Marching Hundred drumline taking part in epic battle this weekend

The Indiana University Marching Hundred‘s drumline will take part in Drum Corps International’s first ever drumline battle Friday, Nov. 15, in Indianapolis.

The event is part of the Percussive Arts Society‘s annual convention, a four-day event that is considered the world’s largest festival of all things percussion. Eleven drumlines will take part in the battle, demonstrating a short marching percussion floor routine in what Drum Corps International calls (insert overly animated announcer voice here) “an effort to out-perform and out-battle their opponents in an up-close head-to-head competition.”

Hundred drumline

The Hundred’s drumline will battle it out on the field.

Or, as I like to think of it, heaven for us marching band and percussion geeks. If you’re not familiar with Drum Corps International, the organization is often referred to as “marching music’s major league.”

The Hundred’s drumline will participate with fellow Big Ten powerhouse University of Michigan, as well as Tennessee State University, Ball State University, University of North Alabama, University of Cincinnati and high schools from Texas, Wisconsin and Indiana.

Judges include Drum Corps International Hall of Fame member Scott Johnson, percussion director for competitive drum and bugle corps Blue Devils; Thomas Burritt, associate professor of percussion and director of percussion studies at the University of Texas at Austin; and rock drummer Jason Bittner of Grammy-nominated metal band Shadows Fall.

“This battle is a great opportunity to feature IU’s powerhouse drumline on a national stage,” drumline instructor Joel Brainard told Art at IU. “As you know, Big Ten marching bands are not competitive — there’s no state final banner or trophy to win annually. And we rarely play for each other, let alone get the chance to be ranked and scored by celebrity percussionists. We welcome this challenge, and are definitely excited to show the nation what our talented drumline can do.”

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