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The 33rd Annual Moonlight Classic, to be held on Sunday, June 24, 2012 at CSUS Hornet Stadium, from 6 to 10pm is the oldest continuing Drum & Bugle Corp show in the Western U.S. Gates open to the public at 4:30 p.m.
It’s been described as “marching bands on steroids.”
However you label it, this is not your father’s Drum and Bugle Corps.
11 Drum & Bugle Corps from around the United States will be competing in this S.O.M.E (Sponsors of Musical Enrichment) fundraising event, sanctioned by Drum Corps International.
Competing corps can include up to 150 youths, ages 8-21, comprised of marching percussion and brass, front ensemble, (vibraphones, marimbas and other percussion instruments) and color guard. The color guard component has evolved from merely carrying the flag to now include dance and prop equipment such as rifles, sabers and other specialty items.
Each 11 minute performance which can span the entire football field, will include all of these elements in a meticulously choreographed presentation which, in past competitions, has included spectacular visuals like a field of mirrors, giving the illusion of doubling the size of the corps…. to a full-on Spartacus inspired gladiator match. Military drill has graduated to big-time show biz, and the appreciative crowds, which are expected in the thousands, love the show.
Corps are judged on musical performance, general effect on the audience, color guard,
Tickets can be purchased at the S.O.M.E. web site. someinc.com (Or at the gate that night)
General admission is $20, VIP Seating is $30 and VIP Seating with Reception is $40.
S.O.M.E. The Sponsors of Musical Enrichment is a non-profit California corporation founded in 1978 for the purpose of supporting local youth music organizations and the performing arts on a continuing basis. Funds raised by this organization are reinvested in the local community. To date, over $2,500,000 has been granted to deserving groups and individuals.
Participating Drum Corps
-Blue Devils - Concord, CA -14 time national champions
-Blue Devils B - Concord, CA – 2 time national champions
- Blue Devils C - Concord, CA
- Blue Knights - Denver, CO
- Boston Crusaders - Boston, MA
- Mandarins - Sacramento, CA -8 time national champions
- Pacific Crest - Diamond Bar, CA
- Phantom Regiment - Rockford, IL – 2 time national champions
- Renegades - San Francisco, CA
- Santa Clara Vanguard - Santa Clara, CA-6 time nat’l champions
- Vanguard Cadets - Santa Clara, CA – 2 time national champions
The Phantom Regiment will be rehearsing on the field that afternoon, and the Phantom Regiment staff will be giving a short clinic for students between 3pm and 4:30pm. All for only $5!