Music City Legend’s “Initial Public Offering” (IPO)
Music City Legend, Tennessee’s first and only “allage” drum and bugle corps, will hold a public rehearsal, followed by a full performance of portions of their 2006 competitive repertoire on Sunday, April 9th, in the band shell at Centennial Park. The rehearsal begins at 11:00 AM. The performances, which will showcase all elements of the organization – percussion, brass, and colorguard – will begin at about 2:15 PM and will be the culmination of the corps’ regular Saturday’s rehearsal at Goodpasture Christian Academy in Madison and the morning session in the park.
This will be Music City Legend’s first public performance of the year. Founded in the fall of 2003, Music City Legend is preparing for its third full season of operation and has grown in size and competitive stature. As a “mini-corps” with 21 members in 2004, “MCL” placed fifth at the Drum Corps Associates World Championship in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Successful efforts in recruiting allowed the corps to advance to “Class A” field competition with nearly 60 members, placing fourth at last year’s championship, where the corps’ garnered an award as the best brass line in the nation. Another growth spurt this past winter appears to have bumped them up over the 65 member “Class A” limit, and the corps is poised to move into “Open Class” competition, the largest category among “all-age” corps.
Modern drum and bugle corps differ from bands in impact, style and instrumentation with specialized bell front instruments and no woodwinds, but may perform all types of music, from the classics to opera to folk, and everything in between. Music City Legend’s 2006 musical repertoire, a production entitled Time for a Change, features jazz with the music of Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, and Hank Levy, and is a radical departure from last year’s program which featured a Gregorian chant, gospel, and traditional sacred music. It is expected that this diverse program will continue to build on the corps’ past musical success.
The corps has appeared in Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Illinois. This year’s summer tour could add Minnesota, Indiana, and Virginia to that list. The season ends Labor Day weekend at the DCA World Championship in Rochester, New York. Members of Music City Legend Drum and Bugle Corps are amateur performers ranging in age from 16 to 55 and predominately from the greater Nashville area and middle Tennessee. However, some members travel from as far away as Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana to participate in the corps’ activities.
Further information is available on the corps’ web site at www.musiccitylegend.org.