23 January 2013
Shayne O'Brien will be representing Ireland in DCI this year as a member of The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps. Shayne, from Clonmel - Ireland, is a member of Banna Chluain Meala, of which the 11-time Irish champions Clonmel Bluehawks are the marching division.
Shayne, who plays trumpet with the Bluehawks, will be part of the brass line for The Cadets 2013 production 'Both Sides Now'. He has secured a second trumpet spot. He auditioned initially by video, and then attended Cadets December camp. Shayne will have one more winter camp in April and then spring training starts on 15th May. The Cadets show for 2013 explores the music of 20th Century American Composer Samuel Barber, celebrated composer for orchestra, opera and voice, his most famous work being his 1936 composition 'Adagio for Strings'.
"It doesn't even feel real, I watched these guys all my life looking up to them thinking I would never be one of them and now here I am standing beside these people and getting fitted for my uniform, it feels so surreal", Shayne said. "It's the best feeling in the world, and I want to thank everyone that supported me with this." Shayne is the first Irish person to march DCI since many years.
Shayne has travelled to the UK to march with Kidsgrove Scouts in the past two years. The Irish Marching Band Association is proud of Shayne's achievement. "With both Irish and UK National championship medals under his belt, the IMBA wish Shayne every success stateside", Brendan Hoye of the IMBA said.