Drumline: The Alien and Sedition Acts

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Title: Director: Charles Stone III Starring: Nick Cannon, Zoe Salanda, and Orlando Jones In a society where sex, drugs, and money play the plot in teenage movies, Drumline offers an inspirational story with a kick of today's hip-hop and a dash of attitude.

Musically gifted percussionist Devon (Cannon) from Harlem receives a full scholarship to Atlanta A&T well known for their marching band program. The cocky wannabe freshman campus king of snare drums cannot keep himself out of trouble with the music director Dr. Aaron Lee (Jones) constantly down his throat for an attitude check. After receiving a slap in the face Devon learns the motto "One band. One sound" cannot be lived by his own talents alone but the contribution his fellow members. With snare-driven reverberations the climax of the movie gives an up close and personal look of what a person would experience right on the sidelines.

The rat-a-tat-tat in the traditional band music presented isn't exactly the rap music teens are addicted to today; however magically grasp the attention and interest of audiences of any age. The movie opens eyes to a hidden world of Southern marching band programs transforming clichéd young black male stereotypes into something positive instead of a "thug" from the hood. Cannon begins and ends the movie with not just a beat, but also a kick on his snare drum forceful for anyone to become a fan of marching music.