Coleraine Fife & Drum

The band was formed in 1919 just after the First World War and came through the amalgamation of two bands in Coleraine at the time.

One was the Ramparts Band, known as the Park Band and the other was Killowen, made up of the Church Lads’ Brigade. Many of the members of these bands joined the armed forces and played there fifes and drums in the Inniskilling Fusiliers.

After the men returned home from battle the two bands amalgamated and became Coleraine Fife and Drum. It is thought that the Ramparts Band was the first part music flute band in Ulster, originally formed in Society Street by Frank M Edmundson and Tommy Crawford.

As the two bands came together, the late Jim Baxter, who had been a member of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Band, became Coleraine Fife and Drums first bandmaster and the band began to flourish.

In our 90 year history we have only had 4 conductors Jim Baxter, Sammy Kane, Winston Robinson and the recently appointed Jayne Campbell. In 1984 the band along with family and friends went to Toronto in Canada. There the band enjoyed parading alongside the Derry Flute Band of Toronto.

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