Mustangs musicians look to drum up interest in youth marching troupe

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A new program launched by the staff of the Western Mustang Band aims to put drumsticks in the hands of young people to perform and compete with other marching drum groups.

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The new Forest City Drumline hopes to form a drum line featuring local youth to begin performing in parades as early as November to compete in the Canadian Drumline Association’s winter circuit with competitions in Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo and Mississauga.

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The group was founded by Quinn Fleming, manager of the Western Mustang Band, and Joshua Shea, both music and education graduates of Western University.

“It’s an exciting combination of music and athletics,” said Fleming, a substitute teacher with the Thames Valley District School Board who is still pursuing a master’s degree at Western. “You can play and move and it’s a team activity. This is perhaps the most exciting way to play music in a group. Very few bands ask you to hit your instrument as hard as you can.

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At competitions, drum lines from across Ontario and Quebec perform their best routines in a judged setting, based on play, showmanship and creativity.

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Fleming said drumlining, an activity consisting of snares, tenors, bass drums and cymbals, became a phenomenon after the release of the film Drumline starring Nick Cannon in 2002.

The first meeting will be October 5th at Western University Alumni Hall. Interested drummers are asked to visit the forestcitydrumline.ca website for more information, or contact the organizers by email at [email protected] for more details.

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