DRUMLINE LIVE Kicks Off U.S. Tour of American Marching Band Experience in Philadelphia, Oct. 25-26OCTOBER 3, 2011
"We've taken the excitement of an HBCU football game halftime show, increased the intensity by a thousand watts, and created a musical journey that will touch every emotion." —Don P. Roberts, Creator and Director
Drumline Live kicks off its second U.S. tour bringing the American marching band experience to the Merriam Theater, Tue.-Wed, October 25 –26, 2011. Fast with their sticks and just as fast with their feet, Drumline Live’s cast of 30+ musicians and dancers have trained in marching band programs across the southern
Drumline Live’s program begins by taking audiences on a journey to Africa, reinventing the ancient rhythms of the world’s first drummers; and continues with a performance of American Soul to Motown music by some of the greatest recorded artists of all time; a choreographed rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” “Smooth Criminal,” and “Billie Jean;” hand-clapping, heart thumping southern gospel music; the sounds of the big band; the iconic halftime extravaganza of Historically Black College and University marching bands; and concludes with a one-on-one drum battle, and funky footwork to the best of the 80’s and 90’s music.
Tickets for Drumline Live are available at $20-$60, and can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at kimmelcenter.org, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office located on Broad and Spruce streets,
Creator and director of Drumline Live, Don P. Roberts was the Executive Band Consultant for the nationally and internationally acclaimed hit movie, Drumline (Twentieth Century Fox), nominated in 2003 by the NAACP as Most Outstanding Motion Picture, and American Choreography Award for outstanding achievement in feature film. Roberts was responsible for training the actors, writing precision drills, rehearsing the band, etc. Most recently, Mr. Roberts was appointed as the associate producer and executive band consultant for the ESPNU Television series, The Battle, which features some of
As an educator, Mr. Roberts has served as the instrumental music coordinator of the DeKalb County School System since 1996. He served as chairman of the music department and director of bands (1990-1996) and dual role as
Kimmel Center, Inc., a charitable, not-for-profit organization, owns, manages, supports and maintains The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, which includes Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, Innovation Studio and the