On the Banks of the River Shannon is a musical journey back through time and history. It is a tribute to the history of the past, the joys of the present, and hopes for the future. The piece, like the modern city itself, attempts to combine the culture of the past with that of the present. King Johns Castle opens the piece with a hymn-like tribute to the might and grandeur of days gone by at the once embattled and now peaceful landmark. Every year bands from across the world converge on Limericks International Band Festival to celebrate all manner of musical styles, ensembles, and compositions. The Festival at Limerick is a joyous ride through the modern city that bustles with activity, but never loses sight of its proud heritage. For more on this piece click on the composer's name above.