ELMORE CO., AL (WSFA) - Drums Across the River Region is bringing Drum Corps International to the area.
Seven drum & bugle corps from the country will be competing at Stanhope-Elmore High School Friday night, a stop on the way to the World Championship competition in Indianapolis in August. The event is hosted by Alabama's own Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps.
Originally founded in Montgomery in 1980 and now based in Mobile, Southwind continues to provide an exceptional music education while touring the country during the summer.
"Alabama has a great history with DCI. In 1979 and 1980, the city of Birmingham actually hosted the championship," said Dave Bryan, Corps Manager for Southwind. "So while the tour hasn't been here in several years, DCI is very keen to bring their excitement back to town."
Southwind will also be hosting a clinic for students from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday afternoon. Students can sharpen their skills and learn what it takes to compete in the demanding world of drum corps.
"It's really the world's greatest youth activity," Lawrence LeClaire said, Director of Southwind. "You learn about hard work, you gain top-notch skills, you see the country on tour, and you make friends for life."