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The Made to Parade podcast is an accompaniment to the book of the same name. Just like the book, the podcast promotes positive stories about the marching band scene in Northern Ireland and the rest of Great Britain. It provides a positive narrative and an inside look at what being a member of a marching band is all about and what it means personally to members.
 
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This week's episode finds us in conversation with Pat Logan from the very well respected Saracen Flute Band. Scotland has a number of quality flute bands and the Sarry are definitely one of the stand outs in the Melody scene, another band that are as comfortable with the jigs as they are with the marches. The band are frequent visitors to Northern …
 
Netherton Road FB are a band that I first came across when I went to Scotland for the first time with Pride of the Raven and I also bought the original tape that they released way back in the mid 80's. They are one of a quartet of bands that sport a very traditional style in regard to playing and also their style and appearance - they are no strang…
 
Thank you for joining us on another episode of the Made to Parade podcast, this week we talk to a Father and son duo from Hillhaven Flute Band, Davy and David Uprichard. One of the common themes that band members share about their band story is that the band is like a big family and another aspect is how many family members get involved with bands …
 
The latest episode of the Made to Parade podcast features flute and instrument maker extraordinaire, Peter Worrell. Known to most in Northern Ireland for his range of Bb Marching Flutes, however has a very extensive music and instrument making history. Peter shares how he ended up getting involved with the marching band scene here and how that evol…
 
Ian McAllister has a long history of involvement with marching bands and here on the latest episode of the Made to Parade podcast, he shares some of that history with us. Ian tells us how he got his start with a band and the journey that ultimately led him to joining one of the most respected bands on the road today, Lisburn Young Defenders. Ian is…
 
Well we are back with our 60th episode and, the second episode of our brand new season 6. This week we feature Les McMaster, a member of the Parkinson Accordion Band, East Belfast. Les has been a member of the band for over 30 years and has benefitted immensely from his tenure with the band. From wanting to join the Sharpshooters to ending up in th…
 
The brand new episode finds us in conversation with Paul Elliott from Drumderg Loyalists Keady FB. We are also joined by his son Sam in the episode as well. Drumderg Loyalists Keady, also known as the DLK are one of the most respected bands on the road today with a reputation for not only great playing, but for having one of the best colour party's…
 
This is the final episode of Season 5 and we are in conversation with Conor McBride about his band journey. Conor is the lead tip with Crossgar Young Defenders and has been a member for 18 years now. Conor loves his band and still gets that sense of excitement before parades. Our thanks to Conor and all of our guests this season for taking the time…
 
The band scene in England is nowhere near the size it is in Northern Ireland or Scotland, but it is no less loyal and band members are as dedicated as any band member elsewhere in the scene. Mark has been part of bands for almost all of his life, the influence of his grandfather and family who brought the tradition with them when they moved from Sc…
 
We are back for episode 9 of season five and this week's episode finds us in conversation with an iconic Belfast band, the Whiterock Flute Band. We talk with Thomas McAllister, a member with over 20 years service to the band about how he got involved, and what keeps him involved. We also talk about how the band have kept their traditional style and…
 
This week the podcast focusses on the "envisioning the future conference" that Made to Parade had the privilege of being a panel member at, sharing about getting our stories out there. The core aim of the conference was to reflect on positive and progressive community development modules from across the province, with the hope of developing solutio…
 
This episode finds us in conversation with the Rev William Orr and David Moorehead from Flute Band Church. William is a minister who was a member of a flute band and uses the idea of Flute Band Church to engage with the marching band community. Both William and David have a long history and connection with bands and they talk about how they got inv…
 
Rathcoole Protestant Boys are one of the best small blood and thunder bands on the road today, with a stunning repertoire of tunes and a playing style all of their own, and on the road you will know its them coming towards you before you even see them. We speak to one of their original members who has been there from the band was formed in 2009 and…
 
This bonus episode focusses on what is happening to musicians in Afghanistan since the Taliban returned to power there. Musicians are being hunted and killed just purely for the fact that they are musicians. To me this is a complete tragedy and as a musician myself, I have no idea how I would respond in this situation. We are joined by Katherine Sc…
 
Tradition plays a large part in the band scene and it's important to keep traditions alive - one band keeping a traditional approach to band music alive is Drumchapel Protestant Boys. We caught up with founder member Stevie MacPherson to find out about his band story and what led to the formation of the Drumchapel Protestant Boys Flute Band. This e…
 
This weeks episode finds us in conversation with Eddie McGonnell, County Grand Master for Glasgow. We have had a lot of requests over the previous 4 seasons to feature the Orange Order and get their perspective on parades and what motivates them to be part of the Orange Institution. Eddie has a long history with the Order and takes pride in the wor…
 
The second episode of season 5 finds us in conversation with Roy McPeak from Pictures on Parade and Neill Glass from On The March videos. Roy and Neill spend a lot of time travelling the country capturing bands on parade and sharing them via various social media platforms. Roy and Neill talk about how they got into doing this and what motivates the…
 
We are finally back for season 5 and we are live with not just audio podcasts, we now have video podcasts available on our youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMRIGsNdzfyGZrY-bBS08qA so please make sure you check that out, subscribe and hit the notification bell so you never miss out on our latest content. We are delighted to be back w…
 
Season 5 of Made to Parade is very close to launching, so we thought it would be a good idea to provide you with a preview episode and also take the time to catch up with a band we featured in season 2. Season 5 see's Made to Parade podcast being available via audio and video - which is one of the reasons why we are taking a little longer to get th…
 
You will remember Gareth from season 2 when we interviewed Billy Hutchinson and him about their book My Life in Loyalism - Gareth and Billy both mentioned a lot about the tartan gangs in that episode and having read Gareths book I thought it would be interesting to share that with the Made to Parade listeners. Gareth delves into the origins and mot…
 
Made to Parade met up with Victor, Terrence and Graham to talk about the history of Portadown Defenders in this their 50th Anniversary year. The guys had lots of stories to share about how the band was formed, what those early days were like and how things are going for the band today. Made to Parade is delighted to be able to produce this episode …
 
Welcome to the penultimate episode of Season 4 - and we have a great episode lined up for you - we are talking with Florian Hediger who is a basel based, rudimental drummer who played with Top Secret Drum Corps. Top Secret are respected the world over for the their playing style and entertaining performances and anyone who has seen them or watched …
 
Bonnie and Andrea have been members of MCV for over 30 years and have had some amazing experiences as part of the band. From playing at fireman's parades to Military Tattoo's all over the world, fifing and drumming has had an amazing impact on their lives. We caught up with Bonnie and Andrea a few weeks back to learn more about how they got involve…
 
Ian joined the Govan Protestant Boys as an 11 year old and has never looked back, having been with the band for 40 years he has witnessed the evolution of the band first hand. The band have had some amazing moments in their history and the trips to Canada, Las Vegas and San Francisco are among those, Ian shares a bit about what those experiences we…
 
Welcome to episode 6 and we have another great episode lined up for you today and one I have been looking forward to for quite some time, as we are featuring a band from my home country, Canada. Graham Kernohan is a member of Cambridge Crown Defenders in Ontario and has a long family connection to bands here in Ulster. His Father was an accordion p…
 
The Cowan Memorial Flute band from Sion Mills, celebrate 125 years of Marching and playing this year, and with this being Northern Ireland's centenary year its great to have a band on the podcast that is even older than NI! From their beginnings as a lodge band through to being renamed to honour one of their members the band has went through many h…
 
It's always good to do something a little different, so when I was approached about doing a "live" podcast at a cultural event on the Shankill Road, I thought why not, let's go for it. The team at Greater Shankill Alternatives organised what they called a "Cultural Busking" event on the day of the Whiterock parade as part of the Safer Areas For Eve…
 
I first heard CVFM on another podcast and after reaching out to a friend I was able to get a hold of some of their music and was absolutely blown away by it, the arrangements, the technique, the fifing and drumming is just top class! During our conversation I felt like I had know the members of CVFM all my life, it was great fun, there was a lot of…
 
We are on episode three and a quarter of the way through the new season already. Cloughfern Young Conquerors are a well known within the band scene and have evolved a lot over the years, we hear from their band captain about his journey with the band and its impact on his life and career choice. He also shares with us his experience of the band cha…
 
The Gertrude Star are a band synonymous with East Belfast, 'the Gert' have been a part of the band scene for 60 years now and celebrate that anniversary in Northern Irelands centenary year. They are one of the largest Blood & Thunder bands in the country and are also one of the most innovative as well, with a style that is uniquely theirs. I am joi…
 
Season 4 Episode 1 finds us in conversation with John Carmichael from Bridgeton Loyalists FB, Scotland. John has a long history in the band scene and has been a member of a number of bands, and a founder member of the Bridgeton Loyalists. John has seen many changes in the band scene and talks with passion about its history and where he sees it goin…
 
The Whole Shebang is a bit experimental - we wanted to have a forum where a panel could talk about anything they wanted including the hot topics of the time, so this is our first run at it. A panel consisting of co-host Maurice Brown, Brian Higginson, Tony Taylor & Wullie Urban, all ex-servicemen with a connection to bands and corps of drums and wi…
 
Its ironic that the last episode of the season will be released on what I would call the start of the parading season, Easter Monday. John has a long history with bands and this really comes out in the conversation on this episode, covering everything from first paraded to highlights of his time in bands, there's plenty of positives in this episode…
 
Diana Culbertson is a member of Dunloy Accordian Band, a singer, a piano player, a music teacher, and another fine example of the skilled musicians that make up the Northern Ireland band scene. Diana joined Dunloy as a result of studying marching bands for her PhD, wanting to focus on bands in her local area and specifically around the idea of cont…
 
This weeks guest is a founding member of another band that got their start in the 1970's, Ballyhalbert Followers of Rangers FB from the most easterly point of Northern Ireland, have had an influence of flute bands that many might not know. Their recording from way back was a massive influence on both the Blackskull and the Pride of the Myle flute b…
 
Omagh Protestant Boys FB was formed in 1976 amidst the emergence of a lot of new bands during the 70's and have went on to become one of the best melody flute bands in Northern Ireland. I caught up with Kenny and Amanda Porter alongside David Montgomery to hear more about the history of the band and some of the exciting ways in which they have help…
 
Sgt Major Billy White is a world class fifer, who has made a name for himself as part of the US Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. You will remember we had his colleague Mark Reilly on with us in Season 2, and where Mark focussed on drumming and the history and heritage of fife and drum, Billy very much focusses on the fife. Billy started with the Will…
 
The issue of mental health has come to the fore over the last number of years and in the band scene we have felt the effects of this in a number of ways and in the last two years, Light of Foot was developed by members of the band scene to provide a source of help and support for members of the band scene who may need to talk about their mental hea…
 
Nigel Edgar is the conductor of the Pride of Ballinran Flute Band based in Kilkeel. The band are one of the top Melody flute bands on the road today and Nigel has played his part in helping the band develop their style over the years. Nigel got his start with a Silver Band and then through a friend was introduced to the Pride of Ballinran around 19…
 
Steven Walsh grew up with bands in the North Down area and always had his heart set on being a drummer and achieved his goal as a very young lead tip. His experience with the band led him to join the Guards and after a stint recruiting joined the Corps of Drums and put his years of experience in bands to use in the army. During this time a few frie…
 
Keith grew up in Kilmore near Cavan town in the Republic of Ireland and thats also where is journey with bands started - starting marching band life in an accordion band and then progressing to playing drums with a flute band in Fermanagh after moving there for secondary school. Keith's passion for bands is evident as he talks about his time with S…
 
Frank Portinari is well know in regards to politics and in regard to some of the activities he had got involved in during the troubles, but what most people wouldn't know is that Frank is an active member of a flute band, the British Ulster Alliance. Frank was a founding member of the band and has aligned some of the political aspects of the BUA wi…
 
Laurie Johnston is a multi-talented man and a man dedicated to marching bands in the UK. Laurie has a wealth of experience in flute, brass and amateur bands as a player, conductor arranger and composer. Having played with bands like Duncairn, Argyle and Imperial Corps of Drums as well as conducting Ravenhill and a variety of brass and silver bands,…
 
Stu Boyd grew up in East Belfast in a musical family and this led him to joining an accordion band - he would later join a flute band in East Belfast, the Pride of Down. These two experiences set Stu on a journey that would see him learn to play many instruments and that would ultimately lead to him making his own flutes. Stu's story resonates very…
 
Book club returns to Made to Parade for a second special bonus episode of the Made to Parade podcast. This episode shines the spotlight on the fantastic book "My Life in Loyalism" written by Billy Hutchinson with Gareth Mulvenna. The book is Billy's life story and a very powerful story it is as well. Growing up on the Shankill Road as the troubles …
 
Joshua's story starts at a very early age and a family influence that left a lasting impression on him. Joshua was connected with bands from he was one year old and wouldn't pose for a photo without a small version of a lambed drum! His passion for marching bands has only intensified as he has got older and he has played with some of the best bands…
 
Simon Mowbray is the piccolo player with Churchill Flute Band Londonderry, one of the oldest marching bands in Northern Ireland. Simon shares his Made to Parade story and the impact that being a member of a marching band has had on his life, he particularly notes about how it has prepared him for some of the thing he has faced in life. Simon has so…
 
A wee bit of a departure for the podcast with this bonus episode in that we are not telling the story of a band member. Books are a very important part of my life and especially history books, and two books that really grabbed me over the past few years were by Nicola Pierce, Behind the Walls and Kings of the Boyne. They give an insight into these …
 
Once again on Made to Parade we bring you stories from the band scene from all over the UK and this episode finds us in England again talking with Ewan McPhie from Corby Purple Star Flute Band. Ewan also runs a YouTube Channel called Corps of Drums Music and features a lot of music for corps of drums that will be on interest to marching bands far a…
 
The William King are synonymous with melody flute, over the years they have proven themselves to be one of the best melody bands in the country winning title after title in the NIBA and FBL competitions. Their 2 CD's set the bar for all future melody recordings in regard to sound, quality and playing time. We are joined on the episode by one of the…
 
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