“Battle of the Drumlines” held at the Doles Center
Though there may not be any drum corps left in New York, there are certainly lots of young drummers around. Kids are drumming everywhere you look: in their churches, on subway platforms, on street corners, in the growing number of drumlines and marching bands throughout the New York City area and beyond.
On Saturday, June 4, a capacity crowd flocked to the Doles Center theater to enjoy the first-ever Battle of the Drumlines, consisting of the best drumlines in all of New York.
A drumline is a section of percussion instruments usually played as part of a musical marching ensemble. High school and college marching bands, drill and drum corps are some examples of groups that include a "drumline."
The judges had a tough time scoring, since the competition was incredibly fierce, and they were judging the top drumlines in all of New York.
Mount Vernon’s drumline, I.C.E., drew a standing ovation when they were introduced. X-Factor, Brooklyn United and Cobra followed them.
Many in attendance remembered Mr. Frank Able when he was introduced as an honoree. He was the band director at Mount Vernon High School for nearly ten years. He was presented with an impressive plaque and also drew a standing ovation from the audience.
Aside from the drumline competition, the premier venue also included solo drummers and other performers, so those in attendance who paid $10.00 to attend felt it was well worth the money they paid.
The event was hosted by the Mount Vernon Department of Recreation.
"The X-Factor" drumline
Young ladies dancing to the sounds of a marching band
This solo drummer awed the crowd with his talent
Mr. Frank Abel being presented a plaque