Week of Good Stories–Grant Union H.S. Drumline

Published On June 1, 2016 | By Mike Carroll | KCRA-TV, Shooting News

After working with KCRA sports anchor/reporter  Michelle Dapper (@KCRAdapper) at the beginning of the week on Tuesday on a profile on Olympic running hopeful Lea Wallace, our chemistry and shared style was so similar that she tagged me for this story that aired at the end of the week on Friday, May 27, 2016, about Grant Union High School’s Drumline.

I’ve seen the Grand H.S. Drumline at a number of events over the years. Most recently just a month ago at the Komen Race for the Cure, where they were to the side of the start line, performing as the runners went past.

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Michelle Dapper has a rapid-fire style which I like:
–Start with a blast of Nat Snd* (*my own abbreviation for “Natural Sound”)
–Then: either a quick bite from the subject of the story or fast snippet from an interview.
–A line of track from Michelle. Just one sentence.
–Another stab of Nat Snd.
–Another short snippet of Michelle’s track.
–A little longer bite of interview. Just 3-6 seconds.
–A sentence of track from Michelle.
–Pop of Nat Snd, maybe a second.
–Another line from Michelle, just a bit longer now, starting to tell what the story is about and why we should care to watch.
–A longer bit of interview now with the subject of the story.

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And that’s how it goes–back-forth-back-forth. Like a machine-gun.

Or in this case–the sharp percussion of the drumsticks on the skins.

It is reported by KCRA Sports Anchor Michelle Dapper and filmed & edited by Mike Carroll. For more info visit kcra.com and

The drumline was planning a tour of Europe and about to begin a fundraising drive when the ISIS terror attacks in France and Belgium took place. It was decided that it was not the time for a group of high school students to be traveling there.

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Then there was a call with a high school in Sacramento’s sister city in Japan. Now the Grant Union H.S. Drumline is planning a Japan tour.

Right after this story aired on KCRA, calls started coming in with people who wanted to help and contribute.

For more information on that please visit their website at Grant Union High School’s Drumline.



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Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

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