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CHEC Drumline


CHEC Drumline is a part of CHEC PERCUSSION, which consist of the Drumline and Percussion Ensemble, is part of the percussion program of the Columbia Heights Educational Campus's Music Department based in NW Washington, DC. The Drumline was started in the Fall of 2010 by James F. Parker, Jr. with four members, and has grown to the current 10 members. The Drumline performs with the CHEC Marching Band and has played at CHEC Football & Basketball Games, Pep Rallies, and local parades. The CHEC Drumline was a "surprise" performing artist @ The 2016 March on Washington Film Festival at the Naval Heritage Center in Washington, DC. Members of the Drumline also double as members of the CHEC Percussion Ensemble. Since the Spring of 2014, CHEC Percussion Ensemble has competed in the Atlantic Indoor Association. They are the first (and only) DC Public School to participate in competitive indoor percussion. This pass April (for the second year in a row), the CHEC Percussion Ensemble became the 2017 AIA North Percussion Scholastic Concert A Division Champions. CHEC DRUMLINE offers entertainment rooted in African-American Marching Drumline style/tradition coupled with the contemporary style of a DCI / WGI Drumlines. With that in mind, CHEC DRUMLINE weaves together a mosaic of sound and sight (and sometimes dance) guaranteed to engage each audience member with spontaneity and delight. Segments of their show feature sticking, a Bossa-Nova style cadence , a Go-Go Dance, and other crowd-pleasing routines. CHEC PERCUSSION permanently enriches the lives of the students of Columbia Heights Educational Campus through commitment to youth development, discipline, and performance excellence, while providing enjoyment for audiences in our local community and the Washington, DC metropolitan area. CHEC PERCUSSION creates life-changing experiences through percussion music to bridge cultural, economic, and musical divides, while providing life lessons to youth.