Drums Along the Mohawk returns to Rome
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ROME, N.Y. -- Drums Along the Mohawk returned to Rome Thursday night. Groups of high school and college students from across the country performed in the competition.
Rome is one of several stops on the Drum Corps International World Tour.
After more than three decades, it has grown into a huge community event. Around 5,000 people filled the seats at Rome Free Academy's stadium to listen to the sounds coming from seven drum corps who are of world class distinction.
Organizers say they've developed a reputation they're proud of over the years.
"Every year they come back. Not always the same corps, but our reputation as an event comes back with them, whether they've been here or not. Kids that have been in the chorus for a number of years pass it on to the rookies. The rookies know when they come to Rome, they're going to be taken care of," said Claudette Wire, Drums Along the Mohawk Director.
All the money raised from the event goes to scholarships, clinics and grants for kids in music.