Musicianship, showmanship showcased as 5 high schools compete in high-energy MPS drum line festival

Three middle school drum lines will also perform at the event, now in its 11th year

MILWAUKEE – Drum lines from five MPS high schools will showcase their musicianship and showmanship in a high-energy competition Saturday as they seek top honors at the 11th Annual MPS Drum Line Festival.


The Audubon, Bay View, Reagan College Prep and Riverside University high school drum lines — as well as the Rufus King International junior varsity drum line — will take on the reigning champion: King varsity.

Middle school drum lines from Bay View Middle and High School, Lincoln Center of the Arts and Wedgewood Park International School will also perform.

The event is open to the public and set for 12 noon on Saturday, December 7 at King, 1801 W. Olive Street, Milwaukee 53209. Tickets are $3.

Music has been a key part of MPS’ efforts to bring more art, music and physical education specialists into schools. More than 90 art/music/PE specialist positions have been added over the past two years.

“We’re excited to see a group of very talented young musicians take the stage Saturday!” MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said. “Many thanks to all the students, their families and our staff for all their commitment to music and to making this event a great success every year.”


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