“(An) energetic and vibrant new musical phenomenon.” – Broadwayworld.com
“DRUMline Live” is a show-stopping production created by the musical team behind the hit films “Drumline” and “Drumline: A New Beat,” based on the marching band tradition of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Incorporating original compositions and fresh interpretations of Top 40 hits, the show offers a musical showcase of synchronized ensemble performances, including athletic step routines, hot drum rhythms, and adrenaline-pumping drumline cadences that will have audience members clapping along.
“DRUMLine Live” has paraded onto some of the biggest stages around the world and has performed more than 300 shows since 2009.
“We’ve taken the excitement of an HBCU football game halftime show, increased the intensity by a thousand watts, and created a musical journey that will touch every emotion. ‘DRUMLine Live’ is a high-octane musical roller coaster ride that will keep the entire family cheering for more.” - Don P. Roberts, creator and director of “DRUMLine Live”
Don P. Roberts - director, playwright, musical director
Don P. Roberts, M.M.ED. served as the executive band consultant for the Twentieth Century Fox hit movie, “Drumline.” He was responsible for training the actors, writing the precision drills for the film, rehearsing the band and more. “Drumline” received national and international acclaim, including being nominated by the NAACP as “Most Outstanding Motion Picture” in 2003. The film was also nominated for an “American Choreography Award” for outstanding achievement in a feature film.
Roberts was also appointed executive band consultant for the VH-1 and Fox Television Studios movie, “Drumline: A New Beat,” the long-awaited sequel to “Drumline.”
Roberts’ theatrical experience includes his successful work as the director, playwright, and musical director of the critically acclaimed production, “DRUMLine Live.” He has also worked with many premier theatrical and movie directors and producers. This includes working with Emmy Award winner Kenny Ortega in preparation for the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996.
Roberts’ additional accomplishments include serving as associate producer and executive band consultant for the 2010 ESPNU television series, “The Battle,” featuring some of America’s best Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching bands. In 2005, he also worked as the executive band consultant on the Missy Elliot hit song, “Bad Man,” from her album, “The Cookbook.”