The Templemore Band was formed in 1949 as a primary school band in East Belfast under the direction of Alfie Bell. Soon competing at the very top of the contest scene they were the first band to perform at the inaugural European Brass Band Championships at the Albert Hall, London in 1979. At home Templemore dominated the local arena for many years winning the NIBA competition an unequalled fifteen times, including an unprecedented double hat trick of first prizes in the NIBA and Brass Band League competitions.
Members of the band were delighted to meet Prince Charles during his recent visit to the East Belfast Network Centre, formerly known as Templemore Avenue School where the band was formed.
Linley Hamilton plays a piece specially commissioned for the 2011 Entertainments Contest.