Adirondack Drums

Jason McKibben - jmckibben@poststar.com Drum major Barry Zhou of the 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps of New London, Conn., salutes the audience and judges, indicating he his ready to start the first performance of the annual Adirondack Drums competition at East Field in Glens Falls Wednesday, June 29, 2011. Seven groups performed in the event organized by the Fort Edward Lions Club.

GLENS FALLS -- On Wednesday, the independent music of Radiohead and southern sounds of Atlanta filled East Field as drum and bugle corps from Boston to San Antonio competed at the 31st annual Adirondack Drums.

Throughout the evening, musicians weaved in and out of line formations on the stadium's football field.

Circles, triangles and lines of drum and bugle corps members expanded and shrank into different shapes. Brass players bent their knees for flair to emphasize crescendos.

Color guard members twirled rifles in circles and sent them flying into the air.

During Spirit of Atlanta's performance, which was a tribute to film noir, giant lamps set an ominous tone, members of the color guard jumped around bar stools, and brass players burst out sounds while extending their legs straight into the air like Rockettes.

Carolina Crown of Fort Mills, S.C., won the competition with 79.40 points. Madison Scouts of Madison, Wisc., were second with 76.70 points. And Boston Crusaders placed third with 72.50 points.

South Glens Falls resident Eric Walter took his 8-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son to the event after they heard performers practicing at Harrison Avenue Elementary School next to their house, he said.

His nephew, 7-year-old Lucas Chenier, watched alongside them at ground level during a portion of San Antonio-based Crossmen's "Renewal" repertoire. For his applause, he held a bag of popcorn in one hand, clapped, and jumped and jogged in place.

More than 2,900 tickets were sold for the event, Lions Club president Terry Johnston said.

The event is sponsored by the Fort Edward Lions Club, and serves as the organization's primary fundraiser, Secretary Monica Johnston said. The Lions Club earns about $20,000 annually from the event, she said.

Organizers said money goes toward services that range from student scholarships at area schools to donations to local


The competition is also one of dozens in a summerlong tour for Drum Corps International, a marching league.

Drum and bugle corps

participants work toward the World Championship, which is being held in Indiana this year in August.

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