Lone Star Classic just a drum beat away

Marcus High School will be among many performing in the Lone Star Classic on Nov. 8 at Marcus Stadium off Morriss Road in Flower Mound.

The competition, which features percussionists from campuses across the region, begins at 8:15 a.m. and will end at 11 p.m.

Drumlines perform in one of five classifications based on the number of competitors ranging from less than 20 to more than 30. The competition includes Division I Standstill and Division II Standstill – the difference between the two being experience and skill. An additional category is created for those who include a marching drill.

Last year, ticket costs were $8 per adult and $5 per student to watch the drumline performances throughout the day. Tickets can be purchased at the gate.

“For more than 20 years now, the Marcus Percussion organization has been honored to sponsor and host this great drum line
competition, which typically hosts about 80 drum lines across the marching and standstill divisions.  It’s a great opportunity for students and musicians in the area to see the region’s best drum lines all in one day,” said Kennan Wylie, percussion director with Marcus High School.

The award-winning Marcus percussion group, as host school, will perform an exhibition of this year’s drum show, called Percussive Rhapsody.

Through the years of competition, the Lone Star Classic has grown from having seven drumlines perform on a cold day in 1993 at the Vista Ridge Amphitheater in Lewisville to becoming the largest high school drumline contest in the state, drawing groups from all across the state as well as from neighboring states.

Each year, an estimated 1,000 to 2,000 students walk onto the field to perform during the Lone Star Classic.

In 2008, 67 drumlines performed at Goldsmith Stadium. In 2010, when the Lone Star Classic moved to the then new Marcus Stadium in Flower Mound, more than 80 drumlines participated.


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