Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps to play here

July 23, 2009

The Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps will be in town July 28 and 29, providing a unique opportunity for local high school marching band members and the community to see the corps practice for their next competition.

Their final destination is the Drum Corps International World Championships in Indianapolis in early August. The corps is being hosted by the South Hagerstown High School marching band.

Jersey Surf is based in Berlin, N.J. Its exhibition debut was in 1991.

The corps has earned the title of DCI Open Class Finalist nine times and is a two time DCI Atlantic Open champion. Most recently, it was recognized as the 2007 DCI Open Class silver medalist and 2008 DCI Open Class bronze medalist.

The 130- to 150-member corps, selected by an audition process, is made up of student musicians ranging in age from 14 to 21.


2009 South High graduate Craig Hammond is a member of the corps for the second year in a row. He is going to Towson University in the fall to study music education.

The corps' practices are open to the public on July 28 and 29. Their schedule runs from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, with three meal breaks.

They will run a free show performance for the community on Wednesday, July 29, at 8:15 p.m. at South Hagerstown High School. Arrive early to catch the end of their rehearsal.

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