|I was disappointed in Drumline Live because I expected the entire show to be about . . . well, the drumline. It's not. I invited my niece to the show, who plays drums in her high schools marching band, and she turned to her dad and asked him, "Where are the drums?" I actually think the show should be called Brassline Live, since most of the show features horns.
The first half of the program introduces audiences to the music that historically black college and university (HBCU) marching bands perform, but I didn't think it was necessary to explain the significance of Motown or any other musical genre, since it's self-evident on what type of music HBCU marching bands use during their performances. Moreover, to watch cast members impersonate the likes of Tina Turner, Diana Ross and the Supremes, and The Temptations seemed, as one of my relatives put it, "very Bush Garden like." I'm not saying the cast doesn’t have heart or that they’re not talented, because they are very talented, but it's hard to pull off stellar performances of such mega stars of the past. Moreover, the first half of the show is too drawn out, and it lacks the most important element of the story--the drumline.
The second half of the show, however, is where audiences will get their money's worth, because it's when you see drum performances. The engaging emcee announces the drumline—finally—as the show winds down, and he shouts to the audience, “What's the name of the show?" I wanted to shout back, "That's precisely my question!" The Drumline Live needs more marching bands with MORE drumming. As it stands now, the title of the show is very deceptive, because patrons aren't getting what they're promised.
||Middle age female||02-23-09
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