Festival goers throughout Cork and Kerry have been tapping their feet to the delightful sounds of the Blarney Brass & Reed Band this summer. “We will be performing at all the big festivals in Kerry during the summer such as Puck Fair and The Rose of Tralee and we have also performed at Killarney’s 4th of July Festival,” said Conductor Gerard Condon. “A highlight for the band this Summer has been performances in Blarney Castle which was very well received by both tourists and locals and the band will also be performing at the Kinsale Regatta in August,” added band chairman Philip O’ Reilly. The Blarney Brass & Reed Band who will be embarking on a concert tour to Holland in October are currently recruiting new members for September. Children aged nine and upwards are invited to enrol and there are a limited number of instruments available free of charge on a first come first serve basis through the band Music Education Youth Programme. Established in 2003 the Blarney Brass & Reed Band Music Education Programme is renowned for excellence and provides a first class comprehensive and complete music education programme including one to one instrumental lessons, theory classes and various ensemble groups. The Music Education Programme is a partnership with the County Cork School of Music who provide qualified specialised music teachers for the programme which takes place at the Blarney Secondary School. Adults with previous musical experience or musicians receiving tuition are also welcome to join the Blarney Brass & Reed Senior Band For further information contact the band music education programme coordinator Vincent Condon on 087 2229513.