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A ‘festival’ of sounds
Monday, Feb. 6, 2012

By Kristen Miller
News Editor

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – The Dassel-Cokato Charger Drumline is drumming up for its annual home show, Saturday, and the audience can anticipate a festive time.

This year’s show, entitled “Festival,” has common themes throughout, giving it a traditional Spanish or Latin feel.

The guitar solo with Adam Monson “screams Spanish festival,” said Brian Veith, drumline advisor.

“The show lets you express a lot with the very chill and laid-back style of music,” said Brenden Birkholz, snare drum. “There are so many different parts to the show that you hear something new every time.”

Drumline participants are finding the program very fun to play, which is something the audience will be able to see.

Compared to last year’s show, “Dream Fragments,” “Festival” is more upbeat, said Sylvia Wilson, who plays the marimba.

What has been most challenging from Wilson’s perspective has been the ability for the performers to play in unison.

Drumline is an activity that is open to seventh through 12th graders.

“We are all different, but we are working toward the same goal,” Wilson said.

The show changes focus throughout, from the pit to the battery and then the drumline.

“Having the focus changing constantly lets you get a good perspective of the skill level of both battery and pit,” Birkholz said. “Overall, the show is a lot of fun this year,” he said.

Amanda Mattson plays the bass drum and is a fifth-year member. She likes how the show challenges the members’ musicality. “It teaches us to work together,” she said.

“Festival” has upbeats parts, making it much like a festival,” Mattson said, adding that it’s been a fun show to play and the audience will see that.

“We’ve had to work hard . . . but it’s coming together,” Mattson said. “It’s pretty good.”

Veith agrees. “It’s a pretty good musical show, so we’ll see what the judges think.”

Drumline home show

The Dassel-Cokato Drumline home show is Saturday, Feb. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the east gym of the high school (PAC side).

Ten lines will perform eight-minute shows, with DC performing on deck at 7:55 p.m.

Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Proceeds go toward DC Music Boosters to help with drumline costs.

Because drumline is a self-funded program, The Marketplace has also agreed to donate some of the proceeds from the sale of Cass Clay ice cream for the month of February.

Following Sunday’s home show, DC drumline will compete in Sauk Rapids Sunday, March 4 at 1 p.m.

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