In 1927, the original incarnation of the Govenaires Drum and Bugle corps formed in St. Peter, Minnesota. About 1,800 miles away during that same time, a small district outside of Los Angeles was just beginning its golden era.
Many ventured out west for a different kind of fortune. In Hollywood, you didn’t just become famous. You became immortal. But making it to silver screen fame isn’t without its pitfalls...
This summer, the Govenaires will perform their 2013 production: Chasing Hollywood
The production begins with the "Prologue" from Cy Coleman’s City of Angels, a fast-paced number that sends you through the rat-race of trying to "make it". Once you see your name on the marquee and witness everyone clamoring for your attention, it’s hard not to live it "Sparkling Diamonds" from the movie musical Moulin Rouge celebrates the rewards of fame.
But the Hollywood high-life can get ugly fast. Musical moments from the classic film Sunset Boulevard show how nasty a tinsel-town downfall can get. Fame takes its toll, and can lead to loneliness and disappointment. The show transitions into one of the most gorgeous ballads that a drum corps can play: "Send in the Clowns" by Stephen Sondheim.
The final act in a Govenaires show, however, always ends big and loud. The corps closes with "Don’t Rain on my Parade" from the musical Funny Girl.
This summer, the Govenaires will bring plenty of drama. Just remember to bring popcorn.
If you’re interested in becoming a Govenaire, there are openings in every section. The next rehearsal dates are Feb. 16 and 17 at St. Peter High School. Saturday rehearsal runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday rehearsal goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.