Drummer leads beat at ceremony

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Waringstown drum expert Mark Wilson played a huge role in the opening ceremony of the World Police and Fire Games.

The skilled sticksman led the Titanic Drums during what was arguably the highlight of the opening ceremony at the King’s Hall as they performed alongside Voices of Ireland and Bernagh.

Dare to Dream’ composed especially for the World Police and Fire Games in Northern Ireland by John Anderson was a musical, vocal and dancing spectacular featuring the cream of local talent.

Mark was given the task of leading Titanic Drums and his drum solo at the world’s third largest sporting event was nothing short of breathtaking.

Mark, who began drumming when he was five, has long been an ambassador for Northern Ireland and its culture.

He has drummed for dignataries the world over and also toured the globe with epic musical On Eagle’s Wing.

Mark is one of the top pipe band and rudimental drummers in the world and has won over 30 major championships in both solo and corps playing.

Recently he had his own segment on BBC NI and Radio Ulster exploring the influence of the Ulster Scots in America.

He has recorded performed and toured with artists such as Aoife Ni Fhearraigh, Alyth McCormack, Phil Coulter, Peter Corry, Brian Kennedy, Van Morrison, The Ulster Orchestra and the RTE Concert Orchestra.

In 2004 he wrote, orchestrated and arranged a piece for the half time interval of the Ireland vs Scotland rugby match.