Joplin, MO (SNS) – When the Kansas City Royals celebrate their World Series victory with a parade on Tuesday, Nov. 3, the 20 members of the Missouri Southern drumline will help entertain the crowds along the route.
The Royals clinched the championship with a 7-2 win over the New York Mets during Game 5 of the series Sunday evening in New York. It marks the team’s first World Series win in 30 years.
Last month, the drumline helped to energize fans when they performed before and during the American League Division Series. Due to scheduling conflicts, students weren’t able to travel to Kauffman Stadium for the World Series, but the invitation to perform during the parade was made over the weekend, said Brian Fronzaglia, director of athletic bands.
“I got an email about it mid-game on Saturday,” he said. “Plans were already in the works. They just had a feeling it was going to happen.”
The Royal Celebration has been planned by the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission, representatives from the city and the Kansas City Royals. A free shuttle service will begin taking spectators to the parade route starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
“I’ve been hearing that there will be a ridiculous number of people coming from far and wide,” said Fronzaglia. “This will be, without question, the largest live audience we have ever had an opportunity to play for.”