A progressive drum and bugle corps?

by Michael Popke

A drummer friend and I got to chatting in the stands at a swim meet in Baraboo, Wis., over the weekend, and he mentioned Teal Sound — a drum and bugle corps from Jacksonville, Fla., that, get this, performs progressive-metal songs. The group boasts 135 high school and college students between the ages of 15 and 21, and its current repertoire is titled “In the Presence of Enemies,” named after a Dream Theater cut from 2007’s Systematic Chaos. It features the music of Dream Theater, Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess, and Coheed and Cambria.

“Teal is no stranger to Dream Theater, having performed their music in 2004, but this year’s rendition finds instrumentation more appropriate to the show’s musical genre, as they once again incorporate members of a rock band into the pit,” according to the Drum Corps Planet web site, which reported on a recent Teal Sound performance in Bowling Green, Ohio. “The show is very aggressive, both in performance and design, and Teal makes the most of it, especially in percussion, with some strong beats thrown down by the line throughout.”

Here’s a cool YouTube clip of Teal Sound in a practice performance of “In the Presence of Enemies.” It’s amazing how well progressive metal translates to this setting. It gave me goose bumps.


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