Hastings drummers have brought home their fourth consecutive championship win at the Australian Percussion Eisteddfod.
St Agnes' Catholic Parish Secondary Schools Drumline, competing as the Port Macquarie Vanguard, took out their latest national title in the Optimum Percussion Australian Drumline Competition on Sunday, October 24.
They also took out 'Best Own Piece' and 'Best Snare Group', under the guidance of drumline coordinator Mark Spence.
"Current COVID restrictions meant the competition was both delayed and held via livestream, and despite numerous challenges throughout the year the members of the drumline and colour guard captured a performance that won the day with their technical dexterity, clarity, visual precision and impassioned presentation," Mr Spence said.
"It interprets the universal elements and myths of humanity through rhythm and movement, and is a tour de force of storytelling through modern marching percussion.
"The drumline also performed a test piece titled 'Shishkabob', which was written by adjudicator Julie Davila and performed by all of the division A drumlines, and was included in the final scoring tabulations."
This year's show was titled 'Across The Sky', an original piece written and visually arranged by Mr Spence.
"This year's competition was the closest yet with a very small margin separating the top three drum lines, and all performers and instructors should be commended on a job well done," Mr Spence said.
"In addition to being crowned Champion Drumline, the Port Macquarie Vanguard also earned the award for Best Snare Section in the caption awards.
"Members of the drumline and colour guard are rightfully proud and excited to capture a fourth consecutive national title, and are already hard at work on next year's show.
"Huge thanks to all the support that the leadership, teachers, and staff of St Joseph's Regional College, MacKillop College, and the entire St Agnes' Catholic Parish have shown the drumline over the years as well. This would not be possible without them."
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