OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - It was a summer musical party in Ocean Springs Tuesday night as eight of the top marching bands from across the country competed against each other for the best band in the land title.
The sound of horns and drums added to the excitement and passion felt at Greyhound stadium for the Mississippi Sound Spectacular. The event featured eight world-class teams with more than 100 members. They were performing their hearts out for a large crowd.
"This has been likened to Broadway on the field," said Joe Cacibauda, Director of Music for the Ocean Springs School District.
"The live music from each drum corps and the kids that are performing out here giving their hearts to this organization," spectator Nathan Pepper said.
The squads competing are from across the country and have been traveling all summer showcasing their special artistry and unique skills.
"The artistic level is way beyond what we are used to seeing on the field. It is called marching music major league," Cacibauda said.
The teams performing are part of the Nationwide Drum Corps International Competition. The young people are hoping their singing, dancing and musical creativity will help them win. But with all the pageantry, it may be a tough call.
"It is definitely not a normal show where you sit down and watch on TV. It is a whole new experience, especially watching live ," Ocean Springs High School student Zoe Cacibauda said.
Organizers said they want the spectacular showcase to be an inspiration for other local, young musicians.
"When they go away from our show, they are just going to be what we called 'bitten by the drum corps bug,'" Cacibauda said.
Some of the proceeds will go toward helping Ocean Springs High School's marching band. The world class teams will compete in the final world championship in the fall.