Band members are striking up some musical success

Warwick boys Dominic Andersen-Strudwick and Jacob Chalk are off around the world to participate in band championships.
Warwick boys Dominic Andersen-Strudwick and Jacob Chalk are off around the world to participate in band championships. Georja Ryan

THIS year, two of our local boys will be off to opposite sides of the world to compete in pipe band championships.

Dominic Andersen-Strudwick, 15, is off to Loon Mountain in New Hampshire in September where he will not only perform with a band of 80, but will also be part of a Guinness World Record attempt.

"We're going to try and get the most drum majors on parade in one location," Dominic said.

At the United States Drum Major Championships, Dominic will perform alongside other musicians from all corners of the globe including Europe, Malta, the US and more.

"Being a part of the team, they mainly perform in Europe so, it will be so good to actually be over there with them all," he said.

Dominic has been the national drum majoring champion for the past two consecutive (bi-annual) years and said he couldn't wait to get among the buzz.

He has been training hard with his tutor in Scotland who teaches him via Skype, and feels he will be ready to wow audiences in September.

But Dominic isn't the only one flitting off around the world to showcase his talent. Jacob Chalk, 13, will head over to Timaru in the south island of New Zealand next month where he will compete in the New Zealand Championships.

Jacob plays the snare drum and will play with the Canterbury Caledonian Royal Stewart Pipe Band Grade 3.

Having met the championship stage many times before, Jacob is no stranger to playing for the masses but said he was most excited to be performing with a band he had not played with before.

He too has been training every day with his tutor in Christchurch James Laughlin, via Skype, and here in Warwick with Alexander Manfield.

The two Warwick boys are set to do the Rose City proud.



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