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Hall High School Richard Nesti Stadium was brought to life Wednesday night with flapping flags, pounding drums, marching feet and other musical instruments. Spring Valley hosted its third International Drum Crops Competition: Music to the Core III with eight corps competing. Bob Zeglis, co-chairman for the event along with city economic director Debb Ladgenski, said the event was started two years ago coinciding with the city’s 125th anniversary. He said they thought it would be something that would generate excitement in the town and connect with its past. “There’s been a lot of history of music in Spring Valley and we thought this would be a good way to continue that,” he added. The competition has grown over the years from five corps its first year to eight competing this year. Zeglis said the corps are assigned to them by Drum Corps International. The corps competing were Genesis from Edinburg, Texas, 7th Regiment from New London, Conn., Legends from Kalamazoo, Mich., Raiders from Burlington, N.J. and the Colt Cadets from Dubuque, Iowa. Also, two international teams competed Taipei Yuehfu from Taipei City, Taiwan and Les Stentors from Sherbrooke, Quebec. Zeglis said it had been eight years since the Taiwan group competed in the U.S. A rather large crowd showed up to the event to watch the corps. Counting and cheers could be heard in English, French and Taiwanese. Several judges from across the nation walked around and recorded comments on each performance from visual to sound aspects. Zeglis said the corps have been traveling to compete for positions in the Drum Crops International Word Championships in Indianapolis. Brian Zeglis, music coordinator for the Colt Cadets and native of Spring Valley, said the kids in his corps started practicing every other weekend in February. In June, the Colts went to fulltime practices six days a week for eight hours. They also practiced on the road as Brian explained the group left its performance last night at 11 p.m., arrived in Spring Valley at 6:30 a.m. and started practicing for last night’s competition at 9 a.m. “We really try to instill in them the enjoyment of setting goals, then failing at it at first, then improving themselves to get to that goal,” he said. Brian said that by working with the kids it does the same for him. “Everyday I have to improve myself because they are going to push me harder and harder,” he said. “If I don’t keep up, then I’m in trouble.” Brian said the Colts performance was called “Red” and brought out four emotions associated with that color, including anger, romance, love and pride. “They really love to get the response from (the crowd) in the show to show their hard work,” he said.
Alicia LeGrand-Riniker can be reached at (815) 220-6931.strib.com.
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