'Drumline Live' comes home

TALLAHASSE, Fla. -- Don Roberts, the Florida A&M University graduate who was the creative force behind the 2003 20th Century Fox hit movie "Drumline," will present "Drumline Live" Tuesday at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.

The musical features a 39-member cast of high-energy performers in the show-style marching band tradition of America's historically black colleges and universities. And, proving that his heart still resides at FAMU, Roberts has recruited former members of the HBCU's marching band to star in the production.

"Drumline Live" features the brassy sound of past R&B greats like Earth, Wind and Fire and Tower of Power alongside Motown classics and today's hottest contemporary hip-hop music. Audiences love the explosive choreography and the athleticism of "steppers" and dancers whose combination of rhythm and speed are marked by precision and pulsing force.

Following a successful 70-performance run in 2008-09, "Drumline Live" 2011 is the second U.S. tour for the production whose energetic cast has honed its precision through years of training in marching band programs across the southern United States.

Roberts, who served as executive band consultant during production of the "Drumline" movie, served as drum major, student conductor and student arranger with the FAMU Marching Band during his time at the Tallahassee school. Most recently, he served as associate producer and executive band consultant for the ESPNU television series "The Battle," which features some of the country's best HBCU marching bands.

Tickets for "Drumline Live," which are priced from $22 to $59, are on sale at the Civic Center box office at 505 W. Pensacola St., at all Ticketmaster outlets and at www.ticketmaster.com. Fans may also purchase tickets by phone at (850) 222-0400 or (800) 322-3602.

Student discounts are available at the box office.

For online information, go to www.tlccc.org.