10th MPS High School Battle of the Drum Lines set for Saturday

MILWAUKEE – The returning champion Rufus King International School drum line will take on challengers from Audubon Technology and Communication High School, Bay View High School, Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School and Riverside University High School in the 10th annual Milwaukee Public Schools High School Battle of the Drum Lines. 

The competition, which is open to the public, is set for noon on Saturday, December 1 at Rufus King, 1801 W. Olive Street, Milwaukee 53209.

Defending champions Rufus King International School after winning the 2011 Battle of the Drum Lines

Defending champions Rufus King International School after winning the 2011 Battle of the Drum Lines

Four judges will evaluate the drum lines on musicianship, technique, musical/visual content, repertoire and showmanship. Winners take home a trophy – and bragging rights.

“This is a great tradition that lets our high school students showcase their musical talent,” MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said. “Many thanks to the students – and the parents and teachers who support them. They make this wonderful competition a success every year.” 

Milwaukee Public Schools is Wisconsin’s largest school district, serving nearly 80,000 students in more than 160 schools across the city. U.S. News and World Report named MPS’ Rufus King International School and Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School the two best high schools in the state and among the 200 best in the country in 2012. In the past year, Milwaukee Public Schools posted a growing graduation rate 17 points higher than the rate for 2000.