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This Staff Pick comes from Larae in Marketing

Posted by:  Kimmel Center on October 11, 2011

This Staff Pick comes from Larae in Marketing.

Precision, strong technique and funky…these were my first thoughts upon experiencing my first Historically Black College & University (HBCU) drumline. A drumline is a section of percussion instruments usually played as part of a musical marching ensemble… but more importantly it’s the heartbeat, the soul of a band. Drumline live takes this soul and expands it to all of its instrument parts. As a 1999 graduate from North Carolina Central University, I remember clearly dancing and cheering at football games, no not for the team but for the Drumline.

My schools band and the opposing team band would battle, calling and answering (instrumentally) throughout the game, all leading up to the half time show down, the performance where the winner claimed bragging rights until both sides met again. Get up to get a drink, no way do THAT during the first half, get your pom poms ready….YOUR band has taken the field..

Drumline Live takes me back there……high stepping, majorettes, hip-hop dancing, and modern hits performed with an instrumental flair (imagine Poker Face played from a section of Tubas).

If you’ve never seen this cultural treasure, think of the bands Earth Wind & Fire, Sly and the Family Stone, Gwen Stefani’s holla back girl video, Fergie’s incessant beat in London Bridges, the driving sound of Beyonce’s Who Run The World all mixed into one evening, performed by musicians whose dance moves match their talent for performing their instruments. I am HYPE, I can’t wait for October 25! I hope to see you at the show (I’ll be the one dancing in the aisle).

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