Sounds On The Susquehanna Release
The power and pageantry of World Class Drum and Bugle Corps will be on display again this summer in the Southern Tier. The Sounds on the Susquehanna celebrates its 17th year with a spectacular show on Saturday, July 29th at Union-Endicott High School. The gates open at 6:30 and the first performance is scheduled to begin at 8:00PM.
“We are thrilled to be able to host another great drum corps show here in Broome County”, commented Dave Baker, the event organizer. “Every year for the past 16 years, we have brought some of the best field marching units in the world to Endicott to participate in our show, and this year is no exception.”
The 2006 Sounds on the Susquehanna features a lineup of six corps, highlighted by the top four units from 2005.
“We have a really amazing lineup this year,” commented Baker. “We usually have two of the top corps in our show, but this year we were fortunate enough to be able to schedule the top four corps from last year. For the spectators, this is almost like going to Championships. I am really excited about the lineup. This will be fun!!”
The evening will start at 7:30 with exhibitions from a pair of local brass and percussion groups. There will then be six (6) corps in competition from various areas in the North East. The performing groups are the White Sabers from Dansville, the Skyliners from New York, the Bushwackers from New Jersey, the Brigadiers from Syracuse, the Empire Statesmen from Rochester and the Reading Buccaneers.
Drum and Bugle Corps are field marching units that perform their music in complex, choreographed formations on a football field. Each corps can have a maximum of 128 marching members on the field, comprised of brass, drum, percussion and color guard personnel. The musical selections vary from classical to jazz to Broadway show tunes. A panel of 9 judges evaluates each performance and the results are tabulated to determine the “winner”.
“This should be a very exciting evening of music and motion”, Baker added. “There is a lot of corp pride on the line with this show and I expect the competition to be very intense.”
All seating for the event is reserved. Tickets are $15 each and are available at the gate the day of the show, or they can be purchased in advance at Frame to Please, 118 Washington Avenue in Endicott. For further information or to order tickets over the phone, call 607-754-0351. Information about the show and driving directions are available on-line at http://www.soundsonsus.org. Discounts are available for families with small children, for Senior Citizens and for groups of 20 or more.