Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Band of the Irish Guards often performs for queen of England
Central Illinois concertgoers can get a taste of England when the Band of the Irish Guards performs Thursday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Sangamon Auditorium.
The ensemble is one of five British military bands that provide music for the changing of the guard outside Buckingham Palace, one of London’s most popular tourist attractions.
In a telephone interview, director of music Maj. Philip Shannon described it as “a real feast of pomp and pageantry.”
“If anybody has any ties with the old country, as we would call it” — Shannon said they’ve bumped into many people who do — “just to have that kind of connection with the music that their relatives and ancestors grew up with, we find that that’s very special.”
Article by Brian Mackey
The State Journal-Register