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Ireland for Spring Break

February 26, 2016

In just under two weeks the Monmouth College Wind Ensemble will take off for a tour of Ireland. This is the group’s first international trip since they went to Italy five years ago. Band director Matt Wanken and the students going cannot wait to learn about the culture of Ireland, as well as perform their music in some of the most beautiful places on earth. The group is going to a number of famous Irish places including Blarney Castle, Dublin and The Cliffs of Moher.

Thomas McCoy, first chair French horn player and Vice President of the Wind Ensemble said, “I am excited for Ireland because it is a good opportunity to perform at larger venues than we are used to.”

One of these venues is Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin. This Church has stood the test of time since its construction in 1030. These historic places provide a venue for the Wind Ensemble to learn the history of a new country, and leave their own lasting impression in Ireland.

Sean Klink, first chair trumpet player, said, “This is my first time traveling abroad. I am excited to experience it with my friends.” The trip will be a good bonding experience for many of the members of the Wind Ensemble. Marian Hjelmgren, clarinet player and President of the Wind Ensemble, said, “Wind Ensemble is a wonderful atmosphere to grow friendships through necessary teamwork and it strengthens emotional ties by allowing us to make music together.”

Several members of the ensemble have been meeting in a quarter-credit class twice a week to do further research on the country before the group leaves. The group leaves Saturday, March 5 and is thrilled at the opportunity to represent Monmouth College on an international level.

McCoy added that this tour is also a good way to get Monmouth’s name out to a wider audience. The ensemble has been growing in ability since their last international tour, and this is a whole new part of the college’s music program to showcase to the rest of the world.

Timothy Yates
Staff Writer

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