Time For Change

In 1982 the band changed considerably in both style and appearance, for they now sported a smart uniform of blazers and trousers and had added a number of military marches to their repetoire. This year saw the band enter the contest parade circuit, where they won many trophies including best melody flute, style and appearance and best overall band. Of which they held these titles three times in the North West Bands Association marching competition.

This was also the year that the band took the step and became a member of the NIBA. In 1982 the NIBA championships came to Londonderry which saw the guildhall host the contest. The band were very pleased with second place in their first indoor contest which was to be the first of many. 1983 was a new year and the band surpassed all expectations by winning the first of their successive NIBA championships in the Ulster Hall.

In 1988 the band ventured into the recording studio for the very first time, of which the tape "Aces High" was produced which proved to be a great sucess and sold very well.

The band have achieved success thanks to the dedication of their late conductor and friend, Mr. Drew Porter who continued to give up his time to help the members achieve their goals until he sadly passed away in September 2011. Apart from travelling to Scotland the band have also travelled to parades in London, Liverpool and to Limerick where they took part in the International Music Festival. In more recent years, the band travelled to Belgium and The Somme to visit battlefields, graves, and services held at Ulster Tower , Thiepval Memorial and to take part in the Last Post service held at Menin Gate.

The band have also been successful in other major contests and have won the North West Bands Association contest 18 times since 1982 and never lost the Londonderry Feis in the 15 years they participated in the contest. In 1983 the band also became a member of the Flute Bands League and won the first of many melody flute titles. In 1996, as well as the melody section they entered the grade 4 parts section were once again they lifted the silverware and have done so numerous times since. The band take great pride in being the first band to win the newly introduced Grade 4 section. They were also the first to win both the melody and grade 4 in the same year 1999 a feat they have achieved again a number of times since.

The year 2002 saw the band enter the higher grade 4 section when the N.I.B.A. introduced this section, where they won both the melody and grade 4, which made them the first band to win two sections in N.I.B.A. history.