Sammy’s 40 year musical march

first_imgEmail Previous articleAfter Dark – Laurel Hill Gala Fashion ShowNext articleHeroin addicts move in on city neighbourhood Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsCommunitySammy’s 40 year musical marchBy Alan Jacques – March 13, 2014 1664 TAGSAlan JacquesLimerick City Brass and Reed BandMusic LimerickSammy BensonSt Patrick’s Day Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Sammy Benson moves to his own beat on St Patrick’s DayWHEN you meet the dynamic force behind the Limerick City Brass and Reed Band which celebrates its 40th birthday this year, there’s no doubting why they are still going strong.Fondly known throughout the city as the Sammy Benson Band, the man himself is as enthusiastic about the band today as he was when it formed back in 1974.Celebrating his 80th birthday this May, Sammy is as passionate, energetic and eternally youthful a man as you are ever likely to meet. His love of music and his beloved brass and reed band almost ooze out of him. He’s an inspirational character that simply lights up  when you bring the conversation round to music.When I arrive at Sammy’s Corbally home, he proudly points to the nameplate on the front of the house which reads ‘Artanis’. “That’s Sinatra backwards,” reveals the charismatic bandleader, who has been a fan of Ol’ Blue Eyes since he was eight-years-old.I am immediately struck by the amount of Sinatra and Rat Pack memorabilia among the equally cherished family portraits depicting a lifetime of memories and a dashingly handsome young Sammy Benson. Musical instruments, CDs and sheet music are stacked high as are the many prizes the Limerick City Brass and Reed Band have won over the years.“No matter where we went or what we did, we came away with a prize,” said Sammy proudly.“The closet under the stairs is full of them,” adds Sammy’s wife, Dottie.Sammy’s passion and love of music hasn’t faded over the years and its difficult not to get swept away in his fervour whether he’s talking about the great ‘Chairman of the Board’ or the band he has dedicated so much time, energy, love and money to over the past 40 years. He plays everything from clarinet to saxophone, trumpet and piano, and still plays every day!“I don’t drink or smoke. Music has been there all my life. I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have music,” he tells me, horrified even at such a notion.You can see why kids who joined his band 30 and 40 years ago have stuck with him and still continue to march their weary old bones down O’Connell Street every St Patrick’s Day. Hence also, why the band once known as the Limerick City Brass and Reed Youth Band, dropped ‘youth’ from its moniker. Loyal to Sammy they certainly are, but spring chickens, alas, many of them, no longer are.This, of course, also says much about the great love and esteem the Sammy Benson Band have for their great leader.One band member I spoke to fondly described Sammy to me as being like “a second dad”. And there’s no doubting that this great love is reciprocated. Sammy beams from ear to ear as he dotingly refers to his band as “all the lads” throughout our interview.The Limerick music man first started the marching band back in 1974 when it was originally known as the Boherbuoy Youth Band. The Sammy Benson Band have since represented Limerick at St Patrick’s Day Parades all round the world taking in everywhere from Dublin to New York, Cincinnati and Geneva over the last four decades.Sammy, who was crowned Limerick City Council’s ‘Citizen of the Year’ in 1988, told the Limerick Post about how his precious band first came to fruition.“I was playing in all the bands in town, my father Paddy Benson’s band especially, all over the country. I was young at the time and I was still a member of the Boherbuoy. There were always boys and girls hanging around outside the band hall. I said to them ‘are ye interested in learning to play?’ ‘If ye are’, said I, ‘I will teach ye but it will have to be every day. Coming once in a blue moon is no good to me.’ So I got the bunch of kids and I taught them all the instruments,” Sammy recalls.“I got the band going anyway and they were getting better. I got them trumpets and trombones and some of the senior members were coming on at this stage. I used to take them out on the street, downtown, up O’Connell Street, all over the place. People used to say ‘Sammy you’ll walk the legs off them’. That was the start of it.”The rest, as they say, is history!Ah boy Sammy!Over the last 40 years, Sammy has shared his love of music with countless young Limerick waifs and strays. Even on occasion bestowing his wonderful gift on kids, who perhaps at the time, didn’t value how much of a lifesaver it was to be.“I had the kids out on Edward Street and I was teaching them to march. Anyway there was these fellas coming down the road, they were tough, and I said ‘where are ye off to?’ They said ‘we’re going down there to meet our pals’. ‘Get in here’ says I. I hunted them into the band hall and I went in and got them instruments.They are still with the band. One of them told me there a few years ago that if I hadn’t hunted them into the hall that night, they would have ended up in trouble, because the pals they were going to meet were all arrested. They were bauld children,” says Sammy with nothing but love and mischief in his voice.The Limerick City Brass and Reed Band has been a labour of love for the well-known city pensioner. With no funding from anyone down the years, Sammy has also continually, and selflessly, dipped his hand into his own pockets to pay for uniforms and instruments for his band.“If I got a couple of quid now, I’d buy an instrument and if I had new people coming in I’d go to the shops and see what I could get. It’s all I’ve ever done all my life. Every penny my brothers Christy, Paddy, Eddie and myself had, we gave to the band.“For the last couple of years it has all come out of my pocket but it won’t be coming out of my pocket for much longer because I haven’t worked for two years,” he says laughing.There can be no doubting the huge wealth of happy memories the brass band has brought Sammy through the years. But the sad memory of the fire which destroyed the band’s hall in Caledonian Park is as cutting for him today as it was that awful night over a decade ago.“I remember I got a phone call around 10 o’clock at night to say the band hall was on fire. A couple of thugs had set it alight. The instruments and everything were beyond repair. It was heartbreaking.”The show must go on of course and Sammy, being the showman that he is, picked up the pieces and was given the use of a hall on Parnell Street, which is owned by the Dominican Church.When asked what he puts the band’s longevity and success down to, Sammy instantly replies, “It all comes down to hard work. You have to practice.”“I never let the band down. I’d practice them every night now if I could”.With 40th anniversary celebrations planned for 2014, this St Patrick’s Day Parade will be a significant milestone for Sammy Benson and the Limerick City Brass and Reed Band. And as always the familiar calls of ‘ah boy Sammy’ will go up over the length and breadth of the city as he leads his band down O’Connell Street on March 17.“A piece the band love playing is that Hawaii 5-0 theme tune. As a matter of fact, if I was walking up Parnell Street and there was fellas coming down they’d start humming it at me. Everyone knows me alright and St Patrick’s Day will be a special day out this year. I won’t be telling the lads of its significance though until afterwards,” he says.Before I reluctantly depart Sammy’s company, I can’t resist asking him some more about his admiration for Frank Sinatra.“Oh, Frank is my man!  I’ve seen him perform dozens of times in London, America, all over the place. I met him in London too. There was a crowd gathering and I asked a fella ‘what’s going on here?’ He said to me that ‘Sinatra will be arriving in three minutes’. I was standing there and he came up to the door and I shouted ‘turn around this way will you Frank?’ He turned his head and I said ‘my house is called Artanis’ and he laughed because he got it,” enthuses an awestruck Sammy.After taking my leave, a wonderful thought quickly springs to mind. “Why name a local landmark after JFK? Sammy Benson, a Limerick man in his own lifetime, is more than worthy of such accolades.”To borrow from the great King of the Crooners; over the last 40 years Sammy did what he had to do and saw it through without exemption. He did it his way!Ah boy Sammy!!! Facebook FOR 40 years the Limerick City Brass and Reed Band have played an integral role in the city’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Alan Jacques caught up with the band’s charismatic leader Sammy Benson and marched to the beat of his drum. 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Honing board recruitment

first_imgProspective directors’ expectations and concerns about board service.Credit unions are among an estimated 1.5 million nonprofit organizations registered in the United States, many of which are seeking talented and committed individuals to serve on their boards. A recent survey of people who’ve served as directors on nonprofit boards offers insights on prospective candidates’ expectations and concerns about board service.Half of all respondents to the 2014 survey by the National Center for Charitable Statistics identified personal fulfillment as their most prized benefit of serving on a nonprofit board. The opportunity for professional development was the next most common benefit, cited by 20 percent, and 16 percent of those surveyed identified refinement of leadership skills as a key benefit.The most important consideration in deciding whether to sign on as a director was the level of expected involvement, cited by 50 percent of respondents. That finding supports the need to clearly delineate the duties and time commitment that comes with board service. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Redknapp wants Celtic and Glasgow Rangers to join Premier League

first_imgQPR manager Harry Redknapp says the time is right for Celtic and Glasgow Rangers to be admitted to the Premier League.Celtic are dominant north of the border, while their rivals at Ibrox are threatening to quit Scottish football because of a planned restructure of the game.And Redknapp said: “I’d like Celtic and Rangers to play in England. I’ve said that for a year or two.“They are two of the biggest clubs in word football and it would also give someone else a chance to win something in Scotland if they left.“Look at their support – if you go all over the world you’ll find supporters of Celtic and Rangers.“We’ve got a Welsh team in the Premier League, so why not two Scottish teams?”Meanwhile, Redknapp says he is not looking to sell Alejandro Faurlin.Click here for our QPR v Tottenham 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

UK promises visa flexibility

first_imgSouth African passport holders will nowrequire a visa to enter the UK.(Image: Cumberland Immigration) Those without a previous entry stampin their passports, will have to adhere tothe new laws.(Image: Travbuddy)Khanyi MagubaneIn the wake of new, stricter immigration laws which now require South Africans to apply for a visa before entering the United Kingdom, British high commissioner Paul Boateng has given the assurance his government will try its best to be accommodating and flexible about it.On 16 February Boateng called the media and the travel industry to a briefing to discuss how the new visa requirements were going to work.Boateng reiterated that the move was not taken to limit the number of South Africans entering the UK.“The introduction of a visa requirement is in no way a reflection of any deterioration in our continuing and strong relationship with South Africa,” he said. “The maintenance of warm and friendly relations and the close links between our two countries remains of paramount importance.”Boateng said his government still welcomed the presence of South Africans in the UK. “We are committed to continuing to welcome South Africans travelling for legitimate reasons to the UK. The UK remains a favourite destination for both business and tourism for South Africans and will continue to be so.”As from the beginning of March, first-time South African visitors to the UK who don’t have a stamp in their passport already are required to have a visa to enter the country.The high commissioner also revealed that the British government will be using outsourced application centres that would be able to cope with the anticipated large numbers of visa applications.“We promise to turn around applications within five days,” Boateng said.He also encouraged business people who travelled regularly to the UK to apply for longer five-to ten-year visas. “Any traveller with a reasonable record is likely to be granted a longer visa.”Taking precautions against crimeThe UK government had raised the visa issue with South Africa from as far back as 2004, when it discovered a number of illegal immigrants using fake South African passports. But the issue was not resolved then.The final move to tighten the belt around the entry of South Africans into the UK comes as that country’s government now grapples with a high number of crime syndicates making use of fraudulent South African passports.Boateng described the move as the “management of identity theft” by those who are not South Africans,“We have a long relationship with the home affairs department, and have worked with them in the past six months to address our concerns around identity theft. Some progress was made, but frankly not enough, and we were forced to impose a visa regime,” he said.From the middle of March, the Home Affairs department will begin issuing a new South African passport, which will comply with international security standards set down by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.While Boateng is pleased about this move, he says the visa requirements will remain for now, until the situation is reviewed again in a few years’ time.Other countries, which have now suffered the same fate as South Africa, include Bolivia, Swaziland, Lesotho and Venezuela.Back in the UK, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said one of the contributing factors, which influenced the move, was the increasing number of terrorist groups using South Africa as a transit point and planning plots from here.She said the move was to ensure that the UK is kept safe. “We are completing some of the biggest ever changes to strengthen Britain’s border security,” Smith said on 9 February.Security officials in the UK have also said that terrorists and criminals are exploiting the availability of stolen or forged South African passports to gain access to Britain and other countries.South Africans love the UKReacting to the announcement by the British Government, Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament Tony Leon said any move by Britain to impose visa requirements on South Africans would have negative effects on business and travel.“Such a move will have a serious effect on business and travel links between our countries, and create barriers to entry which are without precedent in terms of the travel regime.” he said.In 2007, 419 000 people legally visited the UK from South Africa.This figure included tourists, business visitors and South Africans were granted work permits.Currently, South Africa makes up the fifth largest group of non-EU (European Union) visitors to Britain behind citizens of the US, Australia, Canada and Japan.Visitor visas lasting up to six months will cost £65 (R952) and work visas £205 (R3 000).Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected] Useful linksDepartment of Foreign AffairsBritish High CommissionSouth Africa Houselast_img read more

Strata Allows You to Play Fantasy Football – With Scientists

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#gaming#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout curt hopkinscenter_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App SciVal Strata, a new project from Elsevier, is a web-based modeling tool that allows users to play scientists in teams in much the same way football fans do with players. Call it Madden NSF.Dr. Lisa Colledge, project manager for Strata, identified the problem that gave rise to its creation: “At the end of the day everything comes back to resources.” Whether you’re putting together a team for a research project, applying for a grant, evaluating grant applications or looking to prove your own worth to a project or institution, a modeling tool that can quantify that worth dynamically and justify the expenses involved could be valuable. The tool is a dynamic, customizable modeler that allows a user to add and subtract scientists and specialists to a team and anticipate the change that would make in the team’s efficiency. A set of tabs allow changes to benchmarks, personnel and influence over time (on science in general, not just a specific project). The interface is very recognizable, with drag-and-drop scientists (is this the first time that phrase has ever been written?), which outputs into various charts and graphs. In much the same way that a football player in a fantasy league or video game would be represented by his stats, so is the scientist or specialist in question. According to Dr. Colledge, the scientists are represented by a range of data, from SciVerse Scopus, an abstract and indexing database, articles from all kind of publications and references in those publications, as well as output and citation data which can be customized, and is dynamic and current.What are the chances of those of us at home playing along? (Who wouldn’t want a chance to see how Niels Bohr and Stephen Hawking would effect the development of the steam engine? Or whether Marie Curie or Richard Feynman would be more effective in helping Danny Dunn with his homework machine?) Slight. The tool is sold to universities and other research institutions and users will need to belong to one. If such a tool is even roughly analogous with academic journals, the cost would prove prohibitive for the Average BA-holding Joe. Maybe an academic game company could license the engine and data and give us the Max Planck-Laura Maria Caterina Bassi smackdown for which we have so long waited. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

A Guaranteed Plan For Improving Your Outcomes

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now There is tremendous value in outcomes-based thinking. One of the reasons people struggle to produce the results they’re capable of is that they lack goals, and a focus on the outcome. For example, maybe you want to win a new deal. But you don’t win a deal. Instead, you do all the things necessary to produce the outcomes that eventually result in a prospective client signing a document that makes them an actual client. While it’s critical that you have your outcome in mind, it is the execution of the inputs that allow you to execute that outcome. Winning on the inputs is part of the domination strategy.Inputs = OutputsThe following inputs are in a particular order to make a specific point about inputs and outputs.Meetings: If the outcome is a scheduled meeting with your dream client, certain inputs provide a reliable action plan to create that output. The inputs for booking a meeting include:Researching your dream clients to develop a theory about why they may need to change,Nurturing the relationships over time to become known as a value creator,Using a professional pursuit plan that allows you to persist long enough to obtain that meeting, as well asThe language choices that demonstrate that your client will not be wasting their time when they meet with you.Oh, and then there are cold calls.Without these inputs, you will not produce the output. Too little activity around these inputs is also a recipe for poor outcomes.Engagement: If you want the outcome that is your prospective client deciding that you are a person worth engaging with to change some result, there are many inputs you need to leverage.How you open your first sales call and set an agenda for the meeting provides your prospective client with some idea as to what it’s going to be like to work with you.The types of questions you ask and the insights you share demonstrate the quality of your thinking and approach, another critical input.Your ability to help your dream client understand where they are in time and space, as well as the ideas they should explore to improve their situation, are inputs.Weak inputs lead to poor outcomes.Control the Process: Your ability to describe and control the process is an input to your ultimate result.The ability to ask for and obtain the commitments you know your dream client must make to initiate change and produce better results precedes the result you create. If you can’t ask for and obtain the commitments, either you or your dream client will skip steps, miss commitments, and struggle to move the initiative forward.Allowing your client to control the process is the same as agreeing to a request for a proposal, in which you have no say in what comes next or why even when your advice would produce a better result for your prospective client.No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. Inputs again equal outputs.Poor Inputs, Poorer OutcomesThere are two areas of inputs you need to consider when you want a particular—or better—outcome. The first is whether you are generating enough input, a measure of activity. The second, and sometimes even more important, is the effectiveness of the contribution.If you want meetings, too little activity will make it challenging to achieve the outcomes you want. If you want more meetings, increasing the activity (inputs) invariably leads to better results, which is why so many sales managers ask for higher activity. When a lack of action results in little input, the right answer is to turn up the volumes.It’s an enormous mistake to look only at the activity as an input. All you need to know this is true are the paragraphs above that describe inputs of greater difficulty and skill than a cold call. The effectiveness of the contribution is equally important, and in some cases, even more critical. It is no good to have a poorly executed first meeting with a client.Having poorer first meetings with a client only does more damage faster and across a larger group of prospective clients. Your effectiveness in having client conversations is an input.A Two-Prong Approach to ImprovementIf you need better results, you can pursue these two strategies simultaneously. You can increase your activity while also improving your effectiveness. Of the two, many people believe generating more business is their real challenge when in truth, that is the easier of the two. Improving your effectiveness requires intentionality, time, energy, and a willingness to change your approach—even when it is uncomfortable.Pursuing improvement in both areas is almost always faster than more effective than choosing only one.If what you are doing now would produce the result you need, you’d already have that result. If you are not achieving that result, you need to focus on increasing and improving your inputs.last_img read more

MMA fighter after collapse: ‘I died tonight in the cage’

first_imgPhoto taken from CJ Hancock’s Instagram accountMMA fighter CJ Hancock survived the fight of his life even during his fight with Charlie Ontiveros in the Legacy Fighting Alliance Saturday (Manila time).Hancock reportedly collapsed during the second round of the match.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next GSP wins middleweight title in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES “Doc says I shouldn’t fight again,” he said. “I’m broken, but I still plan on competing in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and BJJ superfights when I get better.”Though extreme weight cutting is not advisable because of the obvious dangers it brings, there’s still some fighters, who still practice such measures.In a separate report by MMA Fight, Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris suffered a heart attack and kidney failure in his bout against Kimbo Slice at Bellator 149 in February last year.The same was the case with muay thai boxer Jordon Coe, who died from suspected heatstroke after trying to cut weight just last March.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa In a post on Facebook, Hancock thought he already saw his life pass him by.“Well, I died tonight in the cage,” he wrote, as reported by Bleacher Report. “I’m OK. Thanks everyone. I’ll reply when I can. My heart stopped, and I had kidney failure. They did CPR and hit me with the EKG twice and brought me back.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHancock shared he’s still unsure of what happened, but he said it could be due to his drastic efforts to cut weight prior to the fight.That alone made Hancock decide to walk away from the sport for good, noting that the match against Ontiveros would be his last inside the cage. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Ronaldo in touching tribute to Earthquake victim

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo in touching tribute to ‘No.1 fan’ who lost his life in Mexico earthquake tragedy Goal Last updated 2 years ago 21:52 25/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 2017 Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Primera División The Real Madrid star has posed with a signed shirt for the six-year-old and his family, passing on his sympathies to those that had lost loved ones Cristiano Ronaldo has paid his respects to a young fan who died in the Mexico earthquake tragedy, posing with a signed shirt for the six-year-old boy.Hundreds of people perished and many were left homeless after the nation was hit by a devastating 7.1-magnitude earthquake, with Santiago Flores Mora one of those to have tragically lost his life.Mexican newspaper Excélsior reports that the youngster was a huge fan of Ronaldo’s, and that his mother had penned a letter to the Real Madrid star after the tragic events of September 19. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing En este momento de dolor, envío a la familia de Santiago y a todas las familias que han perdido sus seres queridos un enorme abrazo. pic.twitter.com/odD28aFPfv— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) September 24, 2017In the letter she reportedly expressed how her son dreamed of meeting the Portugal superstar, and that he saw him as a father figure.And Ronaldo has now paid tribute to the young boy, posting on social media with a signed shirt that reads: “For my No.1 fan Santiago. With love, Cristiano Ronaldo.”The text that accompanies the post on Twitter reads: “At this time of sorrow, I send the Santiago family and all the families who have lost loved ones a huge hug.”last_img read more