Cavalcade of Champions offer BOGO deal

GLOVERSVILLE — The deal to see the Cavalcade of Champions drum corp event this Sunday just got better.

The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth is offering a buy one adult ticket, get one child ticket free deal to the Cavalcade of Champions Drum Corps Exhibition, according to a news release.

In addition, it has been announced that a performance by the Mohawk Valley’s Avant Guard Alumni Drum Line will also be part of the event.

It’s been 30 years since Fulton County has heard the sounds of the drum corps and the show is expected to welcome them back with style.

The Cavalcade of Champions will be a high-energy choreographed performance featuring dozens of marching drummers, brass musicians and costumed color guard performers.

“We don’t want the next generation of Drum Corps Fans to miss out, so we are offering this special BOGO deal,” stated the news release.

The Cavalcade of Champions will be held on Sunday at Husky Football Field.

Tickets are available online at www.fccrg.org/events-in-fulton-county/cavalcade-of-champions/ or at local venues. Tickets will also be available at the gate.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. show.

The buy-one-get-one-child free offer is only available through CRG offices and the day of the event.

According to the release, there are now five corps performing in Husky Football Field at Gloversville’s Park Terrace School, 50 Bloomingdale Ave.

Four of the corps are competing for a place in this year’s DCI Nationals Finals and will be performing their 2018 repertoires.

The four competing corps are:

∫ 7th Regiment of New London, CT. 7th Regiment takes its name from the last Civil War unit to leave Fort Trumbull in the corps’ hometown.

After first competing in 2003, “7R” has been an Open Class finalist each year since 2009 and is the current three-time defending DCI Drum Line Battle Champion.

7th Regiment represents the local community in New London and the state of Connecticut. They will perform “In a Different Light.”

∫ Legends of Kalamazoo, MI. Established in 2006, Legends Performing Arts sponsors the Legends Drum & Bugle Corps, Legends Drum Corps Open (Southwest Michigan DCI event), and Legends Drum Corps Invitational (Southeast Michigan DCI event).

First competing at the DCI World Championships in 2008, Legends have been recognized with a string of Most Improved Open Class Corps awards in 2009, 2012, and 2015.

The Kalamazoo based group has finished as an Open Class finalist every year since 2009 and recently was an Open Class Bronze Medalist in 2016 and 2017.

The Legends will be performing “Along Came a Spider.”

∫ Raiders of Burlington, NJ. The New Jersey-based Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps was founded in 1990.

First competing regionally in 1991, the group made its inaugural trip to the DCI World Championships a year later. A finalist in its division every year since 2001, Raiders won the DCI Division III World Championship title in 2005. The drum corps operates as part of the A+ Education and Performing Arts organization.

The Raiders will perform “Beowulf: Rise of a Legend.”

∫ The Spartans of Nashua, NH. The Spartans have laid claim to four DCI Division II World Championship titles since its founding in 1955, most recently in 2007. The corps has earned numerous silver and bronze medals and was the 1999 Spirit of Disney award winner.

The only competitive drum corps in New Hampshire, Spartans have had the privilege of playing for eight different United States presidents.

The Spartans will be performing “Da Vinci’s Workshop.”

The Mohawk Valley’s very own Avant Guard Alumni Drumline is now scheduled to open the show.

The drumline was formed in October of 2010 by Jim and Dan Crawford, two former snare drummers of the Avant Garde Drum and Bugle Corps.

The corps existed from 1975 to 1985, and all those years later, Jim and Dan put out a call to see if any of the old crew had a yearning to play again. It turns out, a bunch of the guys wanted to come back together. And, with that, “A.G.A.D.” was born.

The line is fresh off the Saratoga Flag Day parade and were joined by 150 of their closest friends — a reuniting of the old drum corps.

Avant Garde Drum and Bugle Corps was resurrected and blew the walls down to a “packed house,” according to the release.

The corps had 65 horns and 40 color guard and featured a 15 person snare line.

AGAD will play selections including “Waldo”, “Jay Walking”, “No Solo for Old Men” and “Quarter Master.”

Pre-event tickets can be purchased online from CRG’s website www.fccrg.org (under the events tab) via credit/debit card.

Pre-event tickets can also be purchased locally (cash only) for $22 per person at the Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market, 30 N. Main St., and CRG’s office at 34 W. Fulton St.

Day of event tickets will also be available at Husky Field for $28 per person. The BOGO tickets must be purchased at CRG offices, or the day of the event. They are not available online.

Special group pricing is also available.

For more information, call (518) 725-7700 or email Becky Hatcher at beckyh@fccrg.org.

On the day of the event, spectator parking around the event site will be at a premium. The Gloversville Transit System will be providing shuttle services for spectators from the Elm Street public parking lots in downtown Gloversville to the Park Terrace School. This will also allow attendees the opportunity to arrive early and visit the restaurants and shops along downtown Gloversville’s Main Street.

Look for event parking maps and bus schedules at www.fccrg.org, under the events tab.

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