Drum Corps Show Returns to Avon Lake for 6th year; Local Students to Perform

Avon Lake High School Band’s own Kyle Burr.

This is our 6th year! The thrilling sights and sounds of the Shoremen Brass Classic will return to Avon Lake Memorial Stadium on Saturday, August 5, at 7 p.m. for the city’s sixth annual Drum Corps International (DCI) competition. The Avon Lake Band Aids, Inc., in partnership with Rettig Music, proudly present this exciting competition, featuring nine DCI drum and bugle corps from the United States and England. This year’s show includes Avon Lake High School Band’s own Kyle Burr performing with Legends of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Students from Avon High School, Midview High School, Olmsted Falls High School, St. Edward High School, and Wellington High School will also be performing with other drum corps at the show. Dr. Christopher Hoch, Director of The Ohio State University Marching and Athletic Bands, will be conducting the Buckeye All-Star Band as they perform the National Anthem.

DCI is a powerful, global youth activity with far-reaching influence. The members of these drum corps – high school and college-aged youths – have gone through extensive physical and musical training to become skilled performers, impressing crowds across the nation with their high-energy musicianship and marching. The Summer 2017 tour includes approximately 100 shows across the nation, with the final competition in Indianapolis, Indiana, the week immediately following the Avon Lake Shoremen Brass Classic.

“We are honored to bring this high-level, competitive show back to the community,” says David Eddleman, Department Chair for the Avon Lake High School Instrumental Music Department, DCI staff member, and 10-year Avon Lake resident. “This is not your average high school or college marching band; this is as “professional” as marching band gets. It is truly an event not to be missed.”

Pre-sale tickets are available at www.shoremenbrassclassic.com at $8 (general admission) and $12 (premium seating), plus shipping and handling. Avon Lake band students are selling pre-sale tickets at the same price with no service charge. If there are remaining tickets, they will be sold at the door the night of the event for $12 and $15. Children ages 10 and under are free when accompanied by an adult with a paid General Admission ticket.

Join us this year to enjoy the exhilarating performances of the musician-athletes who perform with Drum Corps International’s outstanding drum corps!

Rettig Music is Key Primary Sponsor

Rettig Music is the lead sponsor of the Shoremen Brass Classic 2017. Avon Lake Animal Clinic, Bettcher Industries, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cleveland Clinic Richard E Jacobs Health Center, Dover Home Remodelers, Duraclean, First Federal Lakewood Investment Services, Hinkley Lighting, Lubrizol, Mexichem, Peter & Co. Jewelers, PolyOne, Stack Heating and Cooling, and Ward Orthodontics are also generous supporters of the event. Sponsorship opportunities are still available; contact Amy Boyd-Kirksey at amy.bk@oh.rr.com.

Rettig Music serves the educational music community from five Ohio locations, including 26469 Center Ridge Road in Westlake. Rettig Music specializes in instrumental sales, rentals, and repairs. They carry a complete line of marching band and guard accessories, and have a full print music department in its Westlake location.

The Avon Lake community and its schools take great pride in their music programs. The community is often recognized by NAMM as one of the “Best Communities for Music Education” in the United States. The Avon Lake Band Aids, Inc. received Ohio’s “Outstanding Music Support Group” award from the Ohio Music Education Association in 2016. The school district is recognized as Excellent with Distinction by the Ohio Department of Education and Avon Lake High School is nationally ranked by US News and World Report.

Avon Lake Band Aids, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to supporting music education in grades 5 through 12 in the Avon Lake City Schools. The organization supports the more than 800 students who develop their skills to perform for the community, compete in contests at regional and state levels, and travel to perform for national events.

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