Drum corps will perform Friday at UW-Whitewater
WHITEWATER — Music will fill Perkins Stadium on Friday at UW-Whitewater for the Whitewater Classic drum corps competition.
The first two Drum Corps International championships were held at Perkins Stadium after the corps was established in 1972.
In 2011, the tour returned to Whitewater for the Whitewater Classic organized by the Madison Scouts.
Dann Petersen, corps director of Madison Scouts, said UW-Whitewater is ideally suited as a tour stop.
"It's obviously historic for us and for the activity—it's kind of a Lambeau Field of drum corps," Petersen said. "The other reason is that the venue itself is made for what we do. It's a huge stadium, it's all concrete so it traps the sound, it's just an excellent place to watch drum corps."
Geography also plays in Whitewater's favor.
"There aren't all that many shows in southcentral Wisconsin anymore," Petersen said. "About 10 years ago, you could find a dozen or so shows a summer, and now that's down to probably three or four total."
Nine corps, most of them from Wisconsin, will perform at the Whitewater Classic.
When Drum Corps International first began, it drew only performers from the Midwest, said Chris Weber, senior manager of communications for the corps.
As the popularity of the corps and tours grew, it attracted attention from around the United States and the rest of the world.
The Whitewater Classic is among more than 100 events in the Drum Corps International tour. Petersen said long-time drum corps fans travel the United States to watch the performances.
The corps hopes the Whitewater Classic attracts local fans looking for something to do during the Fourth of July weekend, Petersen said.