‘Heartland’ to bring national bands to Mustang

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By Traci Chapman

Bands from across the country will converge on Mustang July 22 for Mustang Nightriders’ DCI in the Heartland.

The annual drum corps competition has grown each year since its inception, with this the largest event yet, Mustang High School band director Ryan Edgmon said.

“We have three of the top scoring drum corps in the world at our show here in Mustang, and we have alumni and many friends of our program performing with the 2013 finalist Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corp,” Edgmon said. “The 2013 world champion Carolina Crown is the headliner for our show and will also provide the encore performance after the competition.”

Carolina Crown is based in Fort Mill, S.C. Carolina Crown features 150 members between the ages of 17 and 22 “who aspire to become music educators, performing artist and the leaders of tomorrow,” according to the organization’s website. The group performs nationwide and participates in Drum Corps International competitions.

Other groups taking part include corps from Allentown, Penn., Canton, Ohio, Denver, San Antonio, Portland, Ore., Tempe, Ariz., and Seattle, Wash.

With close to 1,000 students taking part in Mustang middle school and high school band programs, fundraising is key, Edgmon said. All proceeds from the show benefit Mustang High School’s Nightriders marching band, he said. With 4,500 available seats at Bronco Stadium, Edgmon said he hoped to “pack the house” for a day of entertainment by some of the biggest names in drum corps.

“These are a big deal – not just big here, but literally the best in the world, and they’ll be here in Mustang,” Edgmon said. “It really says something about our band program, our kids and our community that they would choose to attend our event.”

DCI in the Heartland will begin at 7:30 p.m. July 23 and tickets range from $15 to $25. All seating is reserved, Edgmon said. Groups of 20 or more receive a $3 discount on value general admission seats; ticket prices will be $5 higher the day of the event.

Tickets are available online at www.dci.org. Additional information is also available on DCI in the Heartland’s Facebook page, located at https://www.facebook.com/DciInTheHeartland.