WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – When a championship title is at stake, Every minute Of practice counts.
Now Cadence Drum Corps of England is hoping to win at this years Drum Corps Associates World Championships this weekend. The competition draws drum and bugle corps from different parts of the country, Canada and the United Kingdom. For the first time in almost 15 years, it is back in Pennsylvania – this time in Williamsport.
“The intimacy of the city was a definite sell for us and obviously, Williamsport gets it. If they can handle little league, they can handle us,” said Allen Buell, the president of Drum Corps Associates.
Six thousand people are expected to visit the city Labor Day weekend for this event.
“It’s brilliant to listen too, but just as brilliant to watch,” said Buell.
Williamsport beat other cities, including former host Rochester, in a bid to keep the competition.
“we put together something very enticing. Lycoming County is very well known for its performing arts,” said Jason Fink, executive director, Lycoming County Visitors Bureau.
First the little league world series, now this, the championship is expected to bring in millions of dollars this weekend.
DCA says the event raked in $5 to $6 million dollars in Rochester each year. A loss for upstate New York tourism, but a win for this community. Genetti’s Taphouse is still on a high from baseball fever.
“The last two weeks were great for us. We are hoping to bring in the same amount of revenue,” said Chris Kesler with Genetti’s.
That means extra staff on board. While the championship means big bucks for business and a unique experience for fans, there is a lot at stake for competitors.
“We flew a long way to be here, paid a lot of money to be here, and to win would mean that extra little bit to finish it off,” said Duncan Garland, with Cadence Drum Corps.