Precision Drummers Squid was founded in fall 2000 by an award-winning group of snare drummers from the Dartmouth Pipe Band Association. They had been exclusively selected for a musical tribute entitled DRUM! which was to be debuted at the Input 2000 media conference in Halifax, NS. With a complement of 8 dancers, 1 bagpiper, and a house band, the response from the international audience was nothing short of legendary.
With the realization that precision drumming was something that held mass appeal, 7 of the drummers decided to form their own drum-corps. The first official performance for the newly conceived Precision Drummers Squid was on the 25th of November 2000, at the Halifax Drumfest. Word of Squid’s unique precision drumming quickly spread and international performances soon followed.
After five years of thrilling audiences everywhere, Squid produced and launched their debut theatre production “SQUID: The Evolution”, a show that is both musically and visually stunning. The Evolution was a giant success and received standing ovations and rave reviews. Squid currently performs all over North America in festivals of all varieties, school assemblies, corporate settings and musical theatre performances.
Squid offers a very customizable and adaptable show for special events or corporate work. Ranging in length from 5 to 45 minutes, Squid delivers an engaging and exciting show to delight audiences, big and small.
The Squid corporate show has played for many different types of events and on many different stages. We play any size corporate show or event; from large conference halls to intimate dinners. We can accomodate special requests and are very flexible when it comes to the presentation of the show.
Squid school assemblies are approximately one hour in length. They feature original Squid music, performed by the group in a concert-like setting. Three motivational talks are given throughout the show. Depending on the age of the students, the content of these talks can vary.
At the Elementary and Junior High level, the subjects are 1) The importance of teamwork, 2) Practice and dedication, and 3) Being proud of your talents. At the High School level, the importance of teamwork is replaced by a message about following your dreams.
Squid’s school assembly is sure to energize and entertain your students, while at the same time motivating them to work hard in all aspects of life and never give up on themselves or their dreams.
The Evolution is a show following a musical styling as it evolves from its traditional roots to a more modern, creative and multi-influenced form of music. The show is designed to follow the journey that Squid took through their musical careers. Starting in the very traditional and regimented ranks of competitive Pipe and Drum Bands and then moving on to become a performing arts group. Injecting instrument tricks, stunts and choreography into their music, and drawing influence from many other forms of music including African drumming, Brazilian drumming, Hip Hop, Funk music and Rock and Roll.
The Evolution is a very high-energy show that entertains audiences of all ages with it’s musical diversity, and at the same time thrills them visually with instrument tricks, stunts and choreography as well as lighting techniques that are both creative and electrifying. It draws theatrical influence from such groups as STOMP, BLAST and Blue Man Group.
The Evolution has drawn consistent standing ovations and rave reviews and promises to be a highly successful theatre production.
Squid offers a high-energy show that entertains audiences of all ages. With their unique musical style and unparalleled instrument tricks, stunts and choreography Squid is a hit for festivals of any kind.
Squid has performed at a wide variety of festivals including busker festivals, children’s festivals, folk festivals, jazz festivals and outdoor rock concerts. The show is adaptable to suit any style of festival.
Some performance highlights include the Atlantic Scene Arts Festival 2003; Halifax Jazz Festival 2003; Boston Tree-Lighting Ceremony 2000 and 2004; Shoreline Rock Festival 2004; Halifax International Buskerfest 2004, 2005 and 2006 (where they captured the People’s Choice Award all three years); Montreal Just For Laughs Festival 2005; Ottawa Children’s Festival 2006; Kingston Buskerfest 2006 (where they were named Musical Performance of the Year)