SoundSport and Irish Marching Band Association announce 2018 partnership

Drum Corps International’s SoundSport program and the Irish Marching Band Association (IMBA) are delighted to announce a range of exciting new ventures for 2018.

With the ever changing tide of activity and development, the IMBA council have been exploring new opportunities to broaden its activity in 2018 and beyond.

The first of these ventures is a very exciting strategic partnership with Drum Corps International. As part of this strategic partnership, the IMBA will be introducing the very popular SoundSport program as part of all 2018 indoor and outdoor events.

SoundSport® seeks to create a world class stage to enable a less time intensive, affordable, inclusive and enjoyable ensemble music making experience worldwide.

A program of Drum Corps International, SoundSport® is designed to provide unique performance opportunities for instrumental music ensembles of all types, in a dynamic environment. The goal is to assist in the creation of – and provide performance opportunities to – local, low cost and entertaining instrumental ensembles which provide a great experience for both the participants and the audience alike!

With four SoundSport events planned in Ireland for 2018 – this will open up the IMBA activity to a whole host of new musical ensembles from all across Ireland.

“We’re delighted to expand the SoundSport concept through this partnership with IMBA,” said John DeNovi, Drum Corps International’s Senior Director of Global Business Development. “SoundSport was created to allow groups of all shapes, sizes and instrumental configurations worldwide the opportunity to take their place on stage in a low-cost, low-barrier to entry marching music performance experience. We’re enthusiastic about the large and immediate potential for growth of the marching arts across Ireland.”

In addition to announcing their partnership with SoundSport, the IMBA announced two additional partnerships in a post to their official Facebook page.

Oisin Molloy, IMBA Chairperson stated… “As we move forward in an ever changing, fast paced world, we see the marching arts activity in Ireland changing all the time. We are very excited to launch these new partnerships, which will open up many new performance opportunities to our existing members and will also make the IMBA a more attractive performance space for new musical ensembles. We look forward to working closely with our new partners and welcoming new members to our association and moving the association forward.”

Article courtesy of IMBA
Release 1/17/2018

Author: Eric Hjellming

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