Last year, Arsenal took over the Duke City Drum-Off, an Albuquerque based marching percussion competition. We adopted the DrumLine Battle format from Drum Corps International, and in the process transformed the event into a more approachable experience for performers and audience members alike. Overall, we were very pleased with how the day turned out and we’re excited to announce that we will again be hosting the Duke City Drum-Off for 2017.
This year’s DCDO will take place on November 11th at Balloon Fiesta Park, on the northeast end of the Launch Field. We aim to significantly expand the event from last year, and will feature food trucks and a vendor marketplace in addition to a day-long DrumLine Battle Tournament. We’re also pleased to announce that admission and parking will be free as we want as many people as possible to come out and support our young musicians.
We’re incredibly excited to again be providing this opportunity for young musicians to perform in our community. The Duke City Drum-Off is the only DrumLine Battle in New Mexico and the only opportunity for DrumLines to compete directly against each other, and so it is a truly unique experience for performers and audience alike. We’re still finalizing some of the logistics for the day, so expect even more announcements regarding sponsors and the day’s schedule as we get closer to the event. We hope to see you there!
This year, we want to get as many DrumLines as possible involved in this event, including those from outside of Albuquerque. If you are unfamiliar with the rules of DrumLine Battle, you can read them here, but essentially DrumLine Battle pits two DrumLines against each other in direct competition. The Lines take turns playing, with each Line performing two segments of music approximately 2 minutes long each. The winter of each Battle is decided by a panel of three judges, who base the victor off of showmanship, technique, difficulty, and audience response. The competition is a double-elimination bracket, and we award prizes of concert percussion equipment to top three DrumLines. This year’s prizes are being sponsored by Baum’s Music, Music Mart, and Innovative Percussion!
For each DrumLine, we will be looking to charge a per student fee of $25 up to an ensemble maximum of $250, so even if you have 11 or more students competing you would still only pay $250. This fee goes towards covering the cost of licensing the DrumLine Battle from DCI and paying our judges. Additionally, each student will receive a DCDO 2017 T-shirt, and, based on feedback from last year, each ensemble will receive an adjudication sheet with comments about technique/general effect. DrumLines must register and pay their invoice by October 22nd in order to guarantee free shirts for their members.
You can register your DrumLine by filling out the form here.
We are looking for foodtrucks and vendors for the Festival Marketplace. We are still waiting on confirmation of our booth layout from the City and the fire marshal, but once we have that we will be able to provide pricing for space. In the meantime, if you are interested in space please contact us at DukeCity@ArsenalPerformingArts.org so that we can ensure you are notified when pricing becomes available.