The 14th annual Drums Along the Waterfront (DATW) will fill the skies over Western New York with thundering drum beats and beautiful brass rhythms on Sunday, August 8th at 5:30 p.m. at Ralph Wilson Stadium. This year’s show has the makings of being the best DATW in its history and is being billed by many within the drum corps international community as one of the best drum corps competitions in North America this year. In addition, for the first time the internationally renowned US Marine Drum and Bugle Corp will travel to WNY and make a special appearance in this year’s event. A tribute to area veterans and service members will coincide with the performance.
DATW will feature seven of the world’s best drum and bugle corps, including the world-renowned Blue Devils from Concord, California, who will make their second straight appearance at the competition after having such a great experience competing and winning the event last year. The famous corps has finished in the top five for the last 27 years in the world and has won the DCI World Championships, an unprecedented 13 times, and is the reigning 2009 World Champions. Billed as the best of the best in drum corps because of their consistent domination of the competitions, the Blue Devils will dazzle the crowed with their mastery of synchronized formations and their unparalleled musical talent.
Joining the Blue Devils at this year’s show is the acclaimed US Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, which is the only full time active duty drum corps in the United States Armed Forces. The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps consists of 85 active-duty Marines dressed in ceremonial red and white uniforms. Its origins date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Today the corps can be found touring the nation and participating in some of the country’s most prestigious parades.
“This year’s event is going to be a show stopper, featuring the best drum corps in the world competing in what has become one of the favorite stops on the Drum Corp International competitive tour,” states Jack Gaylord Jr., president, Drums Along the Waterfront Inc. “Besides having the world famous Blue Devils returning this year to defend their 2009 DATW title, for the first time the US Marine Drum and Bugle Corps will take part in the show and excite the crowd with their flawless performance and fill the stadium with pride and patriotism as they salute US veterans for their sacrifices.”
Other World class corps competing in the area’s only DCI sanctioned event include: top world title contender, Boston Crusaders (Boston, MA), Troopers (Casper, WY), The Academy (Tempe, AZ) and Cascades (Seattle, WA), Spirit (Atlanta GA) and Pioneer (Milwaukee, WI), In exhibition will be the Mighty St. Joe’s Alumni Corps (LeRoy, NY), Preston Scout House Alumni Corps (Preston, ON) ,The Toronto Optimists Alumni Corps (Toronto, ON), and the five time DCA Champion Empire Statesmen (Rochester, NY), which features three WNY residents and one University at Buffalo student.
Returning after rave reviews from its debut last year is Show Day with the Blue Devils, presented by the Blue Devils System Blue Live Events, which is a must attend special event for any drum corps enthusiast or area band member. Fans and musicians alike have an opportunity to attend the Blue Devil’s warm-ups, rehearsals, pre-show preparation and rituals and learn what it takes to perform at the highest level of the sport. Admission to Show Day with the Blue Devils is free with a DATW ticket and includes a Blue Devil gift, and dinner.
“Drums Along the Waterfront is one of the most competitive and entertaining drum corps competitions on our schedule every year, and this year’s show may be the best to date,” stated Dan Acheson, executive director, DCI. “One of the reasons why this event is one of the preeminent competitions of the year and one that all the best corps want to come to it is because of the amazing atmosphere of competing at Ralph Wilson Stadium and the incredible fans that come to the event every year.”
Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased at the Ralph Wilson Stadium Box Office or at any Ticketmaster.com location. If purchased in advance, ticket price is $22.00 for adults, $10.00 for children 12 and under, and $20.00 for students, military veterans and those 65 and older. Tickets are $25.00 for adults when purchased the day of the event. Discounts for large groups are available. Parking is free. For more information regarding the event, visit the DATW website.