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Drumline alumni march to a new beat

X-Corps is a new Chilliwack community drumline made up of alumni from Sardis secondary
X-Corps is a new Chilliwack community drumline made up of alumni from Sardis secondary's drumline. The group is crowdfunding through Indiegogo to help offset the costs of equipment.
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They didn't want the fun to end in high school.

A group of alumni from Sardis secondary's drumline has formed a community drumline in the hopes of continuing to entertain Chilliwack and beyond.

The only thing, they don't have any drums.

The newly formed drumline, X-Corps, is crowd funding for instruments.

From now until April 11, X-Corps is running an Indiegogo campaign with a goal of raising $1,200.

Indiegogo is an online crowd funding platform.

"We wanted to throw a group together during summers to keep the spirit of drumline going," said member DJ Lochead, a 2012 Sardis secondary graduate.

"It was a lot of fun during high school; we didn't want that to end."

Chilliwack has a celebrated history with drumline.

Some of X-Corps' members performed at the Olympics, for the Seattle Seahawks during halftime, at the Davis Cup, an international tennis tournament, in front of the Great Wall of China, and as hired performers at the Pacific National Exhibition – all under Sardis secondary's umbrella.

When alumni were approached to perform at the Vancouver Celebration of Light this summer, X-Corps was formed.

But without the school behind them, the band of seven needs its own equipment.

In total, the drumline needs $5,000 to purchase a minimum of two base drums, two snares, a set of toms, a set of crash symbols, sticks, skins, equipment bags, and spare parts. The $1,200 it hopes to raise through Indiegogo is a down payment.

"We need to raise a little over $1,000 to get this off the ground," said Lochead.

Not an easy feat for a group of university students.

"We'd work if we could, but most of us are in university," said Lochead, now studying percussion at the University of Victoria School of Music.

"In order for us to function, we need equipment."

Make no mistake, X-Corps is a Chilliwack drumline. Even though the group's current members are studying at various universities, they are all proud of their Chilliwack roots.

"We want to help put Chilliwack on the map with our music," said Lochead. "We are really all about being from Chilliwack. We want to show it off."

Wherever X-Corps goes, its powerhouse performance will surely turn heads.

"It's going to be big, loud, very present, high energy," said Lochead.

So far, the group has raised $60 through Indiegogo.

For more information, or to donate, go to the X-Corps Indiegogo Campaign page at www.indiegogo.com/projects/money-for-drum-line-equipment

The drumline is also interested in Chilliwack sponsorship and gigs. For more information, contact X-Corps by email at xcorpsdrumline@gmail.com.

X-Corps can also be found on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/xcorpsdrumline

Twitter: @x_corps

Instagram: xcorpsdrumline

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