Central Dauphin High School’s drumline is heading to world championships in Ohio.
“Three rounds of competition; prelims, semis, and finals,” senior Elyssa Drexel SAID. “We have the best support system. There’s tons of parents that go and stay at our hotel and make us signs and snacks.”
The football team, cheerleading squad, parents and teachers all wished the drummers the best of luck as they got on a bus Wednesday.
“Our band does support the football team and the cheerleaders every fall, all year, rain or shine, and it’s really, really special to see them come out today and help our kids out,” said Harmony Boore, a parent with two children in the band.
The 41 musicians won local championships to qualify for worlds. It’s the third time the school has represented Pennsylvania in the competitive contest.
“It’s pretty cutthroat to be honest,” said Brad Owens, who is in the drumline. “I think there’s roughly 70 drumlines we’re competing against. We’re in a tough group, but I think they put us there for a reason because we’re a tough drumline to go against.”
The students put in hundreds of hours of practice.
“It’s a special group of students,” said Matt Carraher, Central Dauphin’s Director of Bands. They put in a lot of work and they don’t mind doing the work because they know that even though it seems tedious and things like that, that it’ll pay off in the long run.”
Alumni Steve Gugoff has spent 22 years with the school’s drumline.
“This is maybe one of the best-designed shows we have ever put together as a staff,” said Gugoff, who is now the drumline director. “They put together a show we called ‘Atlantis’.”
Central Dauphin’s first performance in the competition is Thursday.
You can track the drumline’s success here.