BALLYGOWAN FLUTE BAND
What can we offer our young people?
They can learn to play the instrument or improve their standard under the individual, or small group, tuition of talented, and usually qualified teachers, and they will be introduced to a wide range of music (as outlined in our Music page).
They will have the pleasure of away days -
The 2019 Flute Band Association’s Solos & Small Ensemble Contest brought much credit on our young people, their families and the Band.
Rebecca Gourley won the Under-
Matt Gourley won the Novice & Intermediate Side Drum and Andy Robinson was Runner-
From left: Rebecca Thompson, Harry Douglas, Andy Robinson, Rebecca Gourley, Matt Gourley.
Congratulations to all of them.
At the 2018 Flute Band Association’s Solos & Small Ensemble Contest, Harry Douglas added to his impressive performance in 2017 by winning both the under-
Congratulations also to Rebecca Gourley who was runner-
And congratulations to Percussionist Matthew Gourley for winning the novice side drum section, and to Andy Robinson who finished equal second.
Pictured (from left) are Rebecca Thompson, Harry Douglas and Matthew Gourley from Ballygowan, and Karen Gilmore and Joseph Barr from Cahard (winners of the under-
Ballygowan also won the Magill Trophy for the Best Band of the day.
Another good day at the office as the Band brings home two trophies from the 2017 Scottish Spring Contest. Rebecca Thompson and James Douglas display the trophies.
Sam Robinson plays in his first contest (May 2017) & has a trophy to show for it.
Harry Douglas wins the Under-
Well done to our young flautists and drummer who took part in the Flute Bands Association Solos and Small Ensembles Competition in Newtownards on Saturday 23rd April 2016. Harry Douglas (right) finished second and Rebecca Thompson third in the Under-
New Band hats for everyone, and Andy, Sam and Harry are the first to show them off
Congratulions to 9-
Flute Band Association Solo & Small Ensemble Contest 2013
Congratulations to Benjamin Gourley who took third place in the under-
Andrew is Northern Ireland Young Musician of the year 2012
In the impressive surroundings of The Harty Room of Queens University Belfast on Saturday 3rd March, Andrew Douglas won the competition for the title of Northern Ireland Young Musician of the Year 2012. The adjudicator made valuable comments to each of the contestants in turn, and added that in any concert anywhere, they would provide excellent entertainment. In Andrew’s case he said he was most impressed with his phrase shaping and his technique, and he was in charge of the piece at all times.
Andrew traveled over to Bournemouth in April to compete in the Instrumental Section of the British Isles version of Rotary Young Musician. The winners of this and of the Vocalists Section will then be invited to play/sing for the delegates at the 2012 Annual Rotary International Britain & Ireland Conference.
James Douglas and Benjamin Gourley make their contest debut at the Own Choice in Lisburn on 25 February 2012, and no doubt enjoyed their first win. Nothing like starting with a bang!
Congratulations to Andrew Douglas who hightailed it from the Band’s success at the 2012 Own Choice Contest to participate in the Ballymena Music Festival. It proved to be worth the trip as he came away with the prize for the best instrumentalist and a cheque for £300.
Still only fifteen years of age, Andrew Douglas has now won the best piccolo player prize at the 2011 Flute Band Association’s Own Choice Contest and the Northern Ireland Band Association’s 2011 World Championship for Flute Bands. Here, now a sixteen-
Andrew has also won a £500 share of the Blair Mayne Bursary to help fulfil his musical ambitions -
Hannah Mayes captured with her Dad before the annual Orange Church Service in Comber on 10 July 2011.
15 September: Andrew Douglas gets to meet Sir James Galway. Sir James and Andrew are the only two people at twelve years of age ever to win the Flute Band Association's competition in Under-
Every year many of our young (and not so young) members enter this competition. There is something for everyone; solos, duets, trios, quartets, sextets, octets not to forget the percussion section.
Ballygowan traditionally have a good entry and it can be no accident that successes here throughout the decades by a significant percentage of our members have had a major bearing on the band's development.
1999 photo of Andrew Douglas.
These six young people made their first appearance in the Band's colours on the morning of 11 July 2010 at the annual church service for the Orange Brethren of Ballygowan and surrounding district.
From left: Thomas Simpson, Benjamin Gourley, Sophie Gourley, James Douglas, Chloe McClure, Hannah Mayes
Jonathan Gourley will probably always remember playing in his first major parade on Saturday 29 August 2009 at the Black Preceptory Parade in Crossgar.
He had agreed the target with his father (no pressure!) to have learned all his marches to coincide with Dad's birthday -
Jonathan would be a direct descendant of one of those pioneers of 1876.