Inbhear Mor Ensem­ble are a big hit on US tour

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By EIMEAR DODD

A Wick­low group has be­come the first Ir­ish band to per­form at a pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional event in the United States.

Ark­low’s Inbhear Mór Per­for­mance Ensem­ble have re­cently re­turned from com­pet­ing at the Drum Corps In­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion as part of their 13-day tour of sev­eral Amer­i­can cities. Around 40 peo­ple in­clud­ing sup­port­ers and par­ents made the jour­ney across the At­lantic for the group’s his­toric trip.

The march­ing and per­form­ing arts group were the first Ir­ish Drum Corps to take part in this Drum Corps In­ter­na­tional event. The ensem­ble spent four days in In­di­anapo­lis where they per­formed their 2019 pro­duc­tion ‘Rhap­sody: A Bo­hemian Life’ at the com­pe­ti­tion. They also per­formed two shows at the SoundS­port In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val which takes place along­side the Drum Corps In­ter­na­tional event.

The Ark­low band com­peted along­side teams from the United States, Canada, Costa Rica and Columbia. The Inbhear Mór Per­for­mance Ensem­ble’s show was very well-re­ceived and they placed sev­enth out of the 12 units in their class, scor­ing an im­pres­sive 84.00 which earned the group a sil­ver rat­ing.

The com­pe­ti­tion was con­sid­ered to be a re­sound­ing suc­cess for the ensem­ble who earned a host of new fans across the pond. The Inbhear Mór Ensem­ble were also pre­sented with a spe­cial recog­ni­tion award from Drum Corp In­ter­na­tional for Out­stand­ing Per­for­mance. This was to recog­nise the achieve­ment of being the first Ir­ish Drum Corps to per­form at the event.

Dur­ing the tour, the band per­formed two shows at the city of Mar­ion at the Wild­cat Sta­dium of In­di­ana’s Wes­leyan Univer­sity.

At the end of the tour, the group had two free days to ex­plore the city of Chicago be­fore re­turn­ing home.

Speak­ing to the Wick­low Peo­ple, the ensem­ble’s man­ager Oisin Mol­loy said, ‘it was great. Once it was done, we wanted to do it again. The trip went re­ally well. Our mu­si­cians learnt so much from the ex­pe­ri­ence.’

The band played to au­di­ences num­ber­ing in the thou­sands dur­ing their time in the United States. The Inbhear Mór Per­for­mance Ensem­ble ex­pressed their sin­cere thanks to the lo­cal busi­nesses and peo­ple of Ark­low for their great sup­port for this tour.

The com­pet­i­tive sea­son is not over yet for the Ark­low group. At the end of Septem­ber, they will travel to the Nether­lands for the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships.

The band will start classes for new mem­bers in Oc­to­ber. Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing the ensem­ble can email inbhear­[email protected] for more in­for­ma­tion.

The Inbhear Mór Per­for­mance Ensem­ble dur­ing their time at the Drum Corps In­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in the United States.

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