Friday was no walk in
the park, not downtown at Military Park anyway.
It was more like an
invitation to zigzag in and out of a daylong parade. Here and there trumpets screamed while tubas maintained their steady conversation in low, low voices. Then like a metronome, the klatch of snare drums kept a steady beat with its rat-a-tat-tatting. While off to the sides in arc formations, bass drums boomed beneath the blazing sun.
The heat and humidity didn't faze the young men and
women, aged 16-21, who were there practicing their marching formations. They came to focus on their steps, their
notes and the battle that lay before them.
Leading up to the finale of this 44th annual competition of the most elite marching ensembles from around the globe, the 39 drum and bugle corps (each with 150 performing members, plus alternates) traveled thousands of miles across the country this summer and performed in about 30 shows each before reaching the Circle City.
But this week their family members,
fans, fanatics and alums of the organization came to cheer them on and to share in
the excitement of these high-level performances and fierce competitions at Lucas Oil Stadium.
If you didn't get a
chance to catch the performers warm up at the park, entertain crowds
Saturday at Pan Am Plaza and Georgia Street or compete in the stadium, take a
look at what you missed. These pics represent a small sampling of shots from proud
parent photographer, Jon Braude, and one Sky Blue Window "beat" reporter.
SBW congratulates the Blue Devils for winning first place Saturday night and offers props to all the talented performers who allowed Indy to share in their excitement.
Jami Stall, editor of award-winning Sky Blue Window, loves discovering all the arts and cultural activities around Central Indiana. When she isn't writing or shooting pics, she's out and about meeting the people and enjoying the events featured on SBW.