VILLAGE OF NEPONSET: On the march
Village of Neponset issued the following announcement on Aug. 1.
Louisiana drum and bugle corps to make Kewanee stop Saturday
KEWANEE — A one-day stopover by a touring drum and bugle corps Saturday at Wethersfield High School will once again bring “Drums Along the Fourlane” to Kewanee.
The Louisiana Stars, a junior drum and bugle corps from Lafayette. La., is tenatively scheduled to arrive at WHS around 2 a.m. Saturday, after competing in a contest at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Friday night. Corps members, all high school and college age men and women, will sleep on the floor in the high school gym and several classrooms, conduct sectional rehearsals on the school grounds and football field during the day, and leave late Saturday afternoon for East Peoria where they will compete at 6:30 p.m. in “Music in Motion” at Eastside Center.
Their next stop will be Michigan City, Ind., on Monday, where they will compete in DCI Open Class Prelims. They have been on the road since July 10 when their 2018 summer tour began in Valdosta, Ga.
According to their website, the Stars were founded in 2013 and are co-sponsored by the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. At the 2017 DCI Open Class Finals, The Louisiana Stars place 6th and were named the “Most Improved Open Class Corps” by the Open Class corps directors.
Kewanee has become a popular summer stopover for touring drum and bugle corps entered in the “Music in Motion” contest. Wethersfield High School band director Jay Hagaman was contacted in 2012 by his counterpart at Metamora High School, where the band program receives the proceeds from the event, to see if Wethersfield could host a corps. The school does not charge for using the facilities considering the opportunity to informally see a national drum corps while they are in town a service to the community.
Wethersfield has been a “Music in Motion” satellite camp for four corps in five of the past six years — Spirit of Atlanta (twice); The Colts of Dubuque, Iowa; The Pioneers of Milwaukee, Wis.; and Pacific Crest from Southern California.
According to their website, The Stars 2018 production includes Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,”; Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,”; Simon and Garfunkle’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and three other selections.
In the past, the touring corps have performed their full show for local fans before leaving in appreciation for use of the facilities, but it is at the discretion of corps management from year to year and no definite time is set.
The public may stop by the school grounds and football field Saturday afternoon to observe rehearsals.
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