Drum Corps International to perform at Baldwin HS Stadium

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

They don't miss a beat.

Members of the Drum Corps International dedicate the summer to practicing and performing all over the country.

Seven drum corps of the world class division will take over Baldwin High School Stadium on Aug. 4.

“Their entire summer is practice and perform,” said Jerry Pantone, event chairman. “They have roughly 40 events throughout the summer. That's some dedication.”

Each year, Baldwin Highlanders Marching Band Director Greg Steele uses the event to teach lessons to the 120 members of Baldwin's marching band.

Each member receives free admission to the event and instructions from Steele to take note of certain steps.

“It's a great opportunity to show our kids what we aspire to be,” Steele said. “We use a similar march and it shows them the music they should be striving for. It's an impressive and powerful thing to see.”

Seven of 23 corps will compete in the Three Rivers Summer Music Games at Baldwin High School Stadium at 7 p.m. in preparation for World Championships on Aug. 10 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Only the top 12 corps will move on to compete.

The drum and bugle corps are audition-only groups made up of 150 high school and college students who perform choreographed musical shows. Drum Corps International is a nonprofit group.

“You have groups of dedicated musicians that have spent the last two months of their lives doing nothing but music,” Steele said. “The range of emotions that you'll hear in a show is outstanding. No matter the audience's musical (preferences), they'll be affected by the DCI.”

The event program includes Cascades, of Seattle; Troopers, of Casper, Wyo.; Blue Stars, of La Crosse, Wis.; Crossmen, of San Antonio, Texas; Blue Knights, of Denver; Spirit of Atlanta, of Atlanta; and Boston Crusaders, of Boston.

All proceeds from the performance will benefit the Baldwin Highlanders Marching Band. The Highlanders will begin their two-week band camp on Aug. 5. They will use the DCI performance at Baldwin High School as a reference point, Steele said. “I want them to look for things like the back step and straight lines,” he said.

Tickets range from $20 to $40 and can be purchased through the Baldwin Highlander Music Patrons. Visit bwmusic.net for more information about the band or Drum Corps International event.

Brittany Goncar is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or bgoncar@tribweb.com.

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