Arts & Entertainment

Follow the beat to Pasco

For centuries, drums have been used to recharge the spirit and soothe the soul.

Native Americans beat on drums in war and in peace, but mostly the percussion instruments are used to entertain.

On July 6, the pounding of drums will bounce off the Horse Heaven Hills as the Drums Along the Columbia gets under way at 7 p.m. at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco.

"Drums Along the Columbia is a wonderful opportunity to see some of the finest drum and bugle corps in the world in a fun, family friendly environment," said Maria Allen, chairwoman for the event.

The event is a collaboration between band booster clubs from Hanford High, Kamiakin High, Kennewick High, Pasco High and Southridge High.

There will also be five bands from across the U.S. performing at the Tri-City show along with the local high school corps. Visiting bands include Santa Clara Vanguard from Santa Clara, Calif., Troopers from Casper, Wyo., the Blue Knights from Denver, the Cascades from Seattle, and the Oregon Crusaders from Portland.

Four members of the Blue Knights and six members of the Seattle Cascades are current and former Tri-City students.

In the Seattle Cascades group are: Scott Berkey and Amanda Reeder from Kamiakin High, Aaron Lane and Marshall Corey from Kennewick High, and Tyler Treadway and Trevor McLean from Hanford High.

Blue Knights band members are: Bruce Barrett from Pasco High, Tanner Cornell, Rudy Guidry and Jose Lazaro, all from Columbia Basin College.

"There are so many Tri-City kids who have gone on to join more advanced drum corps," Allan said. "Whenever this event comes to town it's like a homecoming show for them."

Gates open at 6 p.m. with a preshow festivities at 6:15 p.m. Cost is $12 in advance for general admission or $18 for reserved seats. The price at the gate will be $15 general and $20 reserved.