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January 27, 2009
Contact: Press & Media Relations Coordinator (703-993-8794)

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Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009 at 7 p.m. 


FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 27, 2009DRUMLINE LIVE brings show-style marching bands from the college football field to the theatrical stage for the first time. A tradition at historically black colleges and universities, these percussion driven performances captured the attention of the American public with the hit movie "DRUMLINE." Center audiences will have the opportunity to witness this amazing ensemble of marching bands when they visit George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. This is a glimpse into an American experience that many have never seen before – a historic tradition alive with intensity and passion. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

Featuring a large class of colorful and flamboyant college performers, the production presents the rousing and rhythmic sounds of the great brass past including Earth, Wind and Fire and Tower of Power side by side with the hottest contemporary hip-hop and R&B groups. The stirring sound of trumpets, explosive choreography and incredible feats of athleticism from the steppers and dancers bring audiences to their feet during every performance. But the heart of the show is unquestionably the talented group of black percussionists whose spectacular showdown astounds with its precision and pulsing force.

Historically black colleges and universities are institutions of higher learning that were established before 1964 with the intention of serving the African-American community. There are currently more than 100 historically black colleges in the United States, located almost exclusively in the Southeast. The tradition of show style marching bands began more than 50 years ago at Florida A&M University. The bands began in support of college football teams, but evolved into a sport of its own with characteristic high stepping, high energy and an exciting diverse musical repertoire. Competitions such as the Big Southern Classic and the Bayou Classic draw an audience of roughly 60,000 fans each – a testament to the popularity of the sport. The 20th Century Fox movie "DRUMLINE" helped the tradition capture the attention and imagination of the American public.


The Center for the Arts is pleased to recognize the generous support of PNC and the PNC Foundation as sponsor of the 2008-09 Great Performances at Mason Season.

Tickets for DRUMLINE LIVE are $44, $36, $22 Family Friendly!  All children, 12 and under, half price! Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.

About George Mason University

George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 35 law schools in the United States.