A free performance of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps will take place Sunday at Niagara Falls High School Football Stadium located at 4455 Porter Road. A public rehearsal will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a special performance at 4 p.m.
Founded in 1976, Spirit of Atlanta quickly rose to prominence in the Drum Corps with a sixth place finish in the Corps’ second season alone. Well known during their formative years for enormous brass sound and performances that evoked the touching and sultry personality of their southern native region, the group won a place in the finals of the Drum Corps International 20 World Championship. times since 1978.
âWhile our annual Drums Along the Waterfront (DATW) event remains on hiatus for a second year due to pandemic concerns, we are excited to bring a taste of DCI to West New York to help bridge the void for the avid fan base of the activity. Said event organizer Jack Gaylord Jr. âIn addition to rehearsal and performance, the Spirit of Atlanta Drum Line will also have a special performance at 1pm Sunday at the Western New York Drumming Festival. by Ted Reinhardt at Old Man River, 375 Niagara St in Tonawanda (See below) This event is also free and open to the public.
Event organizers are asking those in attendance to respect social distancing with members of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps who are traveling in a “COVID bubble,” according to Gaylord.
Drum Corps International has a long-standing relationship with the Niagara Falls School District, which once hosted the World Champion Riders from Rosemont, Illinois while they were at WNY for their participation in Drums Along the Waterfront. In 2019, the district also hosted the âRythm at the Rapidsâ Drum Corps Competition featuring the best corps from the Open Class division.
For more information on Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps, visit spiritofatlanta.org.
Sunday Drum Festival
The Ted Reinhardt Western NY Drumming Festival will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Old Man River at 375 Niagara St., Tonawanda,
This event is free and open to all ages and levels of musical experience. The charity event benefits the Ted Reinhardt and Bruce Brucato Memorial Fund at Kenmore East High School. The fund awards $ 500 scholarships to seniors attending college in music or a music-related field.
Local drummers are invited to set up their drum kits, congas and djembes in the street and play on recorded tracks at the same time.
Both Reinhardt and Brucato are inductees of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and were highly respected musicians in the WNY music community.
The day will feature raffles, a drummer flea market and drum clinics as well as a sales area featuring products and services for dedicated musicians and drummers.
The Ted Reinhardt Western New York Drumming Festival hopes to raise donations for the Scholarship Fund as well as baby diapers, socks, underwear and clothing that can be brought to this event for WNY Drummers for Homeless People. .