The speed and power of marching music and stock car racing meet Saturday, September 7 as the combined corps of Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!), the Cadets and Crossmen, have accepted an invitation to perform at the opening ceremonies of the Chevy Monte Carlo 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Race, Saturday evening, September 7 at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., before 100,000 spectators at the track and an audience of several million on TNT Broadcast Network.George Hopkins, executive director, was proud in accepting another invitation for the YEA! corps to perform before a worldwide audience. "We have been involved in many of these kind of events and the thrill is definitely being in front of 100,000 people and being on live TV." Hopkins adds, "It will be crazy, wild and frustrating, but in the end it will be a fabulous experience for all. An added bonus -- we do get to put the uniforms on one more time to represent our corps, fans, sponsors and the drum corps activity as a whole."While the final performance details are still being arranged, the corps will be playing "God Bless America," the Star Spangled Banner and perhaps another selection as part of the pre-race ceremonies at the Richmond, Va. facility. The corps members are flying and driving from all points across the country. The expectation is for 80 brass and 20 percussion to be on hand. Rehearsals are for two hours and then the performance begins.The Cadets and Crossmen have made many appearances at special events and entertainment premieres over the past decade including the Closing Ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, the 1996 MLB All-Star Game, the Today Show and most recently the Late Show with David Letterman in November 2001.
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