The Seattle Cascades, the oldest and most honored drum and bugle corps in the Pacific Northwest, is currently on a 10,000-mile, 16-state tour performing in 24 competitions throughout the country.
The journey culminates at the Drum Corps International World Championships, to be held in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Aug. 10 to 12.
The Cascades will be hosting a special viewing party of the preliminary competition featuring all of the competing corps on Thursday, Aug. 10.
This one-of-a-kind live simulcast event will be held all day beginning at 7 a.m. at Haynes Hall at McMenamins Anderson School in Bothell.
You will not only see these outstanding musicians perform on a 12- by 20-foot screen but you can participate in a silent auction which will benefit the Seattle Cascades.
No host food and beverages will be served. A suggested donation of $20 for adults and $10 for children under 10 years old may be made in advance at http://www.seattlecascades.org/viewingparty or at the door.
Based in Seattle, this 150-member privately funded nonprofit organization relies on the generosity of businesses and individuals to support its $700,000 budget to put the corps on the road each year.
The Cascades recently hosted seven outstanding drum corps in its Seafair-sanctioned event, the Seattle Summer Music Games, before a sold-out audience at Shoreline Stadium.
The corps is currently wowing audiences across the country with its 2017 production, “Set Free.”
Inspired by the poem “Caged Birds” by Maya Angelou, the Cascades’ show includes musical selections by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Philip Glass, Eric Whitacre, Dmitri Shostakovich and Sia. “The caged bird sings, with a fearful trill of things unknown, but longed for still….” These are the words and musical elements of the Cascades’ most ambitious, inspiring and sophisticated show ever.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see this wonderful production and many others Aug. 10 on the big screen at McMenamins in Bothell.
Seattle Cascades Drum Corps was founded in 1966. Each summer, the Cascades embark on a national performance tour.