Highly rated drum corps to visit Dunkirk, Gowanda and Brocton

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Six of the top drum corps in Drum Corps International’s Open Class division will soon descend upon Western New York for Rhythm at the Rapids, a prelude to the annual Drums Along the Waterfront — Tour of Champions event, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at Niagara Falls High School Stadium, 3978 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls, New York. While in town, three of those six drum corps will do full run throughs of their show at the end of their ensemble rehearsals for local residents.

Visiting the Southern Tier will be the Legends Drum & Bugle Corps of Kalamazoo, Michigan, staying at Dunkirk High School Tuesday and Wednesday; the 7th Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps of New London, Connecticut, staying at Gowanda High School Tuesday and Wednesday; and the Heat Wave Drum & Bugle Corps of Cape Coral, Florida, visiting Brocton High School on Wednesday. All rehearsals are free and open to the public.

For the curious public, the best time to see the Legends rehearsing will be at approximately 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Wednesday in Dunkirk. Legends Drum & Bugle Corps is the 2016 and 2017 DCI Open Class World Championships Bronze Medalist; DCI World Championships Semifinalist in 2015, 2016 and 2017; DCI Open Class Most Improved Corps in 2009, 2012 and 2015; and an Open Class Finalist since 2009. Their mission is to develop and enrich lives of our youth through performing arts. To learn more about the Legends, visit www.legendspaa.org.

Best viewing times for the 7th Regiment in Gowanda will be at approximately 1:50 p.m. on Tuesday and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The 7th Regiment Youth Performing Arts Organization is committed to developing life skills in young people through education and achievement in the performing arts. Students learn how applying teamwork, integrity, personal leadership, goal setting and discipline contribute to successful future life endeavors. For more information about the 7th Regiment, please visit www.seventhregiment.org.

The Heat Wave’s practice schedule at Brocton is from 10 a.m. to noon July 24. Heat Wave of Florida is committed to bringing education to youth with a passion for music and the marching arts. They aim for the betterment of self-confidence, the furtherance of integrity and continued cultivation of the ability to understand community. These standards are taught in an activity that intertwines physical mastery and artistic potential. To learn more about the Heat Wave, please visit https://heatwavedrumcorps.com.

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For more information on Rhythm at the Rapids or Drums Along the Waterfront, visit www.DrumsAlongTheWaterfront.org. You can also follow Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champions on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DrumsAlongTheWaterfront/ for frequent updates.

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