They march with pride and purpose, playing drums of different shapes and sizes.
“I like the loudness of it,” says Isaiah West, a student bass player.
“The Amistad Drumline with the cultural dance team and the color guard, come together to make the Marching Wolves,” says drumline director William Cayer of the band from Achievement First Amistad High School in New Haven.
The group is gearing-up for a huge event – the upcoming Greater New Haven Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.
“We do the parade because this is our home city. New Haven. Our students go to school in New Haven, live in New Haven,” explains Cayer.
It’s the fourth time the band will be appearing in the parade – showing off their rhythmic teamwork.
“It’s a really a nice environment. All the players – we have a nice bond with each other,” says junior Britney Russell.
“For me, Drumline is a family where you don’t have any arguments,” says sophomore Elijah Floyd.
“Also, it gets you prepared for if you want to do marching band in college. That’s why I also like it,” says West, a sophomore, who is ready to walk miles with his bulky bass. “It is kind of a back-breaker but you get used to it after awhile!”
He and his fellow music makers can’t wait for Sunday’s spectacle – a day that can’t be beat.
“Excitement, adrenaline rush. Yeah, it will be the best time ever,” says Russell.
“I like the Saint Patricks Day Parade because it gives me a positive feeling and good energy,” says Floyd.
“I’m very proud of the kids. They’re awesome,” says Cayer. “They give me life. They’re so much fun to work with.”
Whether it’s rainy, snowy or hopefully sunny – the Amistad Drumline will be at the parade on Sunday, sharing their talents with the excited crowd.
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