Glór Na nGael Pipes and Drums of Lynbrook held their Pipers’ Ball this past Saturday at in Lynbrook.
Glór Na nGael, which translates to "Voice of the Irish," was formed 12 years ago and is affiliated with Division 14 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Lynbrook. The band also works closely with the St. Mary's Council.
Glór Na nGael perform at least 40 times per year, which includes parades, weddings, and charity events. Saturday's recital included more than 20 pipers and 10 drummers including snare, tenor, and bass drummers. Also, four Irish step dancers from the Hagen School of Irish Dance, located in Long Beach, livened up the party with their talented dancing.
The majority of the members are from Lynbrook and Rockville Centre. The youngest member, Evan Foley, is 17, but all ages are welcome. Foley is a senior at , where he plays varsity soccer.
“Everyone at the band is very friendly and welcoming and fun to be around," he said.
The band is uniformed in their wool kilts, matching hose (knee socks), gilles brogues (dress shoes), sporrans (purses), sgian-dubh (short bladed Scottish knife), and wool caps. This was an opportunity for the pipers and drummers to have family and friends join them for a fun night out, as well as a chance to raise funds for all the expenses involved in outfitting and training the band.
The highest ranking member of the band, the Pipe Major, is Thomas Piderit, who is also the band president. The Drum Major, who's role includes leading the band down the street, is Thomas Moriarty. Thomas Lawless is the business manager and Pipe Sergeant, while Bob Madden is the instructor for the pipers.
Practices are held for beginners from 7-8 pm on Monday nights at St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus in Lynbrook.
Check out the Glór Na nGae’s website.