Drum Corps International returns to Jackson Liberty High School

JACKSON — Jackson Liberty High School, in conjunction with Drum Corps International, will host a drum corps show on July 6 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The show, “Drum Corps: An American Tradition,” will feature Carolina Crown from South Carolina, Boston Crusaders from Boston, Madison Scouts from Wisconsin, Crossmen from Texas, Jersey Surf, Raiders and Platinum.

“These corps are considered ‘world class’ by Drum Corps International and are some of the best around,” said Scott Katona, the Jackson Liberty band director. “It is one of the most spectacular music events anyone can witness. Usually one would have to travel to a professional sports stadium to view these events, so having them at Jackson Liberty is a real treat for everyone.”

Each year more than 8,000 students audition for the fewer than 3,500 positions available in top-tier Drum Corps International member corps, according to a press release.

As a youth activity, competitive drum and bugle corps is an intense, choreographed musical experience staged on football stadium fields by students achieving high levels of excellence in performance.

Each organization has about 150 high school- and college-age members and will travel 12,500 miles this summer, performing before more than 300,000 fans. One of their stops this year will be Jackson Liberty High School, 125 North Hope Chapel Road, Jackson.

The Jackson Liberty Band Parents Association is inviting everyone to attend the July 6 event. The band parents said the event will appeal to children who play musical instruments, are interested in drumming, or who take dance lessons.

The Jackson Liberty High School band will receive a portion of the ticket sales they sell. Tickets start at $15 for adults, with children 6 and under free. For tickets, contact president@libertylionband.com or libertybandweb@aol.com.