Thursday, June 20, 2013

CSUS Hornet Stadium The Site of Nationally Acclaimed Drum & Bugle Corps Competition

Bang the drum slowly? Not hardly. Bang the drum firmly? Most likely. Band the drum with great precision? Most definitely!

With instruments in tow, Drum & Bugle Corp teams from around the country will compete at the 34th Annual Moonlight Classic. This year’s competition will be held at CSUS Hornet Stadium on Sunday, June 23rd, from 6 to 10p.m.

For the uninitiated, this non-profit event with thousands in attendance is the longest running of its kind in the Western United States, is a visual extravaganza of sight and sound. It’s often described as “marching bands on steroids.”

Competing corps can include up to 150 youths, ages 8-21, comprised of marching percussion and brass, front ensemble (vibraphones, marimbas and other percussion instruments) and color guard. The color guard component has evolved from merely carrying the flag to now include dance and props such as rifles, sabers and other specialty items.

Each 11 minute performance, which can span the entire football field, will include all of these elements in a meticulously choreographed presentation which, in past competitions, has included spectacular visuals like a field of mirrors, giving the illusion of doubling the size of the corps, full on Spartacus inspired gladiator match.

Other sense-dazzling performances have included a presentation of the Who’s rock opera Tommy, as well as a James Bond theme with the corp in tuxes, and a horse race, complete with track, accompanied by, what else, the William Tell Overture. Military drill has graduated to big-time show biz, and the appreciative crowds, which, like last year, are expected in the thousands, love the show!

Corps are judged on musical performance, general effect on the audience, and color guard.

Participating Drum Corps:
  • Blue Devils – Concord, CA (14 time national champs)
  • Blue Devils B – Concord, CA (2 time national champs)
  • Blue Devils C – Concord, CA
  • Blue Knights – Denver, CO
  • Carolina Crown – Ft. Mill, SC
  • Mandarins – Sacramento (8 time national champs)
  • Pacific Crest – Diamond Bar, CA
  • Santa Clara Vanguard – Santa Clara, CA (6 times natonal  champs)
  • Vanguard Cadets – Santa Clara, CA (2 time national champs)
General admission is $20, Reserved VIP Seating is $30.

Tickets can be purchased at the S.O.M.E. web site at, or at the gate that night.

About S.O.M.E.:   
The Sponsors of Musical Enrichment is a non-profit California corporation founded in 1978 for the purpose of supporting local youth music organizations and the performing arts on a continuing basis.  Funds raised by this organization are reinvested in the local community.  To date, over $2,500,000 has been granted to deserving groups and individuals.

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of S.O.M.E.

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