United Township High School students will pound the drums while runners pound the pavement at the 2021 Quad-City Times Bix 7.
The United Township drumline will return to the road race this year after a year-and-a-half without performing. Band director Michael Wawrzynski said he and the students were raring to get back to playing for crowds, a feeling he's sure many groups share.
"Every ensemble is excited to get back to it," he said.
Wawrzynski noted that the drumline has been performing at the Bix for much longer than the six years he's been at United Township. He believes they've had a presence along the route since the early days of the race.
As the Bix draws in runners and spectators by the thousands, the race is by far the largest performance for the drumline, though not everyone stops to listen to the whole set. They'll play at the top of Brady Street this year, at Palmer College.
Ten to 12 of the 17 battery and front ensemble drumline members will stand on the sideline, playing stand cheers, street beats that are played at parades and other events, and segments from the main show this year. Wawrzynski said they didn't submit music for the virtual Quad-City Times Bix 7 last year.
This July marks the time when bands are getting back to playing big events. The drumline — like many other groups — has had to essentially start over, especially with students graduating, coming up from junior high and just losing or gaining interest in music.
As the Quad-City Times Bix 7 racers crossed the midpoint on McClellan Boulevard on Saturday morning, drummers from the United Township High Sc…
It's been a year and a half since the program was able to rehearse and perform normally, so it's diving back in to give runners a good backbeat as they go by. The volume will make them hard to miss.
"I can't think of anyone other than the neighbors who won't like it," Wawrzynski said.