BALLYGOWAN FLUTE BAND
William Love was born in the Fountain area of Londonderry, and his father, a piccolo player, made the supreme sacrifice in the First World War. His banding life started with the Maiden City Flute Band, and he taught the Steelstown Flute Band before being associated with the Thiepval Accordion Band. He also played the euphonium for the Brass Band of the RUC, and was associated with the Hamilton Flute Band.
It is said that his music reflected his life, for example his first march to gain recognition, Moore Street, was the Hamilton Flute Band's address at the time. Among others, he composed the marches United Nations, Step in Style and Orangefield.
William Love, while remembered for his marches, composed many types of music. A plaque commemorating his life and his music has very recently been placed near where he was born.