Longmont High School drumline readies to defend state title, compete for world championship

The Longmont High School drumline feverishly practiced Thursday afternoon to prepare not just for the winter percussion show on Saturday, but for the next month's high-stakes drumline competitions.

On Saturday, Longmont High School will host 31 schools from around the state for the last competition before state championships on April 14 in Colorado Springs.

The Longmont drumline — comprising 35 high school students from Longmont, Mead, Skyline and Silver Creek high schools — will be performing a program based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Tell-Tale Heart."

The program features a prog-rock arrangement, backlit panels to help tell the story, a foreshortened wood plank floor covering to set the scene, double-sided costumes and a recording of a voice-over actor reading parts of the story.

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