Hamilton Flute Band

The Hamilton Flute Band from Londonderry dates back to 1856 and maintains a strong musical tradition within the City as a successful marching, contesting and concert band. They have participated in the Lord Mayor's Show in London on two occasions as guests of the incoming Lord Mayor of the City of London, performed in the European Parliament in Brussels, The Somme in France and opened an Irish Musical Festival in Co. Mayo in the presence of Enda Kenny, the then Minister for Tourism in the Dail Eireann and former Taoiseach. These major events along with numerous parades and concerts have established it as a highly respected musical organisation which has represented the City with honour and distinction for many years.

During the First World War the Hamilton Band is reported to have joined the 10th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers "to a man" and became the regimental Band of 'The Derrys'. They served in many battle zones, most notably at the Battle of the Somme. In 2016 the band commissioned Mel Orriss to compose a commemorative piece of music entitled "1.7.16" which was performed in St Columb's Cathedral, Londonderry as part of the 100th Anniversary commemoration service and parade, dedicated to the memory of the men who served and those who paid the supreme sacrifice.

The band continues to strive under the musical leadership of Mr. Ben McGonigle BMus (Hons) whom himself grew up as a percussionist within the band continuing the strong family connections within the Hamilton's. In May 2016 again under the leadership of Ben, the band travelled to Scotland to compete in the Annual Scottish Amateur Flute Band Association Spring Contest picking up 1st place in the March section in which the adjudicator commented the performance "blew him away" 2nd place in the Test Piece section and Joint first overall along with the Entertainment prize for the day.

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