Paige Walsh, a current second year Sport and Exercise Sciences student, has recently won the Drum Corps European Championship, which was held in Amsterdam.
Drum Corps, which initially originated from the American military, is a musical marching unit, similar to a marching band. It consists of brass and percussion instruments as well as colour guard (dancers). Paige, who is a Colour Guard Dancer in the Corps has been training since she was 12 years old. Performances usually last between 8 and 12 minutes and competitions are held all over the world.
Although the European Championships were held in the Netherlands, Paige and her group, The Performance Ensemble, were initially based in Vorst, Belgium for rehearsal where they trained for up to 10 hours per day to perfect their routine. They then travelled to Amsterdam for the preliminary event where the group gained a respectable third place. However, in the finals the group scored a fantastic 89.95 out of 100 beating second place by 0.85 points and winning the event.
Paige said “I am extremely proud to have won this competition as our group have trained really hard over the last few months to achieve this prestigious award. It was also really brilliant to go to Amsterdam and compete against the best Drum Corp groups in Europe and I still can’t believe we won. In the Drum and Corp world it is quite a big deal”.
In the future, Paige hopes to compete at international level, “I am planning to go to America to compete in Drum Corps International with one of the top 3 Corps in the world”.