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Drum corps returning to Sheffield following ‘huge success’ last year

Music is coming back to the mountain.

The Drum Corps International show at Sheffield Area Middle High School that packed the bleachers last July is scheduled to return Friday, July 29 at 6 p.m.

“It was a huge success last year and we got a lot of really good feedback from the community,” said Music on the Mountain Chairman Art Lane. “They were hoping we would do it again. We looked at our finances and decided we could do it.”

Last year’s show revenue turned into donations to the Sheffield and Kane music programs, as well as to the Sheffield Senior Center. There was enough left over, Lane said, to put a down payment on this year’s show.

“We’re hoping to make it an annual event,” he said. “We’ll see how this year goes. Hopefully we’ll draw in even more people.”

It wasn’t just the local community that wanted the show to return. Lane said he spoke with the Nashua, N.H.-based Spartans who were based at Sheffield for the show last year.

“They asked to come back to Sheffield,” Lane said. “The community was really good to them. Most of the corps will be returning to the same facilities they were staying at last year.”

Lane said thus far, the corps that performed last year will all be returning-7th Regiment, New London, Conn.; Legends, Kalamazoo, Mich.; Les Stentors, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada; Raiders, Burlington, N.J.; and of course, the Spartans.

“Drum Corps is working on another corps that may be coming to fill (Coastal Surge’s) slot, but that’s still not set,” said Lane.

Coastal Surge was set to perform last year, but the corps unfortunately went bankrupt before the show.

Lane said they will be using the same system for parking, including the addition of a second shuttle bus “so we’ll have two shuttles running to speed things up.” The upper lot will still be handicap parking only and once that lot is full, a sign will be put up “so people aren’t having to circle the lots,” said Lane.

For seating, Lane said there is still room in the bleacher, but if advance tickets-which will go on sale in May-sell enough, they can work on bringing in more seating. They will also have golf carts to help people to the bleachers if necessary.

“We encourage the community to come see what it’s all about,” said Lane. “They can check out the DCI website, too.”

The event benefits the music program at the school. “Everything is so expensive now,” Lane said. “Right now, Sheffield needs a new trailer to haul equipment to the shows. This helps pay for things like that.”

Lane said donations and sponsors are still needed for this year’s show. Anyone with questions or comments about the show, or anyone interested in helping with donations or sponsorships is asked to call Lane at 730-7022.

Tickets will be $13 for adults and $8 for students in advance, or $15 for adults and $10 for students at the gate.