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Governors State University to present ‘DRUMLine Live’

'DRUMLine Live' will be performed Feb. 15 Center for Performing Arts Governors State University University Park.

"DRUMLine Live" will be performed Feb. 15 at the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University in University Park.

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Updated: March 16, 2013 6:10AM



With scintillating beats and ear-grabbing might, “DRUMLine Live” brings the thrilling musical tradition of historically black colleges and universities to the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University, off University Parkway east of Governors Highway, University Park, at 7 p.m. Feb. 15.

“ ‘DRUMLine Live’s’ high-energy cast members honed their astonishing skills and precision moves with years of training in marching band programs across the southern United States at historically black colleges and universities schools like Florida A&M University, Jackson State University, Clark Atlanta University, Norfolk State University and Prairie View A&M University,” officials said.

“Now in their fourth year of touring, versatile musicians and dancers in ‘DRUMLine Live’ continue to electrify audiences across the country with an exciting mix of vibrant sounds and athleticism.

“Equally at home with the hottest contemporary hip hop, rhythm and blues, classic Motown tunes and the rousing sounds of the great brass tradition, ‘DRUMLine Live’ shares the American marching band tradition with an expanding collection of admirers of all ages.”

“DRUMLine Live” is the brainchild of Atlanta native Don P. Roberts, a former Florida A&M University drum major who began his musical journey as a trumpeter.

An educator who has served as the instrumental music coordinator of the DeKalb County School System since 1996, Roberts was recruited for the 2002 film “Drumline,” a critically acclaimed and commercially successful look at the historically black colleges and universities musical experience.

Roberts is the creator, director and musical director for “DRUMLine Live.”

Staged numbers in “DRUMLine Live” have names like “Drum Major/Shout It Out,” “Street Beat,” “Gospel,” “Halftime” and “Funky Footwork.”

The show includes a tribute to the late pop star Michael Jackson and a one-on-one drum battle between percussionists.

“When ‘DRUMLine Live’ drummers, horn players and dancers take the stage, you’ll think you’re on the 50-yard line in a roaring stadium on a fall afternoon.”

Tickets are $15-$58 at the box office, centertickets.net or (708) 235-2222.

The box office is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and two hours prior to performances.

Multibuy/Megabuy packages are available. Patrons can choose any three or four shows and receive the Multibuyer discount or choose any five or more shows and receive the Megabuy discount.

In addition to the savings, package-holders receive ticket-exchange privileges with 72-hour notice or more, priority seating and more.

Packages are available for purchase through the box office only and are not available online.

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