fter the war the Hamiltons
returned to Londonderry and decided to build a band hall in Moore
Street in the Waterside area of the City. The hall was built
entirely by band members and served it well until the early
seventies when it was destroyed by terrorist activity, there
ending an era in the Bands history. Since then we have rehearsed
in various rented accommodation in the City - not entirely
satisfactory, but it has not inhibited our enthusiasm for
In the early 1980's a decision was taken to change to silver Boehm System flutes from the old wooden Simple System flute which were becoming increasingly difficult to obtain. With increasing success and additions to our ranks, the instrumentation now consists of some 40 Concert, 12 G Treble, 12 Alto, 8 C Bass and 2 Piccolo flutes costing in the region of £50,000. In addition we have a percussion section comprising of Bass Drum, 8 Side Drums, Cymbals, Timpani, Glockenspiel, Drum Kit and other ancillary instruments. A comprehensive list, all in regular use and funded entirely through band fund raising events and Grants from various organisations, such as 'The Honourable The Irish Society', The Ireland Fund and the Foundation for Sports and the Arts to name but a few.
Mr Will Pomeroy, who retired as conductor in December 1994, led us to many fine achievements for over a period of 10 years and was extremely instrumental in achieving our promotion to the N.I.B.A. Senior Flute Championship Grade for the first time in the band's history, immediately establishing a position in the top four.