Moonlight Classic Drum Corps Battle Moves to Sac State

It is lights-out at Hornet Stadium at Sacramento, so no Moonlight Classic for fans Sunday.

However, practice performances were lively and offered a peek of this battle of drum and bugle corps.

“It started way back in the Civil war with bugles and bugle calls and such, and it has evolved through many generations of American Legion hosting shows and VFW,” said Jeff Demello, a sponsor of the event.

“Now it has evolved to its own organization, Drum Corps International," he added.

Over the decades many things have changed, and this year with the closing of the University of the Pacific Stadium in Stockton, the Drum and Bugle Corps Moonlight Classic has found a new home in Sacramento.

“This is going to be the event for Drum Corps in the West coast,” Demello said.

“Personally I love it because I’m from Sacramento and I go to this campus for school,” Eddie Pineda, a Blue Devils Drum Major said.

All of the 11 competing corps are stars in their own right. But there are some that have a long legacy and following.

“The blue devils I’ve always known since I was a little kid,” said Sandy Harrington, a fan.

“The blue devils, we are the most wining corps in the history of the Drum Corps International. Our world-class corps has won 14 world championships,” said Rick Odello of the Blue Devils.

Because of a lighting issue, the competition was canceled. Organizers say there won’t be time for another performance, and if you want to see the show you’ll have to wait until next year.