Drum Corps Return To Nashville Metro This Weekend
Music City Legend, the Mid-south’s only competitive, all-age drum and bugle corps, will host Music City Metal III, The Southern Drum Corps Showdown, its annual Drum Corps Associates (DCA) “all-age” drum corps contest this Saturday, August 1st, starting at 7:00 PM, at Antioch High School, 1900 Hobson Pike, in Antioch, Tennessee. The contest will feature five corps from DCA’s southern region and a newcomer to this year’s contest, the Lakeshoremen from Troy, Michigan, representing DCA’s central region. Their program, entitled Days of Future Past, based upon the music of famed rock group The Moody Blues.
Joining the Michigan contingent in Class “A” competition will be Shenandoah Sound of Manassas Park, Virginia, presenting their innovative program Shadows of Roswell. They have appeared in each of the first two Nashville-area contests hosted by Music City Legend. The Sun Devils, a new corps from North Port, Florida, joins the lineup this year following an impressive inaugural season in 2008. Their program, X, is based upon life on Earth in the year 2552.
The contest will also feature all three of DCA-South’s “Open” class corps. From Atlanta, Georgia, Alliance won the 2008 DCA Class “A” Championship and will make their DCA season debut with their repertoire Dynamo!, which they promise will be a program of sheer electricity! It will also be their first contest competing in this larger membership category. Also traveling from Atlanta, the seven-time DCA Finalist CorpsVets will make their third appearance at Music City Metal with their 2009 program, A Southern Suite, which features some of the South’s best-loved musical melodies. A perennial crowd favorite, the CorpsVets drum corps has been the region’s largest and most consistent performer throughout the decade.
Facing the challenge of the two Atlanta-based corps is the host for Saturday night’s event, Nashville’s own Music City Legend. Now in its fifth season of field competition, the corps has developed a reputation of producing a quality fan and family-friendly program based upon story-telling and character development through the marching medium. This year’s program, A Soldier’s Chronicle, is a musical depiction of a young man’s journey to the Army at the outbreak of World War II and his ultimate return home to his family and loved ones. It is based on the music of the Stan Kenton Orchestra.
Tickets to Music City Metal III, The Southern Drum Corps Showdown are $15 (VIP center section) and $10 and will be available at the Antioch High School field gate. Gates open at 6:00 PM. More information can be found online at http://www.musiccitylegend.org or call 615-691-1918.