Gloversville readies for special Drum Corp competition

Cavalcade of Champions returning after 30 years

GLOVERSVILLE — City personnel will be on hand during the Drum Corps International 2018 Cavalcade of Champions exhibition this weekend to ensure that things run smoothly as the event returns to the city after nearly 30 years.

The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth worked with the city to secure the DCI event that will be held at Husky Field at Park Terrace Elementary School Sunday at 7 p.m.

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.

Four national drum corps will participate in the city exhibition, competing for a place in this year’s DCI Finals; the 7th Regiment from New London, Conn., the Legends from Kalamazoo, Mich., the Raiders from Burlington, N.J., and The Spartans from Nashua, N.H.

CRG President and CEO Ronald Peters said Tuesday several hundred tickets have already been sold, with the majority of ticket sales expected to occur on the day of the event that is anticipated to draw about 1,000 attendants.

“Our goal for the event was to try to get as many people as we can back into Gloversville, getting as many people into Gloversville, we think is a good economic development tool,” Peters said.

Additionally, each participating drum corps travels with about 100 performers, organizers and chaperones, meaning about 1,400 people will be present at Husky Field on Sunday.

The Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education approved a resolution granting use of the football field for the event in May, with the CRG agreeing to obtain $2 million in liability insurance with the school district named as additional insured and accepting responsibility for any damage the event may cause to the field, all clean-up and trash removal.

The CRG is paying the district $3,072 for use of school facilities for the event itself and for practice space on the turf field at Gloversville High School for the corps before the exhibition, in addition to locker room and building access at the high school and Boulevard Elementary School.

Additionally, the Spartans will pay the district $2,595 to stay overnight at Boulevard Elementary School prior to the event. The remaining corps will stay at other area schools.

The school district was also given the opportunity to exclusively run concessions during the event, with the Board of Education planning to open the option up to school organizations to operate a stand as a fundraiser.

During the event a number of volunteers will be on hand to direct attendants both at the school and at public parking lots downtown where city transit buses will pick people up to bring them to the school.

Mobility Manager Brent Warren said Tuesday two city buses will travel between the school and the Farmers Market Pavilion parking lot before and after the event to ease traffic and parking concerns at the school.

Warren said the 32-passenger buses would operate until everyone had made it to and from the event. Warren noted that there would be a larger number of passengers at the conclusion of the event, but said he did not anticipate any difficulty shuttling people back to their vehicles with many people likely parking elsewhere and the transit system able to move a couple hundred people in about half an hour.

The city and county will provide additional support during the exhibition with city police directing traffic, the Department of Public Works setting up barriers and the city fire department, Fulton County Fire Coordinator and the Ambulance Service of Fulton County on hand.

“It’s pretty much all hands on deck with city departments,” Peters said. “They will pretty much be doing what they do on a daily basis.”

The city had hoped to convince downtown businesses to open during the event due to the large volume of people from outside of the city that are expected, but Councilman-at-Large Vincent DeSantis said this was not feasible.

“It would take a lot to be open on Sunday because they’re normally not open at all, to staff for that would be a major expense for them,” DeSantis said Tuesday.

There had been discussion about organizing an event or vendor fair downtown as well, but plans never materialized. DeSantis said this could be considered in the future if the city becomes a recurring DCI event host.

“We don’t know exactly how this is going to work out, this is kind of a trial run this year. If it becomes a bigger thing in the future I think we’ll be able to plan for it,” DeSantis said. “Anytime that you have an event and you’re welcoming people from outside of the community in it’s a big plus for the city.”

“I hope it’s a big success,” he added.

Advance tickets for the DCI 2018 Cavalcade of Champions at Husky Field on Sunday at 7 p.m. are available now for a discounted rate of $22 per person through the CRG’s website at fccrg.org or for $25 cash at the CRG’s office and the Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market. Day of tickets will be available for purchase at Husky Field for $28 per person beginning at 5 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Special group pricing is also available, for more information contact Becky Hatcher at (518) 725-7700 or email at beckyh@fccrg.org.

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