Houston’s Society for the Performing Arts has announced that it will present DRUMLine Live to Jones Hall for one performance in January.
The performance will take place, Tuesday, Jan. 13. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m.
DRUMLine Live is a new attraction created by the music team behind 20th Century Fox’s hit movie “Drumline.” The production brings show-style marching bands from America’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities to the theatrical stage for the first time.
Featuring a 40-member cast of colorful and flamboyant performers from Florida A&M, Tennessee State, South Carolina State and Winston Salem State universities, as well as Miles College, Morris Brown College and the University of Georgia, the show presents the sounds of the great brass past including Earth, Wind, and Fire and Tower of Power side by side with the hottest contemporary hip hop and R&B.
DRUMLine Live will feature the sound of trumpets, intricate choreography and feats of athleticism from the “steppers” and dancers, while the heart of the show will be the percussionists who form the “drumline.”
“SPA is pleased to be one of the first stops on the DRUMLine Live tour,” said SPA Executive Director June Christensen. “This show highlights a musical tradition that will truly appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds.”
Christensen said that not only are members of the drumline actual college students from across the country, the driving force behind this musical extravaganza is a former high school band director. DRUMLine Live’s Musical Director, Don P. Roberts, former director for Atlanta’s famous Southwest DeKalb Marching Panthers, also served as the movie’s executive band consultant.
Roberts’ band students recorded the musical tracks and made up the majority of the performers for the film. Following the completion of the film, Roberts and several partners formed a company with the goal of presenting a theatrical production based on the same concept.
The stage production was designed to connect with audience members and allow them to see the intensity of the performers, Roberts said.
“The stage allows us to add amazing theatrical feats that will have the audience saying ‘wow’ after every single scene,” Roberts said. “I don’t want to give it all away, but everyone who attends DRUMLine Live thinking all they are going to get is your average halftime show or highlights from Drumline the movie better be prepared to witness a marching band as they have never seen it before.”
Part of SPA’s Family Fun Series, this performance of DRUMLine Live is sponsored by Continental Airlines, H-E-B and Invesco Aim.
Tickets range from $20-$60 and can be purchased online at www.spahouston.org, by phone at 713-227-4SPA or at the courtyard level ticket office at Jones Hall, located at 615 Louisiana St. The box office is open 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday – Friday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday.