Thursday, July 27, 2000

Drums and bugles will battle here

Exuberant competition Sunday

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        FAIRFIELD — The resounding “rat-a-tat-tat” of some of the nation's best youth drum and bugle corps will be heard Sunday at the Fairfield High School stadium as the Tempo Club hosts the Summer Music Games.

        Eight corps, including Cincinnati Glory and the Bergenfeld, N.J. Cadets — who performed at the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics — will compete.

        The event is sanctioned by Drum Corp International.

        The teams are hoping to score a perfect 100, winding down the competition season that ends with championships Aug. 7-12 at the University of Maryland.

        It is the first time the event will be held in Fairfield, though this is the 16th year the booster organization has sponsored it. In past years it's been held at Nippert Stadium or Galbreath Field.

        “This is an opportunity for us to showcase Fairfield,” said parent Bruce Brown, contest director. “We're hoping to keep it in the community.”

        More than 150 band parents have volunteered for the event, including 50 just for concessions, the first time they will be offered. Former WKRC-TV news anchor Nick Clooney will serve as master of ceremonies for the event.

        “I know I need 1,500 cups just so the bands can have a drink of water after the grand finale with all the corps playing,” Mr. Brown said. “We've ordered 150 cases of pop and 150 cases of bottled water.”

        The goal is to sell out the 3,848 seats in the stadium, Mr. Brown said.

        Each group will perform an average of 11-12 minutes.

        The teams — most leaving from a Tennessee show Saturday — will begin arriving in Cincinnati early Sunday. They'll sleep on gymnasium floors at schools in New Richmond, Fairfield, Lawrenceburg, South Dearborn and Glen Este.


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