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Imagine yourself standing in the middle of Jim Ball Stadium on Erie Community College South campus with 150 of the world’s most talented musical athletes, learning what it takes to perform at the highest level. On June 27, Western New York youth and adults alike will have the chance to do this and more with world-renowned drum corps, The Cadets.

“Music is Cool,” hosted by The Cadets, and presented by Drum Corps International in cooperation with Drums Along the Waterfront and Erie Community College, returns the finest in music and marching educational programming to Western New York. Participants will experience everything from warm-up to sectional rehearsal to a “show-and-tell session” with the corps.

“The Cadets were scheduled for an early to visit Orchard Park to utilize Ralph Wilson Stadium for rehearsal in preparation for the Drums Along the Waterfront - Tour of Champions competition on Aug. 5,” states Jack Gaylord Jr., president, Drums Along the Waterfront. “As they are known throughout the country for their educational programming, I asked corps Director George Hopkins if they would provide such an event for us while here. Western New York is extremely fortunate to have this opportunity to witness first-hand one of the world’s top drum corps. Music enthusiasts and fans will get a feel for what it takes to win 10 world championships and finish as one of the top five world corps year after year.”

The morning starts at 10 a.m. with registration followed by the day’s first activities beginning with the chance to join The Cadets warm-ups. Participants will be able to witness the corps in action as well as interact and perform with the drum corps members. Participants are encouraged to bring their Instruments and guard equipment for instruction and the ability to get a feel for what being a member of a world-class drum corps really feels like. The educational program will end with participants and corps members showing what they learned in a fun “show-and-tell” session, followed by a performance by The Cadets.

Admission to “Music is Cool” is free. Registration will take place at Building 6 on the campus of Erie Community College South in Orchard Park. Instructional materials will be provided by the corps. Participants should bring a lunch; the corps will provide a beverage and dessert. For more information visit: www. http://drumsalongthewaterfront.org/music-is-cool-2.

Post “Music is Cool,” the public is invited to follow The Cadets across the street as they utilize Ralph Wilson Stadium to rehearse from 6 to 10 p.m. for their future appearance at Drums Along the Waterfront’s Tour of Champions competition on the same field on Aug. 5. Parking in Lot A and entrance to the Stadium is free.

The “Music is Cool” program and post rehearsal is a prelude to the Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champions event featuring the top seven drum corps in the world in competition. Taking place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, the event is the final stop on a seven-city tour with the champion being crowned here. With 40 world championship titles among them, the participating corps include the Blue Devils of Concord, CA; Phantom Regiment of Rockford, IL; Santa Clara Vanguard of Santa Clara, CA; Carolina Crown of Fort Mill, SC; The Cadets of Allentown, PA; The Cavaliers of Rosemont, IL; and The Bluecoats of Canton, OH. For more information visit www.drumsalongthewaterfront.org.

The Cadets are one of the oldest and most honored corps in the drum corps activity. The corps is comprised of 150 members between the ages of 17 and 21. The Cadets objective is to develop personal character through challenging physical, emotional, mental and social activities while promoting the values of dedication, hard work and commitment to a team effort.

Drums Along the Waterfront, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is an educational, promotional and service arm of the youth drum and bugle corps activity in Western New York. DATW’s mission is to promote, develop and preserve the operation and artistic standards of the competitive musical sport, while organizing and providing leadership for the activity. For more information visit www.drumsalongthewaterfront.org.

Sponsorships opportunities for the upcoming events are still available, including corporate naming rights to the Aug. 5 event. For more information, please contact Gaylord at 867-1618 or jgaylord11@gmail.com.

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