27 June 2007
JSU's Spirit Competing in 2007 Drum Beauty Show
Pounding Horns and Drums;
2007 Drum Beauty Set for this Sunday at SAHS
Reprinted here in its entirety.
Stillwater, Minnesota - Shortly before bringing the first festival of drum and
bugle corps to town in 1956, the local Jaycees realized they still
needed a name for the event.
story goes that a group of organizers had trouble summing up a
celebration of marching, music and precise movement until they passed
by a liquor store and spotted a bottle of "Drambuie" scotch.
And so the similar-sounding, and nearly as intoxicating, "Drum Beauty" was born.
51st anniversary of Drum Beauty's debut will begin at 7 p.m. this
Sunday, July 1. Eight drum and bugle corps will take the field,
including Wisconsin's Madison Scouts and California's Santa Clara
Vanguard, both former Drum Corps International World Champions.
an opportunity to sit and watch the best music marching organizations
in the country," said Scott Wild, one of the show's producers. "They're
outstanding musicians - great visual entertainment."
has ties to the Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps, which will
perform again this year at Drum Beauty. Other groups competing include
Chops, hailing from East Bethel, the Govenaires from St. Peter, Pacific
Crest from Diamond Bar, Calif., Southwind of Lexington, Ky., and
Spirit, from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala.
When taking a seat at Pony Stadium, Wild suggested taking the high road rather than the first row.
"The higher you are, the better chance you have to look down on the drill patterns," he said.
the Jaycees originally planned the event many years ago, St. Croix
Events took over in 1975. For St. Croix Events President Dave Eckberg,
Drum Beauty brings a bit of the past back to the area.
late 1950s, the bands would come to town and stay with host families.
Eckberg still remembers when the Preston Scout House band from Ontario,
Canada stayed with a family on his block. The memories of watching the
booming drums and lush outfits as a 7-year-old still linger in his mind.
was the highlight of the summer," he recalled. "The pageantry and the
power of the horn lines and the precisions; it's just cooler than hell
and it gets me every time I see it."
The Madison Scouts and
Santa Clara Vanguard are a major draw, Eckberg said, adding that the
Scouts are known for their marching prowess and powerful horn section,
while the Vanguard show involves multi-tempo arrangements and
But not to be outdone, St. Paul's Minnesota Brass features music from rock legends The Who.
very, very intense activity; it's tremendous pageantry," Eckberg said.
"It continues to be a great event and still highly entertaining."
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