Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps Performs in Falls | Local news


A free Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps performance will be held on Sunday at Niagara Falls High School Football Stadium at 4455 Porter Road. An open rehearsal will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a special performance at 4 p.m.

Founded in 1976, Spirit of Atlanta quickly rose to drumming corps notoriety with a sixth place finish in only the corps’ second season. Known in their founding years for their massive brass sounds and performances, evoking the soulful and sultry personality of their southern hometown region, the group has won a place in the World Championship Finals of Drum Corps International 20 times since 1978.

“While our annual Drums Along the Waterfront (DATW) event is suspended for a second year due to pandemic concerns, we’re excited to bring a taste of DCI to Western New York to fill the void for the activity’s avid fan base.” said event organizer Jack Gaylord Jr. “In addition to rehearsing and performing, Spirit of Atlanta’s Drum Line will also be featured in a special stage performance on Sunday at 1pm at Ted Reinhardt’s Western New York Drumming Festival at Old Man River, 375 Niagara St. participate in Tonwanda (see below). This event is also free and open to the public. “

Event organizers ask those in attendance to respect the social distancing of members of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps, who, according to Gaylord, are traveling in a “COVID bubble”.

Drum Corps International has a longstanding relationship with the Niagara Falls School District, which previously hosted the World Champion Cavaliers of Rosemont, Illinois while participating in Drums Along the Waterfront in WNY. In 2019, the district also hosted the “Rhythm at the Rapids” drum corps competition, which featured the top corps of the Open Class Division.

For more information on the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps, visit spiritofatlanta.org.

Drum Festival on Sunday

The Ted Reinhardt Western NY Drumming Festival will take place on Sunday from 12pm to 4pm in the Old Man River at 375 Niagara St., Tonawanda.

This event is free and open to all ages and musical experience levels. The charity event will benefit the Ted Reinhardt and Bruce Brucato Memorial Fund at Kenmore East High School. The fund awards $ 500 scholarships to seniors attending music college or a music-related field.

Local drummers are invited to set up their drum kits, congas and djembes on the street and play along with recorded tracks.

Both Reinhardt and Brucato are inducted members of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and have been highly respected musicians throughout the WNY music scene.

The day includes prize draws, a flea market for drummers and drum clinics, and a dealership area with products and services for dedicated musicians and drummers.

The Ted Reinhardt Western New York Drumming Festival is hoping to raise funds for the scholarship fund, as well as baby diapers, socks, underwear and clothing that can be brought to this event for WNY Drummers for Homeless People.

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