National Drum & Bugle Corps Competition in Sacramento
Drum & Bugle Corps From Around The U.S. To Compete In National Competition In Sacramento
On Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 5:30PM, Drum and Bugle Corps from around the country will gather at Hughes Stadium (at Sacramento City College) to compete in the 37th Annual Moonlight Classic, presented by S.O.M.E. (Sponsors of Musical Enrichment) (Gates open at 4:00)
For the uninitiated, this event, 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 corps 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:
The Academy – Tempe, Arizona
Blue Devils – Concord, CA (17 time national champs)
Blue Devils B – Concord, CA (4 time national champs)
Blue Devils C – Concord, CA
Blue Knights – Denver, CO
Golden Empire – Bakersfield, CA
Madison Scouts – Madison, WI (2 time national champs)
Mandarins – Sacramento (8 time national champs)
Pacific Crest – Diamond Bar, CA
Santa Clara Vanguard – Santa Clara, CA (6 times national champs)
Vanguard Cadets – Santa Clara, CA (4 time national champs)
The popular food trucks and souvenir booths will also be on site during the program.
Tickets can be purchased at the S.O.M.E. web site. someinc.com (Or at the Sac City College ticket booth starting at 2:30pm on June 25th)
General admission is $25. (Reserved seating available online — $35)
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 $3,000,000 has been granted to deserving groups and individuals.