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The Scecina Pipe and Drum Corps goes to Dublin (Ohio)

 

Members of the Scecina Pipe and Drum Corps at New Student Orientation

On a rainy, overcast weekend typical of Ireland, three musicians from Scecina’s Pipe and Drum Corps journeyed to Dublin, Ohio with their families to participate in the world’s largest Irish Heritage Festival. Included in the group were founding members Joseph (2015) and Eamon (2016) Hegarty and the corps' newest bass player AJ Gallagher (2018).

The boys spent two days at the festival learning about their Celtic heritage, experiencing demonstrations in artisanal woodworking, basket weaving and other traditional Irish hand crafts, and enjoying the sounds of musical group from across the globe.

For all three young men, the highlight of the event was the music. Eamon, the group's Pipe Major, was able to participate in demonstrations of a wide variety of bagpipes. Joseph and AJ, who provide percussion for the corps, were entertained by the vast array of drums, cymbals, chimes, and hand bells that add to the distinctive sound of Celtic music.

The centerpiece of this year’s Irishfest in Dublin was a concert given by world renowned Scottish band the Red Hot Chili Pipers. The ensemble, which features bag pipers, guitarists, drummers and keyboards, was formed in 2002, and blends traditional bagpiping standards with modern rock songs to create a musical fusion they have dubbed “bagrock”. Over the past twelve years they have released 5 studio albums, and have performed throughout Europe and North America. The desire of this unique and exciting musical group is “to bring bagrock to the masses.”

The energetic performances and eclectic sound of the Red Hot Chili Pipers is inspirational to the Crusader Pipe and Drum corps, who also play an assortment of time-honored Celtic standards, American military marches and popular rock selections by Ozzy Osbourne and Freddy Mercury.

The Scecina Pipe and Drum Corps was founded in the fall of 2012 by Eamon and Joseph Heagarty, with the help of their father John Hegarty, Scecina’s school principal. Eamon is the lead piper, and has been playing bagpipes since he was twelve years old. Joseph provides percussion on the snare drum. The brothers formed the group because they wanted to create something original to Scecina. There are no other high school corps in the Indianapolis area, and only one other group in the state of Indiana. Scecina senior Joseph Ritter joined the group in 2013. While he originally played bass drum, he now leads to the group as the drum major. The newest addition to the ensemble is freshman AJ Gallagher. He keeps time for the corps on the bass drum.

The Scecina Pipe and Drum Corps has performed recently at the Indianapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade, at the NCAA Woman’s Rowing Finals held at Eagle Creek State Park, and at the Indy Irish Fest where they were featured on WISH TV channel 8 news. Upcoming events for the group include marching in the Veteran’s Day Parade downtown in November and a command performance at the wedding of longtime Scecina coach Kyle Padgett in the spring of 2015.

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