The Lloydminster Public School Division Drumline has some gold to take home from the 2018 Alberta Drumline finals.
The event saw teams from around the province compete in Drumline and colour guard. The LPSD team, which is made up of 16 students from schools in Lloydminster between grades 7 and 12, took first place in the concert class series, with a score of 77.7.
Band Teacher at Bishop Lloyd Middle School and coach of the Drumline Barrett Swendsen says he’s extremely proud of the team.
“They’ve worked really hard this year, we’ve overcome a lot of adversity, getting new drums the week before the competitions and trying to get them ready. It was a lot of work but they pulled it off.”
The Drumline has been around for around five years, and got enough interest students across the school district wanting to join the team that they could compete. One of those students was Bishop Lloyd grade 7 Aiden Mark, who said this win was “amazing” and that he was happy all the team’s work paid off.
“The amazing music we play, and how coordinated we can be, we almost work like a metronome. We all need to be on the time at the same part.”
This is not the first time the Drumline has placed in the competition, they also won third last year. Swendsen says that next finals the LPSD Drumline will compete in the intermediate class , which will also involve more instruments and marching formations instead of standing in place.