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The University of North Georgia Drum and Bugle Corps received the silver medal for overall performance at two international competitions this summer.
Comprising 40 members, the UNG Drum and Bugle Corps offers UNG students, non-UNG students and local high school students the chance to rehearse and compete together. It finished second at Drum Corps International’s SoundSport event in Atlanta and in the largest-ever SoundSport competition, held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis during the DCI World Championships.
The band received a gold medal for music performance at the DCI World Championships event and a gold medal for visual performance at the competition in Atlanta.
“We having been building toward this for years, and the musical and visual skills of the band members have developed to where they are now capable of successfully competing in an international competition, sponsored by the most prestigious marching music organization in the world, Drum Corps International,” said Andy David, head of UNG’s Department of Music. “We have experienced much success and have been able to grow our vision for the future of the band. Who can say how far we can go?”
Drum and bugle corps are marching bands with brass instruments, percussion instruments, synthesizers and color guard; drum and bugle corps typically create a new, themed show each year and participate in regional, national and international competitions. With only four days of rehearsal, the members of the band learned and performed a new production, “BD: A Tribute to the Blue Devils,” which they performed at the DCI and SoundSport events.