The Band Helps Open the Eighth Manx Youth Games

May 2009

Despite the early start and the threat of torrential rain the opening ceremony of the eighth Manx Youth Games went ahead on time. The band played some pieces running up to the 10.00am start of the ceremony which was attended by a number of Island dignitaries including the Patrons of the band, His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor Vice-Admiral Sir Paul Haddacks, KCB and Lady Penny Haddacks.

At 10.00am the National Anthem was played for the Governorís arrival and then it was the turn of the Islandís youth to take centre stage as they were marched onto the playing fields to the marches of Ivanhoe, One of the Best and Salute the Brave.

This was followed by the official opening and the playing of the Manx National Anthem which was again led by the band.

This is a very important engagement in the bandís diary as it highlights the organisationís support for the island community when we play for such high profile events. Thanks to all that turned out at 9.30 on a cold Saturday morning. It was good to see a high number of players in the band which included the much anticipated debut of Neil on Bass Drum !!!, scary.

The band has played at every opening ceremony since the inception of the Games in 2002. We have had to compromise though since the early days. It was originally a Manx Youth Band engagement and the band that played was mainly made up of our youth players but now they are all involved in all the actual Games which gives Manx Concert Brass the chance to join in the fun.

The heavens opened just after the completion of the opening ceremony and unfortunately the torrential rain meant some of the sports had to be cancelled. However, despite this, the games continued throughout the day.

Well done to all who took part, both competitors and players in the band.