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Murley - ODYSSEY ARENA - 27th & 28th Spptember 2013

Murley Silver Band was formed in 1924 and took its name from the local district of Murley, a few miles from Fivemiletown, Co. Tyrone (Northern Ireland) where most of the original members resided. At present the band is located in Fivemiletown, in the heart of the Clogher Valley. The late Gordon Bloomfield conducted the band from 1960 until the appointment of a local school head teacher, Jack Taylor, in 1962.

However, it is fair to say that the meteoric rise of the Murley band through the sections can be pinned on one man - the late Harry Gault . Harry (who also founded the magnificent Strabane Concert Brass) was the conductor of Murley for 24 years, until his untimely death on April 12th 1997 at a brass band contest. Murley's finest hour came in October 2007, after winning the Northern Ireland Brass Band Championship playing Coventry Variations by Bramwell Tovey. This achievement, under the Baton of Keith Anderson meant that the Band qualified for and subsequently participated in the European Championships in Stavanger, Norway in May 2008. In June 2008, Murley appointed William Hill as their new musical director and subsequently completed a historic double by winning the NIBA Championship for two years running. As a result, the band competed for the second time in the B-section of the European Brass Band Championships 2009 in Ostend, Belgium. The Band finished a credible fourth out of six bands.