the ALL IRELAND Marching Band Field Championships.
2007 The Future Looks very bright for the Tallaght Youth Band, The Band had a very successful St Patrick's Day in Boston, where the band completed a gruesome 6.5 mile parade for St. Patrick's Day, but the kids stayed in great form, smiling all along the parade for a delighted "IRISH" crowd.