JOHNSONBURG – Now in its third year, the Blast in the Burg III drum and bugle corps competition is sure to be another hit with area spectators. This year's show is slated for Tuesday, July 31 at 6 p.m. at Memorial Field in Johnsonburg.
"Due to overwhelming support, there will indeed be a Blast in the Burg III," said organizer Terry Feronti of Johnsonburg.
Advance tickets are available until 3 p.m. on July 24 and may be purchased in Johnsonburg at the Johnsonburg Press office, Johnsonburg Senior Center, Beck's Bar and Grill, Central Hose Hall, and The Old Brickyard; in Ridgway at Cliffe's; Wilcox Beverage in Wilcox; and in St. Marys at Vito's, Ivan's and Printing Plus, as well as at the DuBois and Kane chambers of commerce.
There are separate prices for adults and children under 12. General admission adult tickets at the gate will cost slightly more. Feronti is also offering an option of mailing tickets to spectators as long as the buyer sends a form of payment along with a self-addressed envelope to 534 Glen Hazel Rd., Johnsonburg, PA 15845. All checks should be made payable to Terry Feronti. Any inquiries may be made to his email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Among the open class drum corps competing in this year's show are returning groups 7th Regiment of New London, Conn.; Blue Saints of Ontario, Canada; and Vanguard Cadets of Santa Clara, Calif., along with new participants Raiders of Wayne, N.J., Spirit of Newark from New Jersey and Forte of Dallas, Texas.
"It was wonderful. I loved the crowd," said Feronti, referring to last year's crowd of 1,150 spectators.
As in years past, area schools have agreed to host the visiting drum corps. 7th Regiment is staying at Johnsonburg Area High School and the Blue Saints at Johnsonburg Community Center; the Raiders will be housed at Kane Area Middle School for an additional two days after the competition; the Spirit of Newark will be at Kane Area High School; Forte will be at Ridgway Area High School; and the Vanguard Cadets will potentially be at Youngsville High School, a middle point between Erie and Johnsonburg as the group is returning to Erie for a Saturday competition.
According to Feronti, housing may be subject to change. He said half of the proceeds from the cash drawing held during the event are donated to the host schools.
All of the 2012 competing drum corps finished the 2011 season in the top 20.
"I really don't think I'm going to be able to top that show from last year," Feronti said, noting the 2011 show featured the top three open-class corps. "All efforts are exhausted each year to bring the highest quality lineup of open class corps. Some years I succeed, other years, perhaps not! Circumstances beyond my control and the availability of corps limit which corps will compete in a Blast in the Burg III."
Pick up a copy of the Saturday, June 30, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.