Lineup set for SoundSport International Music and Food Festival

The lineup is set for the SoundSport International Music and Food Festival on Saturday, August 12, which will help kick off the excitement of the final day of Drum Corps International’s 45th anniversary summer season.

With a star-studded lineup of SoundSport teams from across the United States and around the World including Canada, England and Colombia ready to perform, this second-annual event is slated to be bigger and better than ever before.

Beyond an exciting array of diverse musical talent, this year’s festival is stacked with a whole lot to offer — family-friendly entertainment and activities, eight of Indianapolis’ finest gourmet food trucks, and even a stop by the one and only Oscar Meyer Weinermobile.  All this and more will be surrounding the Pavilion at Pan Am venue in downtown Indianapolis.

With performances getting underway at 11 a.m. ET, get to know the SoundSport teams who will be taking the stage on Saturday:

11:00 a.m. — Green Beret Marching Band | Janesville, WI
With origins dating all the way back to the 1960s, the Green Beret Marching Band will make its debut at this summer’s SoundSport International Music and Food Festival. Representing the Janesville/Milton region of southern Wisconsin, the group has long offered youth ages 10 and up a variety of performance opportunities.

11:10 a.m. — Southeast Sound | New Albany, IN
Primarily supporting the athletic teams of Indiana University Southeast, New Albany-based Southeast Sound participated in last summer’s DrumLine Battle during the 2016 DCI World Championships in Indianapolis. This year the group is excited to extend its talents into the SoundSport arena.

11:20 a.m. — Star United | Indianapolis, IN
With many of its group members having ties to the former DCI World Champion Star of Indiana, the talented Star United has been a perennial powerhouse within the Drum Corps Associates competition circuit. The team has won DCA’s Mini Corps Championship in 10 of the last 11 years.

11:30 a.m. — The Rocketeers | Huntsville, AL
Performing with brass instruments exclusively in the key of G, the Rocketeers bring a traditional drum corps sound to the SoundSport mix. With an appearance at this July’s SoundSport event in Powder Springs, Georgia, the Huntsville, Alabama-based group will blast off to Indy this month for its inaugural trip to the SoundSport International Music and Food Festival.

11:40 a.m. — Sonus Brass Theater | Woodbridge, VA
A highly-decorated and well-traveled all-age SoundSport ensemble, Woodbridge, Virginia’s Sonus Brass Theater took home Best of Show honors at the 2015 SoundSport event hosted as part of the DCI Southeastern Championship in Atlanta. This year marks the group’s third trip to Indianapolis for the SoundSport festivities.

11:50 a.m. — LakeShoremen | Brownstown, MI
After a busy lineup of summertime performances throughout Michigan including an appearance at the Yale Bologna Festival Parade, LakeShoremen will cap off its summer season this coming week in Indianapolis. Active year-round, LakeShoremen also fields a successful WGI Sport of the Arts Winds group.

12:00 p.m. — The Surftones | Camden County, NJ
Making their first appearance at SoundSport’s Indianapolis showcase since the inaugural event back in 2013, The Surftones is made up of members of the World Class DCI corps Jersey Surf. In a unique twist to their 2017 production, look for the team to take the SoundSport stage performing exclusively on plastic brass instruments.

12:10 p.m. — Bishop Dwenger Saints | Fort Wayne, IN
With ties to Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Bishop Dwenger Saints SoundSport team is made up of students all under the age of 22. The group took home a gold rating at last year’s Soundsport International Music and Food Festival and will look to repeat that feat in 2017.

12:20 p.m. — Columbus Saints | Columbus, OH
Serving a variety of performers throughout Central Ohio, the Columbus Saints got their start in DCI’s DrumLine Battle program before fielding a SoundSport team for the first time in 2014. With extensive experience with Big Ten marching bands, Historical Black College & University bands, theater and musical groups, the team’s members will look to achieve another gold rating in Indy as they did last summer.

12:40 p.m. — Intermission — U.S. Naval Academy Silent Drill Team
The men and women of the United States Naval Academy Silent Drill Team form a unit that participates in a wide variety of public events across the country each year representing the Naval Academy and United States Navy. With each member of the “Jolly Rogers” performing with an M-14 rifle, the team trains rigorously in order to memorize their entire precision routine while executing it without any verbal commands.

12:50 p.m. — THE COMPANY | Chesterfield, England, UK
United Kingdom-based THE COMPANY will be all over the schedule this summer competing as an International Class drum corps in addition to SoundSport and DrumLine Battle events. It’s all part of the organization’s two-week tour of the United States, the first in the history of this organization that was founded in 2009 and is already a multi-time Drum Corps United Kingdom and Drum Corps Europe champion.

1:00 p.m. — Rhythm IN BLUE | Canton, OH
Formed in 2014 by corps alums, Rhythm IN BLUE’s membership is limited to performers who have past experience with the Bluecoats organization as a corps member, instructor, volunteer or participant in its indoor drum line or color guard programs. The group returns to Indy in 2017 after earning a silver rating at the 2016 event.

1:10 p.m. — The Diplomats | Windsor, Ontario, Canada
One of the youngest SoundSport teams with members between the ages of eight and 22, The Diplomats, from Windsor, Ontario, will present its 2017 SoundSport production as a “Happy Birthday” to Canada. The theme of the team’s production celebrates the sesquicentennial anniversary of Canadian Confederation.

1:20 p.m. — Thunder Brigade | Gaithersburg, MD
Thunder Brigade, proudly billed as Maryland’s only active drum corps, was one of just a handful of teams to earn SoundSport’s coveted gold rating at the 2016 event in downtown Indy. Since 2013, the east coast group has spent its time performing in a variety of parades, exhibitions and competitions.

1:30 p.m. — MadBrass | Madison, WI
Making its inaugural trip to the SoundSport International Music and Food Festival in its inaugural season, MadBrass is an ensemble of the Madison Scouts’ new Forward Performing Arts organization. The coed group’s “The Funky Drummer” production pays tribute to the late Clyde Stubblefield, a drummer best known for his work with James Brown.

1:40 p.m. — Mon Valley Express | Pittsburgh, PA
Hailing from the Pittsburgh suburb of South Park, Mon Valley Express will be the sole SoundSport representatives from the state of Pennsylvania at this year’s Indianapolis event. The team prides itself on being “all about community, family and fun,” and came home from last year’s SoundSport International Music and Food festival with a silver rating.

1:50 p.m. — Impact | Orlando, FL
Florida-based Impact’s performance at this year’s SoundSport festival will mark the end of the group’s summer season with its very first trip to Indianapolis. Competing earlier this summer in Powder Springs, Georgia, and Orlando, the group will bring a latin flavor to the Circle City with its production titled, “Que Diablo Dices?”

2:00 p.m. — Rogues Hollow Regiment | Doylestown, OH
Formed by alumni of the Chippewa High School Marching Band, the Rogues Hollow Regiment has been a regular at SoundSport events in recent years. Earning a bronze rating in 2015 and a silver in 2016, the team will no doubt be looking to raise its game into the echelon of gold this year in Indianapolis.

2:10 p.m. — Les Titans de Quebec | Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Formed in 2007 and making its SoundSport debut during the 2016 DCI Southeastern Championship in Atlanta, the Titans will make their first trip to Indianapolis this summer ready to impress and to give audiences a taste of their French Canadian culture.

2:20 p.m. — Medellin Gran Banda | Medellin, Colombia
One of the top South American marching bands, distance isn’t stopping this ensemble from making it out to Indianapolis this summer as one of the farthest-traveling SoundSport teams to participate in DCI’s World Championships Week festivities. With a lot on the line in the group’s return to the United States, the Gran Banda walked away from 2014’s Indianapolis SoundSport event with “Best of Show” honors.

2:30 — SCV Alumni Corps | Santa Clara, CA
With 50 years of tradition behind them, the more than 200 members of the SCV Alumni Corps will bring their talents to Indianapolis for performances at the DCI World Championship Semifinals and as the encore act at the SoundSport International Music and Food Festival.

Learn more about the 2017 SoundSport International Music and Food Festival.

Chris Weber

Author: Chris Weber

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