Battle lines drawn in new school drum line contest

TUESDAY, 22 August will see Durban High School host its first annual drumline competition.

The competition will be held outside the Chris Seabrooke Music Centre at Durban High School from 5pm.

Schools from around the province will participate at a cost of R500 per band and spectators are encouraged to go down and show their support. Entry for spectators is free

“This inter-school drumline competition is designed to open up a new avenue of participation in schools’ drum line activities. It aims to encourage new and emerging ensembles to participate in marching percussion through a fast-paced and in-your-face competition.  Battle unit consists of just five or more members who will put together one-and-a-half to two minute performance routines,” said Natalie Rungan, head of music and director of the Chris Music Centre.

School that boast a drumline often have traditions where they perform at rugby games in order to create an energetic atmosphere that spurs on players and spectators alike.

When asked what inspired this competition, Rungan said: “It is focusing on the technical aspects that go into the preparation for these bands, aiming to reward the boys for their hard work and skill levels. We have to incentivise and encourage more children to be a part of bands like this in order to grow their passion and interest in the arts”.

Musicians Gear Zone and Pearl have come on board as the official sponsors and will be offering an array of prizes for the winning band. The competition will feature high school marching percussion sections from throughout KZN and promises to be an exciting event.

For more information, email [email protected] or call 031-277-1500.

Michellé Izatt
Managing Editor

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