NBA’s Bucks Unveil Drum Line
Quite an interesting story out of the great white north, AKA Milwaukee, Wisconsin, AKA where NBA teams go to lose 50 games a year. But at least the Milwaukee Bucks have some musical taste. I’ve heard of professional teams having bands and music at their games, but a full blown drum line? New to me.
Basketball fans who attended the Saturday, February 7th Milwaukee Bucks game against the Detroit Pistons saw the debut of the team’s newest game night entertainers – the Cascio Interstate Milwaukee Bucks Wild! Drumline, sponsored by Cascio Interstate Music. The percussion ensemble performed for fans during the first quarter break of the February 7th game in Milwaukee.
“Cascio Interstate Music is proud to partner with the Milwaukee Bucks in an effort to provide another unique opportunity for Bucks fans to be entertained at select games,”said Cascio Interstate Music’s CEO Michael Houser. “All of us at Cascio believe that this is an excellent chance to experience the excitement of a live 21 member drumline and that this will help inspire and encourage fans of all ages to pick up any kind of musical instrument and play.”
The group was selected via an open audition that was advertised exclusively on www.bucks.com and features 21 percussionists – eight on snare drums, three on tenor drums, five on bass drums and five on cymbals. Cascio Interstate Music has outfitted the entire squad with Pearl equipment and instruments.
“We are excited to add the drumline to our game night repertoire and we’re energized by our partnership with Cascio Interstate Music,”said Bucks Vice President of Business Operations John Steinmiller. “These accomplished and trained percussionists will bring a high-energy performance to Bucks home games. Our relationship with Cascio Interstate will build on the Bucks Wild! success and offer additional cross-marketing opportunities.”
The Cascio Interstate Milwaukee Bucks Wild! Drumline will perform at eight of Milwaukee’s 18 remaining home games. The partnership includes title sponsorship of the drumline; drumline uniform presence; Bucks ticket and website activities; and collaborative projects between Cascio Interstate and the Bucks.
The Bucks Wild! page on the Milwaukee Bucks’ website is: www.nba.com/bucks/features/drumline_home.html, where you may view a video of the Wild!’s first performance plus additional photos.