Film and TV

No, Seriously, Drumline Is a Masterpiece

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If you're like me and grew up during the too-brief Nick Cannon-ssance when Drumline and a certain Prince movie were on VH1 every few hours, then that scene is burned into your pop-culture memory. Not because of sheer repetition, but because that is the moment that I (and, I hope, you) realized that this odd, cheesy movie about a fictional college drumline is amazing. It's a masterpiece. An outsider with authority problems enters the strict world of college marching bands, determined to claw his way to the top without sacrificing his style. Of course he encounters all kinds of challenges and slowly realizes he can channel his swagger into his drumbeats while learning some life lessons along the way. There's a rivalry plot with Cannon and the senior drum captain who takes band disturbingly seriously, a broken relationship turned loving with the out-of-touch band director, and even a romance with Zoe Saldana, the woman so gorgeous she dared to dump Bradley Cooper.

That movie made classical music and marching bands cool for every 2000s preteen. It was the Remember the Titans for band nerds everywhere, and probably the reason I spent years in my room learning to play the drums and trumpet instead of playing sports or making friends. In was a constant staple at every sleepover and school field-trip bus ride. It also served as a valiant reminder of the importance of music education for underprivileged students. (Seriously, that's quite important: Please support your local school district's music program.)

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Isa Jones is an editor in Jackson Hole; her writing has appeared all over the Internet and occasionally in print.
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