Up to a dozen performing ensembles from across Southern California and the Western region will put on quite a show during this Saturday’s Drum Corps at the Rose Bowl, part of Drum Corps International’s 2022 Summer Tour and sponsored by Pacific Crest Youth Arts Organization.
“You will see more than a thousand youth performers across 12 drum and bugle corps,” Stuart Pompel, CEO of Pacific Crest Youth Arts Organization, said. “These are elite performers who are giving up their summer to work hard and learn, refine, and perform their shows for you.”
“You should come to this event,” he said. “If you like the bands in the Rose Parade, these performances will blow your mind!”
Pompel was a founding instructor of Pacific Crest in 1993, served as its Executive Director from 1996 to 2018, and was appointed CEO in November 2018. He said with the pandemic, the number of bands performing for Drum Corps would still be less than normal.
“We will have fewer ensembles in performance due to fewer corps not traveling to the West Coast,” he said. “We are all still reopening.”
Nevertheless, with the band members all excited to be back performing live, Pompel expects to have some quality performances during the weekend.
The current band lineup, which continues to be updated, now includes The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps from Tempe, Arizona; the Alisal Community Arts Network Marching Band from Salinas, the Blue Devils from Concord, Gold Drum and Bugle Corps from San Diego, the Sacramento Freelancers Drum and Bugle Corps, the Golden Empire Drum and Bugle Corps from Bakersfield
Also in the lineup are the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps, Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps from Diamond Bar and City of Industry, Santa Clara’s Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, Vessel Drum and Bugle Corps from Long Beach, and the Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Riverside.
Saturday’s band performances begin at 6 p.m. Gates open at 4:30 p.m.
For Drum Corps at the Rose Bowl, Lone Star Percussion and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses are presenting sponsors.
Drum Corps will also be streamed live on YouTube and on Drum Corps International’s website.
Tickets to Drum Corps at the Rose Bowl start at $30 per ticket.
For tickets and more information, visit https://rosebowlstadium.com/
For a full schedule of Drum Corps International’s 2022 Summer Tour, visit www.dci.org/events.