DRUMLine Live in Lancaster
Southern style band performance
LANCASTER, Calif.—This weekend the Antelope Valley is in for a musical treat. DRUMLine Live, a 37-member band, complete with musical tricks, dances, beats, and attitude and hailing from Atlanta, Ga., will perform at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.
Comprised of professional musicians who have marched in bands in college, DRUMLine Live mimics a full 200-plus piece band with dancing, singing, musicians and dancers. The band’s performance will feature precision marching accompanied by the smooth sounds of classic R&B soul and some of the funky sounds of today’s Hip-Hop.
“We want a thriving theatrical production, (to) make this as big as possible,” said Reggie Brayon, DRUMLine Live producer. “’Circus Ole’ is our model … we want to have this show (roll) out across the country and the world; we want it to go to Broadway at some point.”
The group recently returned from touring in Japan and is now making its way across the country, giving the West Coast a little taste of the South.
Four years ago, the group was created in the wake of “Drumline,” the movie. Brayon and his fellow producers thought it was a good time to show the world up close in person the wonders of Black college bands.
“The concept came from the director (of ‘Drumline’) and two other producers. We thought, ‘Let’s put it on stage and allow people to see it live,” Brayon said.
In 2008, the group went on their first tour; this is their second.
So far, so good, says Brayon. Audiences adore the band members and enjoy the performance. According to the producer, there is plenty of audience participation and great music to get everyone involved.
While the DRUMLine Live is all about putting smiles on faces, the group is also dedicated to exposing and inspiring people to appreciate the arts.
“Music is so instrumental in the growth of the individual,” he said. “Discipline and structure are a part of making music. We all have to understand that (music) is so alive everyday, but we take it for granted; we are missing a critical part of our life, if we take it for granted.”
Brayon is passionate about music and hopes the musical ingenuity the group brings to the world will help save music in schools and inspire young people to not only be listeners, but participants in the art of music making.
Those interested in becoming part of the DRUMLine Live can visit www.drumlinelive.com.
LANCASTER, Calif.—Sunday night, the Lancaster Performing Arts Center was packed with residents from all over the Antelope Valley there to enjoy the thunderous sounds of DRUMLine Live.
The multi-talented group of dancers, singers, instrumentalists, and performers hailing from Atlanta, Ga. got the crowd dancing, clapping and singing along. From the beautiful sounds of Africa to today’s modern Hip-Hop, DRUMLine Live took Lancaster on a journey through music.
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The investigation started after “the college reported the embezzlement in 2010 discrepancies in their accounting,” Panis said.
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