By Ruth Ann Replogle
Don’t let the heat get you down. Let Southwind coolly impress you.
Southwind returns to Enid along with The Cadets, Phantom Regiment, Esperanza, Blue Stars and Colt Cadets in the fifth annual Bob Costello Festival of Drum Corps.
The festival, which is part of Drum Corps International’s Summer Music Games, is 7 p.m. Monday at D. Bruce Selby Stadium, 725 W. Iowa. Gates open at 6, and parking is on the southeast corner of Enid High School, near the old tennis courts.
The Cadets, of Allentown, Pa.; Phantom Regiment, of Rockford, Ill.; Esperanza, of San Diego; Blue Stars, of LaCrosse, Wis.; and Southwind, of Lexington, Ky., are all Division I corps, while Colt Cadets, of Dubuque, Iowa, are Division II. The distinction is based on stability and strength.
The audience can expect a brilliant show of snazzy bugle players and well-dressed drum lines, many of which are coming to town following southwest regional championships in San Antonio.
“We’re going to be the first show out of San Antonio,” said spokesman Glenn Watson. “They’re primed up. End of July they’re marching 20 points better. It’s a polished show.”
General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children. They can be purchased at Brook Mays Music, 2013 W. Garriott, or at the gate, starting at noon Monday. For reserved seating, which is $20, call (580) 554-2352 or go online at www.bigblue-band.net.
Bob Costello Festival of Drum Corps is sponsored by Enid High’s Big Blue Band as the band’s foremost fundraiser.
“Net proceeds go to the band. The cost of the program varies from year to year. After all the bills are paid, we make enough to make it worth it. It’s a good fundraiser,” Watson said. He said the festival also is a great way to teach and reach band students.
“It’s good for all the area band students. After the first year, I could see a marked improvement in our band,” Watson said.
The Cadets will host a free clinic for ticket holders at 4 p.m. Monday at the stadium. It lasts about an hour, and members will talk with and demonstrate for students.
For a preview of the festival, people are welcome to visit the drum corps Monday morning during their practice sessions at area high schools.
“People can go to the venues and check them out,” Watson said. “It’s good for them (the schools). It’s good for us. We couldn’t do it without them.”
• The Cadets will be staying at Enid High School. Their repertoire is “Vol. 2: Through The Looking Glass,” featuring the story of Dani, a schoolgirl who goes through a dramatic transformation while in a wonderland.
• Esperanza will be staying at Chisholm High School. Their repertoire is “Chakra,” a colorful musical presentation about the seven energy centers spinning within the body.
• Southwind will be staying at Waller Junior High School. Their repertoire is “Duality,” a program inspired by Francis Lucille’s quote, “Enlightenment is the sudden recognition that non-duality is, has always been, and will always be the reality of our experience. Duality is an illusion.”
• Blue Stars will be staying at Pond Creek schools. Their repertoire is “The Gift Of Freedom,” honoring the five freedoms with patriotic selections, such as “America the Beautiful.”
• Colt Cadets, the youngest drum corps with students ages 9 to 17, will be staying at Waukomis High School. Their repertoire is “Criminal Mischief!” Tunes include crime-fighting soundtracks from “Dragnet,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Carmen Sandiego” and more.
The only drum corps not staying locally is Phantom Regiment. They will be traveling from Conway Springs, Kan., in time for the show. Their repertoire is “Faust,” a story of good and evil, with the music representing the title character as he makes a deal with the devil to sell his soul for earthly gain.
For more information about Bob Costello Festival of Drum Corps or Drum Corps International, go online at www.big-blueband.net or www.dci.org.
By Ruth Ann Replogle
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