FARMINGTON — The eye-catching choreography and foot-tapping rhythm of an international touring group that bases its performances on marching band routines is coming to Farmington later this month.
The Atlanta, Ga., based "Drumline Live" will come to the Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 22. The show is loosely based on the 2002 movie "Drumline," and brings drums, brass and stylized marching maneuvers to the stage.
"The choreography with the drums is supposed to be amazing," said Tara Churchill, Farmington Civic Center Foundation President. "I encourage parents to bring their kids, especially if they're involved in band or orchestra (programs)."
The group is on its fourth U.S. tour, and will conduct a special performance and workshop for high-school students involved in music programs, she said.
"This (show) caught our attention," Churchill said. "We love involving kids in anything."
Bringing acts to the Farmington area can be a challenge, and the 2012-2013 season was no exception, she said.
"Few shows are traveling," she said. "We only had about eight shows to choose from."
Many shows limit their tours to the country's coastal areas or larger metropolitan areas because of rising fuel prices and the high cost of touring, she said.
Although she has not seen the live production, Churchill said she saw the 2002 movie that inspired the production.
"I think people will like it because it's not your typical musical," she said.
The tradition of performance drumlines began with "Historically Black Colleges and Universities," a group of educational institutions centered in the southeastern U.S. and mostly attended by African Americans.
Show style marching bands grew from these colleges and universities and are now sports in their own right. Events like the Honda Battle of the Bands draw large crowds, and organizations such as Drum Corps International boast thousands of members nationwide.
"It's not too many times that you have a marching band on stage," said Reginald Brayon, company manager and producer for "Drumline Live." "It's probably something that (people in Farmington) have never experienced."
The marching style differs from a traditional style because of its faster tempo, higher knees and inclusion of popular music, he said.
"The closest style is probably the Big Ten marching bands," Brayon said.
Tickets for, "Drumline Live," range from $20 to $40, said Lisa Hutchens, Civic Center supervisor. Seating is reserved and the center holds about 1,200 people. Tickets are now on sale to the general public.
The Civic Center Ticket Office and Miriam M. Taylor Theater is located in the Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St. Tickets are available at the box office, or online at webtrac.fmtn.org. Call 505-599-1148 for more information.