Capitol Hill will be reverberating with the sound of 100’s of drums at the upcoming BDX Drum Competition taking place Saturday 5/19 at Garfield starting at 5pm.
The local elementary schools of Stevens and Lowell both feed into Washington Middle School which in turn sends kids to Garfield. Both upper schools are fortunate to have music as a focal point to their curriculum.
Washington Middle School, the official public middle school of Capitol Hill, has a great music department that has won numerous awards under director Robert Knatt and Ms. Kelly Barr-Clingan.
The Garfield High School Orchestra, under the direction of Marcus Tsutakawa, is one of the preeminent training grounds for young musicians in the Northwest.
But not everyone knows that both these schools also have excellent drumlines, and they’ll both be performing this Saturday May 19th in a BDX Drum Line competition, featuring drumlines from a number of schools from all around the state. The event also features a crowd favorite The Seattle Seahawks Blue Thunder. Also performing will be a local group, the PNW drumline and a group from the Seattle Drum School.
The Garfield drumline performed last month for the ceremony marking the 50th Anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair and shared a stage with local dignitaries including Mayor Mike McGinn. The Garfield drumline also played for Mayor McGinn’s inauguration ceremony.
Here’s a video of the Garfield drumline performing in their dress uniforms. They’ll be more casually dressed at the BDX!