Royals jet-setting to Europe for world competition

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
July 15, 2017 - 6:00am Updated: July 20, 2017 - 1:11pm

The Red Deer Royals are packing their bags for the Netherlands.

Eighty-three members plus chaperones will be flying to Kerkrade next week for the 2017 World Music Competition.

Vice-President Martin Rheaume says they fly over on the 20th and have a couple days to acclimatize before showing the world what they’ve got on Sunday.

"We've been counting down for like forever now. The kids have put so much work, effort and focus into their show, they've been improving exponentially, so they're quite pumped, nervous of course and excited. We as the chaperones are super excited for them,” he says.

Their performance at the competition included, the Royals will spend a total of 11 days performing 11 times through Germany, Belgium and then again in the Netherlands to wrap things up.

“For a few it is their last trip, for some it's their first of hopefully many more to come. It's an experience of a lifetime for sure because they're in a part of the world that hopefully they'll be able to go back to someday,” Rheaume adds. “They'll get to see new everything and perform for people who thoroughly enjoy coming out to see showbands.”

The Royals are also coming off a few days in Calgary spent performing for Stampede-goers, earning a second place finish at the Showbands Live event.

The Royals will be providing a blog during their trip to Europe. You can follow the organization on Facebook for updates.

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