Bronze for Irrawang High School's hard battling drum corps

Irrawang High School's Creative and Performing Arts students shone at the prestigious and competitive 2019 Australian Percussion Eisteddfod held in Sydney last Friday.

The school's senior drum corps placed third in Australia in the drumline battle and received a highly commended, in combination with the senior dance ensemble, in the "own choice" section of the eisteddfod. In this section, students were required performed six minutes of music with choreography.

Fifty-five students from Irrawang's CAPA faculty travelled to St Ignatius College on August 2 for the eisteddfod, which is shared around the states and territories each year.

Adele Robinsons, head teacher of Irrawang's CAPA faculty, said the event was a chance for students to "showcase our style of drumming".

This year, 12 drumlines from across Australia participated.

Irrawang took part in two of the three drumline events, which were judged by an panel of Australian and international musicians and performers.

In the drumline battle, described as "cutthroat", two drumlines compete against each other until only four drumlines remain.

Irrawang's senior drum corps battled its way through to the final four and placed third in Australia.

"So incredibly proud of our hard working students who managed this in a short period of time and Ms Robinson. They all shine so bright," the school said about the results.

"Four performances, including one of their own choice, [were] all outstanding. And in each, the students were having so much fun."

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