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In Drumline, Nick Cannon plays the talented, but overzealous street drummer, Devon, who is recruited to college and immediately wows the band director with his natural knack for the snare. Devon quickly rises in the band ranks, with only one obstacle blocking his path to glory -- his classically trained nemesis, band leader Sean Taylor. The two musicians clash constantly, Devon's rebellious nature rubs Sean the wrong way, but when Devon's Achilles heal is divulged (he can't read music) the two men have even more to squabble over. The two drummers duke it out for the Band Director's praise, and it becomes a competition of Devon's natural talent and charisma versus Sean's perfectionism and rigid training. The film ends with a climactic, make-you-wanna-jump-off-the-bleachers-and-dance, scene, during which Devon transforms into a real team player for the first time in his life.
Drumline gave us a whole new reason to get out to a local football game, where we soon realized how much more there is to do under the Friday Night Lights then just root for the quarterback. When the pristine turf field at our local high school got lights, night games became the Friday destination for the whole community. Even if you don't know players on the field, attending a Homecoming game is the perfect time to check out the marching band; as the less-then-passionate football fans in our group quickly realized, there is as much action on the sidelines and in the stands as on the field. We were enthralled by the band -- impressed with the organization, unity and talent necessary to make a musical production to run smoothly. Even from our vantage point, we could easily spot the group's superstars but our sports savvy tweener pointed out that there the band star was just like the quarterback; he wouldn't look as good unless everyone on the team was doing their best, as well. Band requires just as much of a team effort as football -- and, as we mothers noted, with a lot less injury!
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Tune Into Your Local Marching Band at a Football Game
Age Recommendation: All ages
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