Drum Line Seeks Donations to Help Fund Trip

February 21, 2012
CONTACT: Brian Fronzaglia

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JOPLIN, MO (SNS) – The Drum Line at Missouri Southern State University, recently chosen to represent the Kansas City Royals, is seeking donations to help fund a 10-day trip to Europe.
Brian Fronzaglia, MSSU Director of Percussion Studies/Director of Athletic Bands, says the MSSU Drum Line is now the Official Drum Line of the Kansas City Royals. It will be known as the “Royal Thunder Drum Line” by the Royals Organization. The group will perform at 16 games in Kauffman Stadium for the Royals and will be the featured entertainment for the MLB All-Star Week to be held in Kansas City from July 7-11.
Fronzaglia says the group has been invited to perform in Belgrade, Serbia for 10 days in late July and early August.
The group has received $10,000 from the United States Embassy in Belgrade. The project must raise an additional $30,000 in order to make the trip happen.
With the support of those making donations, the Drum Line will perform  for 10 days with one of the finest European Percussion Ensembles, The Stankovic Percussion Ensemble. Throughout the course of the trip, the group will host a series of concerts and give clinics on marching percussion.
In addition, two of Serbia’s finest percussionists, Siniša Jović and Ivan Marjanović, will be invited to come to Joplin to share their talents with our community in a cultural exchange.
“We hope that with help from the community we can share the tremendous gift that MSSU and the Joplin community have with the world,” Fronzaglia states.
To contribute online to assist the Drum Line in raising the funds, go to
For a list of prizes and corresponding donation levels, visit Prizes will be sent in October.
Those preferring to not donate online send checks made payable to “Brian Fronzaglia.” 
Those donations will be entered into “kickstarter” as anonymous through the Royal Thunder Drum Line. These people also will receive gifts in corresponding with pledge levels. 
Donations may be mailed to the Royal Thunder Drum Line c/o MSSU Music Department, 3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin, Mo. 64801.
For more information, call 417.483.5329 or email