Emerald City Music games return to Dublin July 31
The Blue Devils from Concord, Calif., will be one of the drum and bugle corps performing during the Emerald City Games in Dublin. The Blue Devils will also host a clinic in Dublin July 31.
Entertainers who spend their summer traveling the U.S. will make a stop in Dublin July 31.
The Emerald City Music Games will welcome eight groups to the Dublin Coffman High School stadium for the Drum Corps International Summer Music Games Tour.
Event organizer Gary Hodges said the music groups spend all summer traveling the country to play shows.
"They audition at Thanksgiving and then go to camps in the city (of the drum corps) once a month January through May," Hodges said.
"Then they move to the city after school is out toward the end of May and put things together," he said.
"They travel in buses and have their own cooking facility in a semi-trailer ... I would equate them to the big bands that would travel from city to city," Hodges said.
The members of the different groups are from throughout the country and range in age from 14 to 22.
Some members even come from as far as Japan, Hodges said.
The Emerald City Music Games came to Dublin after Dublin City School District administrators decided to make use of facilities that often sit empty during the summer.
Hodges, a former band teacher at Dublin Scioto High School, said he was asked to help organize the event.
"The show is put together by the schools to raise funds to repair turf and the stadiums," Hodges said.
"It's a music event. The music boosters sell concessions, but specifically the event funds turf replacement and benefits athletics."
The show will include the Blue Devils from Concord, Calif.; Blue Stars from La Crosse, Wis.; Crossmen, of San Antonio; Madison Scouts, from Madison, Wis.; Music City, of Nashville, Tenn.; Oregon Crusaders, of Portland, Ore.; Pioneer, from Milwaukee; and the Troopers, from Casper, Wyo.
"They're extended half-time shows like you would see at football games, but they are Olympic caliber," Hodges said of the event. "It's similar to soccer teams. Kids are on school soccer teams, but during the summer the kids play on select teams. This is an all-star team."
One of top groups coming to Dublin July 31 is the Blue Devils, a drum corps Hodges said has never played at the Emerald City Music Games.
"The Blue Devils are 14-time world champs," he said.
"They've won it more than any other corps out there."
The Blue Devils will also spend a little extra time in Dublin and hold a workshop at Jerome High School from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. July 31.
The clinic, which costs $10, will include group work with fundamental techniques and work as a large group, Hodges said.
"It's a very exciting adventure for kids to get up close and personal," he said.
Tickets to the Emerald City Music Games range from $20 to $35. The first 1,500 tickets sold will be discounted by $5.
For more information about the music games and clinic, visit emeraldcitygames.org.