I feel lucky: Marching Mizzou to perform at St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2024 in Ireland | Central Missouri News
COLOMBIA – Just two months after performing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Marching Mizzou announced Tuesday night that he had been invited to perform at the 2024 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland .
The band will also compete in the 2024 International Music Championship in Limerick, Ireland.
Marching Mizzou has previously visited Ireland in 2012 and 2016 but missed his opportunity in 2020 when it was postponed and then ultimately canceled due to COVID-19.
Dr Amy Knopps, Associate Director of Groups and Director of Sports Groups, said after the postponement she promised those members would have the opportunity to travel for the experience again in 2024.
Now Marching Mizzou’s band 138 will represent Dublin University next year.
The band discovered the trip during rehearsal on Tuesday night. Lacy Schoneboon, the band’s junior clarinetist, says that while she had suspicions before the announcement, it was still a happy moment.
“They all knew it was from her green shirt she was wearing,” she said. “But everyone was really excited and just static.”
The trip is offered to group members as part of a study abroad program. Students will therefore have to pay for their trip but may apply for financial aid. The trip in 2020 was estimated to be around $3,000, but with inflation, the group expects it to cost more next year.
Olin Guillotte, a freshman on drums, said he wasn’t worried about finances.
“I think now that I have understood my classes better, I also have a job compared to last semester, so I should be able to save some money by working there and applying for financial aid as well,” said he declared.
Knopp says she looks forward to the experience the students will have from the trip.
“You know, for some, they’ve never been outside the United States,” she said. “So here is an opportunity for them to travel again, overseas, to see a beautiful country and a beautiful culture and to share our gift of music and our program with this audience.”
The band said they look forward to returning to the “Emerald Isle” next year to represent the university, the University of Missouri School of Music and the United States.
The parade will take place on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2024. Additional details about the parade can be found here.