If you have a child in band, there’s one show coming to Bass Hall in Fort Worth, and you will not want to miss it!
DRUMLine Live, the show stopping production created by the musical team behind the hit movies, “Drumline” and “Drumline: A New Beat,” is hitting the road again with a new and dynamic show. With more music and an amplified cast, national and international audiences can get ready for a thrilling show that is sure to entertain the entire family. Drumline Live will hit Bass Hall in Fort Worth on Tuesday, January 31, at 7:30pm.
Presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth, DRUMLine Live will allow children and adults to experience the intense musical rollercoaster of a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) halftime show.
“I guarantee people have never seen a show like this before,” said Don P. Roberts, CEO of DRUMLine Live and Executive Band Consultant of “Drumline” and “Drumline: A New Beat.” “The cast of musicians and singers, led by an all-star group of percussionists, will perform extraordinary choreography that will have the audience on their feet, and dancing in the aisles, throughout the entire show.
The tradition of halftime shows began more than 50 years ago at schools such as Florida A&M, Southern, Grambling, Jackson State and Tennessee State Universities, which have long been considered the nation’s preeminent black college marching band schools. HBCU marching bands began, as most do, as support for the college football team. They have since grown into a sport of their own, featuring characteristic high-stepping, funky dance rhythms, and exciting musical repertoire ranging from classical to Top 40. Celebrations of HBCU marching bands culminate in competitions such as the Florida Classic, the Honda Battle of the Bands, and the Bayou Classic. These competitions, which draw audiences of roughly 60,000 fans each, are a testament to the popularity of the Historically Black College and University experience. But it is only recently, with movies such as Drumline, backed by a flurry of high profile marching band appearances, that this tradition has begun to capture the imagination of the American public and a worldwide audience.
The season will kick off in the United States in January 2017, followed by a Black History tour in the month of February, with additional tours across the USA, Japan and China throughout the remainder of the year.
Tickets are $33 – $66 and are on sale at the Bass Hall box office, by calling 817-212-4280 or online at www.basshall.com.