Gloversville to host Drum Corp at Husky Field

City to host Drum Corp at Husky Field

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education approved a resolution Tuesday granting the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth permission to use Husky Field to host a national drum event this summer.

Mayor Dayton King, Councilman-at-Large Vincent DeSantis and CRG President and CEO Ronald Peters approached the board in April asking for use of the field at Park Terrace Elementary to host a Drum Corps International event on Sunday, July 22 from about 7 to 11 p.m.

CRG membership coordinator Becky Hatcher was present during Tuesday’s school board meeting to answer questions from the board about the proposed event and the resolution they were considering to temporarily license use of Husky Field to the CRG.

DCI, otherwise known as Marching Music’s Major League according to the website, is a non-profit group that governs and organizes events featuring traveling groups of competitive drum corps comprised of members aged 13 to 21.

King noted in April the city previously hosted Drum Corps International events in the 1970s and 1980s and typically, once a city is selected to host, they retain the event annually unless the city chooses to stop.

Original plans called for the event to feature five bands, but Hatcher said one of the groups is currently going through a reorganization and had to drop out of the event. DCI is currently seeking a replacement.

Tickets for the event would be $25 per person, if DCI is unable to replace the fifth drum corps, the CRG would request a price reduction. Each drum corps consists of 200 or fewer members.

King assured the school board in April that there would be no cost to the school district and the city would provide additional personnel during the event including police officers, members of the fire department and Department of Public Works employees.

Under the license agreement, the CRG will obtain $2 million in liability insurance for the event with the school district named as additional insured, be responsible for any damage the event may cause to the football field and be responsible for all clean-up and trash removal.

Gloversville Enlarged School District Interim Superintendent Robert DeLilli said the level of insurance and measures in the contract addressed the district’s concerns about liability and potential damage.

The license also grants the school district the right to provide on-site concessions during the event, keeping all of the associated proceeds.

The CRG estimates that anywhere from 1,500 to 2,500 people will attend the event in its first year and anticipate attendance numbers will grow once the annual event is established, likely leading to the engagement of additional drum corps by DCI in subsequent years.

The board and DeLilli responded positively to the sales potential from the event, planning to discuss options with school organizations and clubs to determine interest in running the stand and how responsibilities and proceeds will be shared.

“We could have 2,000 people buying,” DeLilli said. “I’ve spoken to a couple of people about this and I think we’ll be able to come up with a harmonious solution.”

The district also agreed to host the traveling drum corps overnight in one or more of the schools depending on construction projects that will be taking place across the district over the summer. The CRG would be required to secure additional insurance for this additional use of facilities.

The eight Board of Education members in attendance voted to approve the contract allowing the CRG to host the DCI event at Husky Field. Board member Robin Walrath was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.

The CRG is currently working to finalize plans for the DCI event.