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March 6, 2013
What could be better than celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Dublin? Simple: Cheering for the green-clad CSU marching band while celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Dublin!
CSU’s renowned band will be marching through the streets of Dublin, Ireland, on March 17 as part of the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Festival Parade.
This will be the first international appearance for the CSU ensemble, which has gained a reputation as one of the finest marching bands in the United States.
“What an absolutely exciting opportunity,” said band director Richard Frey. “We are thrilled to be the public face of CSU, Colorado, and the United States, all the way over in Dublin.”
More than 650,000 parade-goers from around the world are expected to line Dublin’s streets, getting an up-close look as 225 Rams strut their stuff. Over 1.2 million people are expected to enjoy the four-day St. Patrick's Festival.
“This is an opportunity of a lifetime,” said senior drum major Luke Contreras. “Being able to represent the Green and Gold in Ireland has the entire ensemble excited, and is a testament to over 110 amazing years of music and marching by the CSU Marching Band.”
The eight-day trip includes a performance at Kilkenny Castle, plus trips to Blarney Castle, the Cliffs of Moher, Limerick and Galway, along with several days in Dublin. The traveling party returns March 22.
If you want to catch a sneak preview of the band’s performance, a sendoff party has been set for 5 p.m. Monday at the University Center for the Arts. The band will march around the UCA’s perimeter at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
To cover an unexpected increase in the costs associated with transporting large instruments, donations for the band’s trip are still being accepted. For more information, please visit the website or contact Jonathan Clifton at (970) 491-5120.