DRUMLine Live, the show stopping attraction created by the musical team behind the hit movies, “Drumline” and “Drumline: A New Beat,” embodies the soulful, high stepping style of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching band experience. With its riveting rhythms, bold beats, and ear grabbing energy, DRUMLine Live is a high octane musical roller coaster ride that is guaranteed to touch every emotion in your body. The stage show is a synchronized musical showcase of the HBCU experience. Incorporating original compositions and soul infused interpretations of top 40 hits, group performances range from colorful, choreographed routines to heavy doses of drum riffs and cadences.
Don P. Roberts, musical director, was inspired by the hit 2002 movie “Drumline” starring Nick Cannon and Orlando Jones. Roberts adapted the band’s original outdoor show to thrill audiences with a new version, to be performed live on stage. “DRUMLine Live” presents the sounds of the great brass past, including Earth, Wind and Fire and Tower of Power side – by -side with the hottest contemporary hiphop and R&B. The “DRUMLine Live” cast, assembled from Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country, is comprised of approximately 40 members who storm the stage for performances ranging from colorful, choreographed routines. Roberts credits the 2002 movie for brining excitement and relevancy to a wide demographic, but promises the stage version of “DRUMLine Live” will be even more emotional and intense. “It’s the rare show that can bring together the generation that relates to the Jackson Five or James Brown, with their kids or grandkids who listen to top 40,” says Roberts. “It is also the type of show that people will want to see over and over again. Each time they see it, it will have a different musical and emotional effect.” “DRUMLine Live” opened to rave reviews in January 2009 and is currently on tour in North America.
About the Creator:
Mr. Don P. Roberts, M.M.ED. served as the Executive Band Consultant for the Twentieth Century Fox hit movie, “Drumline.” He was responsible for training the actors, writing the precision drills and rehearsing the band. As the chief band consultant, he played a vital role in the making of “Drumline” and its success. The movie received national and international acclaim. In 2003, it was nominated by the NAACP as “Most Outstanding Motion Picture.” It was also nominated for an “American Choreography Award” for outstanding achievement in a feature film. Mr. Roberts was also appointed as the Executive Band Consultant for the VH1 and Fox Television Studios movie, “Drumline: A New Beat,” which is the long awaited sequel to “Drumline.” The movie premiered on VH1 in October 2014 and was nominated for “Best Music Supervision” for Television: Long Form and Movies, by the Guild of Music Supervisors. Every year VH1 reairs “Drumline: A New Beat” in honor of Black History month, as recent as February 2016. Mr. Roberts’ theatrical leadership experience includes a long and successful tenure as the Director, Playwright, and Musical Director of the critically acclaimed theatrical production, “DRUMLine Live,” which toured all across the U.S., Japan, and Korea from 2008 – 2013.
The DRUMLine Live tour was managed by Columbia Artist Management Incorporated (CAMI). DRUMLine Live is now working in collaboration with the Creative Booking Agency (CBA) in preparation for the upcoming 2017 Tour and beyond. As a director, musician, consultant, and playwright, Mr. Roberts has worked extensively with some of the premiere theatrical and movie directors and producers in America. In 1996 he worked with Emmy Award winner Kenny Ortega (Best known for “High School Musical”) in preparation for the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. During the 1996 Olympics Mr. Roberts also worked with 15 time Emmy Award winning director and producer, Don Mischer. In addition to working with “Drumline” and “Drumline: A New Beat” Hollywood movie directors, Charles Stone and Billie Woodruff, Mr. Roberts worked extensively with the Walt Disney Company’s, Marilyn Magness in preparation for the inaugural year of the theatrical production, DRUMLine Live (formerly Halftime Live).
Most recently, Mr. Roberts is working with Director Rob Hardy on the upcoming 2017 Black Entertainment Television series, “THE QUAD,” which chronicles the daily exploits of the fictional Historically Black College and University, Georgia A&M University. Some of Mr. Roberts’ other accomplishments include a recent March 2016 performance for more than 8000 Googlers at the Google (Engage) Worldwide Convention in Anaheim, California. He was also the Associate Producer and Executive Band Consultant for the ESPNU television series, “The Battle,” which featured some of America’s best Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching bands.
The five series weekly show debuted in the fall of 2010. In 2009, Mr. Roberts served as the Musical Director and Executive Band Consultant for the “Black College Football Xperience” video game by Neriyzed Game Studios (bcfxgame.com). Mr. Roberts also choreographed the drills and routines for the popular Nature’s Own Whitewheat Bread commercial which featured marching bands and debuted during the 2005 Super Bowl. In 2005, Mr. Roberts also worked as the Executive Band Consultant on the Missy Elliot hit song, “Bad Man,” from her album, “The Cookbook.”
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