MEDFORD, Ore. — Some of the country’s top bands are tuning up for the 4th annual ‘Beat of the Rogue.’ Talented musicians from around the world are taking the stage at U.S. Cellular Park.
Preparations for the ‘Beat of the Rogue’ have a beat of their own. With marked seats, U.S. Cellular Park is ready for the real beat. Five of the most distinguished drum and bugle corps teams in the country spent Thursday practicing for the big show.
From the color guard to the percussionist, the teams are ready for the 6:30p.m. showtime.
“It’s like marching band on steroids, think about music as color and movement,” explains Quinnian Picton.
For the fourth year some 500 musicians and athletes will take the field, performing in front of about 12-hundred people. Of the five teams, the largest, is the ‘Blue Knights’.
One of the 150 performers, Kaley Baum, says the show is about spreading the word of music, “Just how everybody loves what they do, it just brings people together and puts that joy back out into the world.”
And they promise to deliver much more than joy.
“It’s kind of like Broadway blast stomp, but we run around all summer and do it on the field,” adds another Blue Knights member Zachariah Davis.
The several sections practicing during the day come together putting more than 100 people on the field.
“Just the presentation itself … it’s breathtaking, it’s amazing to see it and hear and feel the music,” Picton adds.
Creating a beat… that goes on.