Starting the festival off with a yeehaw!! Coming all the way from west Texas the Hardin Simmons Cowboy Band will be performing on the Parade in Kilkenny City on Tuesday the 15th of March. This highly spirited band have traveled the world entertaining audiences with their colourful western attire (which has changed little in the last 91 years!) their irresistible enthusiasm and their engaging performances. Expect whooping, hollering, hat waving and maybe even a little square dancing! Take an early lunch break and come see be part of the fun with this unique marching band of cowboys and cowgirls!
The “World Famous” Cowboy Band is an ensemble rich in history and tradition and has been an important part of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas since its inception in April 1923. Presenting some 35 performances annually, it is the most widely seen and heard musical ensemble in West Central Texas! They have traveled throughout the United States and the world and performed at seven Presidential inaugural events. This is their first overseas trip since 2002! While marching at a fast cadence of 200-plus beats per minute the band shuffles into view, whooping, hollering, and waving their hats in the air! Their leather chaps move in smooth unison as the band seems to float along. The Band’s musical selections include The Eyes of Texas, Deep in the Heart of Texas, the HSU Anthem March and Hey, Baby!
The Hardin Simmons Cowboy band’s musical director is Bill Harden, assistant professor of music and director of bands at Harden Simmons University.