2011 Fair Dates:  October 3 - October 11
Marching to the Beat of a New Drummer
Marching to the Beat of a New Drummer

By: Mark Moses

“The beat goes on, the beat goes on…
Drums keep pounding
A rhythm to the brain.
La de da de de, la de da de da….”

Those song lyrics from the 1967 smash hit ‘The Beat Goes On’ by the duo of Sonny and Cher might come to mind when fairgoers watch and listen to one of this year’s Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair’s newest events, the 2012 Drumline Competition.
According to Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, drumline is a section of percussion instruments usually played as part of a musical marching ensemble. High school and college marching bands, drill and drum corps, drum and bugle corps, indoor percussion ensembles are some examples of a ‘drumline’.
This inaugural event, sponsored by The Vonta Leach Foundation, will take place on Thursday, October 4, at 7 p.m. at the grandstand. The contest is open to the Public Schools of Robeson County with each competing high school being limited to 12 minutes of ‘performance time’. Each high school will be free to perform their own composition and three judges will be used to evaluate each drumline. Judging will be based on intonation, rhythm, precision, timing, execution, dynamics and interpretation. Each drumline will consist of four members by using percussion instruments only. Drum cadences can be used to enter and exit the area when a drumline competes and judged.
Drumlines have become popular over the years, but if one wants to see a drumline competition in action or get a ‘feel of the beat’ to the sounds and rhythms, rent the 2003 film “Drumline”. First place winners in our contest will receive a championship trophy and $300.00 while second place finishers receive a trophy and $100.00.
For more information, contact chairperson Junaita Chavis at 910-374-8170, co-chair Billy Roach at 910-671-3477 or the Robeson County Parks and Recreation Department. But most of all, this exciting competition hopes to ‘knock your socks off’.

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