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​Signups Now Being Accepted for Youth Drumline, Sponsored by Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League

Young people from 14 to 21 years of age, from beginners to experienced musicians, are eligible to participate in the Rhythm Cadets, a new drumline program that is part of the Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League.

“As the first music program offered by the DSAL, the drumline will emphasize teamwork, commitment and leadership skills,” said Rhythm Cadets director Rich Louie. “It will be an experience that impacts young lives in a positive way and that transcends all kinds of barriers they may face.”

To find out more, or to register, go to the DSAL website at and click on “Programs” and then “Recreation and Fitness.”

Competitive drumlines go beyond what was portrayed by Hollywood in the movie Drumline, Louie explained. Usually a part of a drum and bugle corps or high school marching band, some drumlines compete and perform as their own entity during the band/competition winter offseason. In the 70s and 80s the Bay Area had a number of drumlines, marching units, and drum and bugle corps. Two of the biggest today are the six-time world champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, and 18-time world champion Concord Blue Devils.

The Rhythm Cadets will seek young participants who are both novice drummers just learning to hold on to sticks, and experienced drummers who have played in marching units before. The program is designed to engage young people at an early age and help them grow through the experience, so they can pursue the activity at any level.

“The participants will benefit from and take pride in the positive exposure to competition, leadership, performance and travel opportunities that they may never have otherwise,” Louie said. “They also will benefit from the physical conditioning developed through practices and performances.”

The Rhythm Cadets would represent their community by participation in events such as parades, festivals and competitions. They’ll begin practices in February at the First Presbyterian Church of Hayward, 2490 Grove Way, Castro Valley.

​For more information, contact director Rich Louie at, or (510) 581-8393


15001 Foothill Blvd., San Leandro, CA 94578


(510) 820-5222

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