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Drum Corps International competition returns to Baldwin High School

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By Laura Van Wert
Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, 1:14 p.m.
 

Flags soar through the air as lines of musicians move into formation along a football field.

That's just the visual aspect of a Drum Corps International competition, not to mention the wall of sound from the ensemble.

"It's really going to be an amazing musical and visual experience," said Greg Steele, Baldwin High School Marching Band director. "Anytime you see a drum corps you're in for a good show."

The Baldwin Highlander Music Patrons will host 2012 Drum Corps International competition on Sunday at 7 p.m. The show serves as the largest fundraiser for the music patrons, which supports the Baldwin High School Marching Band, but also shows the students a level of near-perfection to strive toward, Steele said.

"It's great to be able to show them, ‘this is what we strive to do,'" Steele said.

The competition will feature performances from eight national drum corps including the Mandarins, of Sacramento, Calif.; the Colts, of Dubuque, Iowa; the Crossmen, of San Antonio, Texas; the Glassmen, of Toledo, Ohio; the Troopers, of Casper, Wyo.; the Blue Stars, of LaCrosse, Wis.; Spirit of Atlanta, of the Georgia state capital; and the Madison Scouts, of the Wisconsin state capital.

The groups are comprised of college and high school brass and percussion musicians who spend the summer traveling around the country to compete against each other, Steele said.

"They are the best that you're going to find anywhere," said Jerry Pantone, chairman of the event. "It's a great role model for our band to see."

Baldwin High School Marching Band students will attend the competition to watch the shows, Steele said. The 120-member group begins a two-week band camp on Monday.

For more information on the Drum Corp International competition or the Baldwin High School Marching Band, go to http://bwmusic.net/hsband/index.htm.

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