Avon Lake student heads home on drum corps tour for annual event



AVON LAKE – School is out and students are free to dream a little and wander with friends, telling stories and jokes as the long summer days pass unnoticed. Some may volunteer, find jobs or work on summer projects. Soon-to-be Avon Lake High School junior Kyle Burr has been traveling with Legends of Kalamazoo, a touring drum and bugle corps.

Legends will be stopping through Avon Lake next month for the city’s 6th annual Shoremen Brass Classic Drum Corps International (DCI) Competition, with Burr on the tuba in the brass line in a number called “The Signal.”

A rookie in the corps this year, Burr said auditions followed by three weeks of training were intense. But halfway through his two-month national tour, he characterizes it as “a great experience,” one he would have regretted passing up.

Passionate about band, this is Burr’s first brush with theatrical performing. Drum corps shows take cues from dance, theater, gymnastics and, of course, music. Each original piece performed conveys a narrative backed up by a marching band sometimes playing contemporary songs.

This is the case with “The Signal,” which tells the story of a little town getting its first communications tower. When the tower loses service, the band breaks into “Sounds of Silence.”

Performing in a huge stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Burr looked out and saw the true scale of what he’s involved with this summer.

“You get to fill a whole stadium with your presence and your sound,” he said with wonder.

Not far off from the frazzled newbie in training, he’s learned a few things already: when you’re hot, tired and dehydrated, Burr said, “You can’t give up.”

“On yourself or for your teammates.”

Additional local students will also be performing in the Brass Classic (put on by the Avon Lake Band Aids and Rettig Music) including those from Midview High School, Olmsted Falls High School, St. Edward High School and Wellington High School. They will be joined by students from across the country and from England.

As always, David Eddleman, department chair for the Avon Lake High School International Music Department, DCI staff member, 10-year Avon Lake resident and lifelong drum corps enthusiast, will be looking on from the sidelines.

Presale tickets are available at shoremanbrassclassic.com for $8 general admission and $12 premium seating, plus shipping and handling. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $12 and $15. Children ages 10 and under are free when accompanied by an adult with a general admission ticket.

The event will take place Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. at Avon Lake Memorial Stadium, 175 Avon Belden Road.



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