University of Southern Mississippi Performs Thriller, Crowned Winner At International Band Parade

Sources: Independent.ie – By Kathryn Hayes | All Things Michael

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More than 40,000 people gathered for the International Band Parade, which saw musicians from across the world perform on the streets of Limerick.

Always a highlight of the St Patrick’s Day festivities, this year’s event saw the University of Southern Mississippi crowned overall winners.

The final performance of the day, the 160-strong band proved they were certainly worth the wait as they enthralled spectators with a rousing version of Michael Jackson’s classic hit ‘Thriller’.

Band members put down their instruments to join in with majorettes and flag bearers as they performed a colourful routine for judges on the review stand.

A total of 24 marching bands featuring 1,100 musicians from across Ireland, Europe and the USA performed in yesterday’s 45th annual International Band Parade.

There was a warm reception for 83-year-old Sammy Benson’s Brass and Reed band from Limerick, while The Redemptorist Centre of Music Concert Band from Limerick won the title of best local band.

The Charlotte High School band, who had travelled from the USA, were named Best International Band.

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