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National Tour of DRUMLINE Live! Nov. 7 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


10/23/2012 - Kicking off its fourth packed-house USA tour, DRUMLINE Live will "parade out of the football stadium and onto the stage" of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville on November 7 at 7:30 p.m.

With riveting rhythms, bold beats and ear-grabbing energy, DRUMLINE Live is a synchronized musical and athletic showcase based in the historically black college/university tradition of the show-style marching band. The versatile cast of musicians and dancers have honed their precision and energy with years of training in marching band programs across the southern United States, bringing rave reviews wherever they perform.

The show features an explosive mix of sounds – from the hottest contemporary hip hop, R&B, and classic Motown tunes to the rousing sounds of the great brass tradition. With “Boisterous brass, perfectly precise percussion syncopation, and sassy dance numbers [that] fly off the stage and into the audience," The Clarion hails DRUMLINE Live as "a definite crowd pleaser…a must see!"

Tickets for DRUMLINE Live are on sale now for $35 each or $30 each for groups of 10 or more tickets purchased together. For tickets, contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box at (850) 729-6000 or 1-888-838-ARTS(2787) Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm or purchase online at Large group sales such as schools should contact Jeanette Shires, Associate Director of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, at (850) 729-6004 for personal assistance. There is a $2 per ticket Box Office processing fee.

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is a $25 million performing arts venue located on the Niceville campus of NWF State College at 100 College Boulevard. The center is easily accessible via Interstate 10, U.S. Highway 285 and Highway 85 and the Mid-Bay Bridge, about 20 minutes from Destin and Fort Walton Beach and 15 minutes from Interstate 10. For more information or a season brochure visit

DRUMLINE Live was created by Don Roberts – the Executive Band Consultant responsible for training the actors, writing the precision drills, and rehearsing the band for the Twentieth Century Fox hit movie, "Drumline". This stage spectacular is definitely another "can't miss" opportunity sure to inspire young musicians, band members and the public alike! For photos, music and more, visit the website at or follow DRUMLINE Live on Facebook:

THE CAST (name and university affiliation)

EUPHONIUM Bayshawn Holmes, Florida A&M University; Brandon Kirksey, Clark Atlanta University;

PERCUSSION Paul Woods, Jackson State University; Chris Belcher, Clark Atlanta University; Bernard Smith, Norfolk State University; Maurice Mosley, Prairie View A&M University; Anthony Pasquini, Clark Atlanta University;

FHORNS Darrell Johnson, Florida A&M University; Mark Chapman, FL Florida A&M University;

BASSES Michael Jones, South Carolina State University; Larry Chery, Florida A&M University;

TROMBONE Edwin Blakely, Florida A&M University; Aaron Davis, FL Florida A&M University; Travord Rolle, FL Florida A&M University; Reuben Ahukanna, North Carolina Central University; Jeffery Walker, Southwest Dekalb High School;

TRUMPET William Thompson, Florida A&M University; Gladstone Edwards, Florida A&M University; Aheisha Duke Dallas, Florida A&M University; Eddy Falcon Brooklyn, NY; Yamin Mustafa, Florida A&M University; Larry Allen, Prairie View A&M University; Anthony Scott, FL Florida A&M University;

SAXOPHONES Larry J. Smith, FL Florida A&M University; Jacques Bell, University of Georgia;

DANCERS Micki Johnson, Spelman College/Morehouse; Mignon Williams, Alabama A&M University; Cormesha Johnson, Clark Atlanta University; Tekelya Willis, Spelman College;

Drum Major Brian Snell, FL Florida A&M University;

Host Slater Thorpe, Florida A&M University;


Africa -The ancient rhythms of the world’s first drummers fly on the wings of time, re-invented in the sound and fury of a new band of musicians—and our musical journey begins.

Drum Major/Shout It Out - Nobody can sit still when these all-star musicians and dancers strut their stuff. So what are you waiting for? Get up, get loud, and Shout It Out! There’s a Band in the house!

American Soul - Some call it Motown. Some call it Soul. Revel in the sweet, smooth sounds that defined an American musical genre with songs made famous by some of the greatest recording artists of all time.

The King - Be prepared to “Beat It” with Drumline Live, as we give you a “Thriller” highlight reel from the King of Pop, featuring our choreographed rendition of “Smooth Criminal” and “Billie Jean.”

Midnight Magic - These ghostly drummers are hip and magical. Don’t blink because you won’t believe the sights you are about to see.

Gospel - Put on your Sunday-go-to-meetin’ clothes and join this hand-clapping, heart-thumping celebration of America’s southern gospel music. And don’t you pay no mind to that down-home testifyin’… it’s all good news!

Street Beat - This action packed group of percussionists will absolutely amaze you. This team of drummers is fast with their sticks and just as fast on their feet.

Swingin’ - If you dig the sounds of the Big Bands, you’ve come to the right place! Welcome to Swing Town. Open twenty-four hours. Bring your dancin’ shoes….

Halftime - The sound and style of the Historically Black College and University marching bands is legendary. Enjoy this tribute to the iconic halftime extravaganza made famous by HBCU bands from across America. Who needs a stadium?

Ultimate Drum Battle - The one on one battle of some of the best drummers you have ever witnessed. There can be only one champion and the audience will decide who is “THE CHAMP!”

HBCU DRUMLINE - The Bass Drums sound like Thunder, the flash of the cymbals is like Lighting. The HBCU Drumline is an Explosion of Power and Precision. You will be amazed.

Funky Footwork - Nothing can prepare you for the dazzling choreography of the HBCU dance routine and musical selections that highlight the best of the 80’s and 90’s Hip-Hop.