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Show: This Place Called Ireland

  • Our Homeland
  • The Irish Spirit
  • Tragic Legacy
  • Celtic Pride

The good: When Pioneer does Irish, they entertain. This year is no exception. While the music is "original", it still contains many familiar Irish melodies and, therefore, is easily accessible by any fan. The hornline has a great sound when they play full out and the drumline is agressive. I really love the drum solo, gets my Irish up in a good way (and I'm Polish).

The bad: Attacks and releases. I expect it in the lower tier of Division I so it doesn't bother me, but the hornline and drumline have to clean up it's technique if they wish the corps to move up. The hornline also has to play better at softer volumes. Softer does not mean more timid.

The ugly: The hornline does some body movement (leg kicks and knee bends) which kill the hornline sound and technique. Might want to hold off on that until the corps gets better body awareness.

Overall: This show is a great step up from last year. The corps is showing strength and maturity which they can build on and continue their climb back up the ranks of Division I. I'm looking forward to next year!

Website: http://www.pioneer-corps.org/

2006 Auditions: November 16-18

Category:Reviews -- posted at: 9:56am EDT