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Emerald City Music games will mark 10th year July 28

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The Troopers, a competitive junior drum and bugle corps based in Wyoming will one of the groups performing in the Emerald City Music Games in Dublin July 28.

Drum and bugle corps from throughout the country will strut their stuff in Dublin for the 10th year later this month.

Eight drum and bugle corps will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, July 28, at Dublin Coffman High School, 6780 Coffman Road, as part of the Drum Corps International Summer Music Games Tour.

The Summer Music Games takes drum and bugle corps throughout the country for more than 140 competitions.

The Dublin contest will take place a week or two before the championships in Indiana.

The Emerald City Music Games came to Dublin as part of an effort to raise money to maintain the synthetic turf fields at Dublin's three high schools.

Gary Hodges, a former Dublin teacher and games organizer, said he worked to bring high-caliber band shows to Dublin, but the event truly began when former Dublin City Schools Physical Education Teacher Charlie Spear recruited events to benefit the synthetic turf fields.

"The Ohio Music Education Association used to use the stadium for their state marching band contest," Hodges said.

"Charlie got the idea, why not have these drum corps come in?"

Hodges was recruited by Spear to put the event together and 10 years later it's still going.

"The funds we're able to generate with this activity offset those costs," Hodges said.

"By the community supporting the event, it's a way to support schools all year."

Bands competing at the 10th Emerald City Music Games include the Blue Knights, from Denver, Colo.; Cascades, of Seattle, Wash.; Jersey Surf, of Mount Holly, N.J.; Madison Scouts, of Madison, Wis.; Pacific Crest, of Diamond Bar, Calif.; Santa Clara Vanguard, of Santa Clara, Calif.; Troopers, from Casper Wyo.; and the Vanguard Cadets, of Santa Clara, Calif.

According to Hodges, the Cascades, Jersey Surf and Pacific Crest will be newcomers to the Dublin event.

All the drum and bugle corps, however, can serve as inspiration to high school marching band members and music teachers.

"I think people appreciate the professional level of excellence those groups bring, especially the high school marching bands," Hodges said.

"The band directors like to see this to get ideas."

Along with a few new drum and bugle corps for the 10th Emerald City Music Games, a culinary experience will be offered for the first time.

"We've added a Food Truck and Fan-Fare event," Hodges said.

"We're having nine or 10 food trucks come to the event and set up in the parking lot and serve from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.," he said.

"We'll have some entertainment from a new drum corps in Columbus, the Saints ... Watkins Memorial will come in and put on a musical demonstration as well."

Food trucks including Pitabilities, Challah, Ajumama, Mojo Togo, Sweet and Red Plate, Blue Plate have committed to the event, Hodges said.

Raising Cane's will also be on hand serving food, with all proceeds benefiting the Dublin Music Boosters.

Tickets for the Emerald City Games are $30 for premium seating, $23 for select and $17 for value seats. Seating for those that are disabled is available for $12.

Tickets can be purchased at the gates starting at 3:30 p.m. July 28 or online at emeraldcitygames.org.

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