By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2011
The Cavaliers have won five of the past eight drum corps world championships and are always a crowd favorite.
It is one of the earliest images depicted in elementary school American history books and thus recognized by most Americans: three men marching across a battlefield, one playing the fife and the other two tapping on drums with Old Glory waving in the background. Drum corps have been a part of American tradition since the Revolutionary War – so it is fitting that in the patriotic month of July, area residents will be able to attend the Drums of Summer event. Held on Wednesday, July 20 at 7 p.m. in the Broken Arrow Memorial Stadium, this lively event is sure to inspire the spirit and rhythm of local hearts that have recently celebrated the birth of their country.
Attendees will be treated to explosions of sound and color as different corps march across the field, playing fantastic musical selections as flag and rifle corps perform dance drills around them. Each corps creates a fresh new show each year for the crowd’s entertainment. It is an event unlike any other, and is a culmination of spirit and hard work for those with a true passion for this art form.
The Drums of Summer event is part of a countrywide tour put on by Drum Corps International (DCI), an organization started over 30 years ago as a non-profit agency to give youth a creative outlet and to provide entertainment for audiences across the United States. The number of past and present corps members has grown to include over 250,000 people from over 15 countries, who are proud to have entertained over seven million people. The DCI is known as “Marching Music’s Major League” and the stop in Broken Arrow is just one along a competitive tour to the DCI Championships – which Darrin Davis, director of Broken Arrow Senior High School Band, calls “The Super Bowl for Drum and Bugle Corps.”
“This is as incredible of a lineup as we’ve ever had at our Drums of Summer event,” Darrin states. “Tulsa has a rich heritage with drum corps.
There is a great fan base here.” One particular corps that will be featured at this stop is The Cavaliers, described by Darrin as a crowd favorite. Pointing to the fact that they have won five of the last eight world championships, he feels it a true honor to be hosting a show in which they will be included.
In fact, Darrin is proud and excited about all the teams that will be featured this year, not just because of the quality show, but because of the true devotion within the hearts of the participants. “They travel all over in charter buses and sleep on gym floors,” Darrin says. “They really have a love for what they do.”
For more information about sponsors for this event or to purchase tickets, visit www.drumsofsummer.com.