Thursday, 03 March, 2011
The most engaging part of a football game halftime show, arguably, is the drumline, and no institution has so elevated show-style marching more than our Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The long-standing tradition of show marching has become a true sport of its own, with high-stepping musicians executing difficult dance steps and maintaining the funky beats of a very diverse repertoire of songs. Each performance includes the stirring "drum line face-off" where each band's percussion section "battles" for the top spot on the field. For the first time, the skill and tradition of show marching comes to the theatrical stage. Most performers are recent college graduates in their early to mid-twenties and hail from top HBCU schools including Florida A&M, Tennessee State, Southern University, Miles College, South Carolina State, Winston-Salem State, Morris Brown College and Norfolk State University. From DRUMLine Live!: "A glimpse into an American experience that many have never seen before; this historic tradition is alive with intensity."
Sponsored by the UT Cultural Attractions Committee.