McKinley Takes 1st Place in High School Division at 2019 Drill-A-Rama!

Youth of All Ages Display Awesome Talent and Skills During Annual Drill & Step Show

The annual New York State Drill-A-Rama Drill & Step Show rarely makes the news. .. But it should.

Year after year, throngs of young  people and their families and friends pack Kleinhans Music Hall for one of the most unique and exciting displays of  young raw talent and creativity  showcased in the city.  It is also a display of stamina and determination, as evidenced by 9 year old Davion who lost her boot during  her team’s routine  but kept on going! In recent years dancing has been added to the show,  which is proudly sponsored by  NICYO and Drill Teams United of WNY.         

Over 20 teams competed  last Wednesday and  six dance troups performed. All without incident or trouble; a real credit to our children and to the organizers, their parents and supporting community organizations like the Peacemakers.

This  year, like all the others, the competition was  intense. These kids may look cute, but they don’t play. From grade 3 to college, everyone is in victory mode. And in the end, everyone was a winner in their own right!


McKinley High School not only won 1st place in the High School Division, they won Best Dressed, Best Captain and Most Original in the High School Division. They competed against Hutch Tech, Emerson and Tapestry.

In the Elementary  School Division 1  (3rd- 5th Grade),  Buffalo United took First Place, followed by Aloma’s Divas 2nd and Arthur O. Eve School 3rd. King Center Charter also competed.

In The Elementary School Division 2,  (6th – 8th Grade), Buffalo United once again took 1st   Place followed by King Center 2nd and Matt Urban 3rd with Lorraine Academy also  performing. Also in the Elementary School Division 2, Buffalo United Charter won Best Captain, Best Dressed and Most Original!

In the Elementary Independent Division the  Cobra Crusaders took 1st Place  followed by A Little  More Different 2nd.

In the College Step division, 1st Place went to S.B.U. Step (St. Bonaventure).

In the Junior Independent Division 1st place went to Junior Gospel Difference.

In the Senior Independent Division Royalty took 1st Place. Also competing in that division was Elevation, Se’Metrick Stylz, Senior Gospel Difference and the Senior Crusaders Marching Unit.


The Cobra Crusaders won Elementary Best Dressed and Gospel Difference and A Little More Difference won Elementary Best Captain.

Junior Best Dressed, Junior Gospel Difference; Jr. Best Captain, Crusaders; Senior Best Dressed, Elevation, Senior  Best Captain Elevation; Most Original Elementary, Cobra Crusaders; Most Original Junior, the Junior Gospel Difference; Most Original Senior, Sr. Crusaders; and Most Outstanding, Elevation.

The six high energy dance troupes  that  performed (non-competitive) included B.A.S.E. Dancerettes (Buffalo All-Star Extreme); the Elevating Engineers;  B.B.P.D.  (Back By Popular Demand), Dynasty All Stars, Virtuous Diamonds and D.D.C. (Devastation Dance Company).

Also performing to the delight of the audience was O.M.P – the outstanding young people from the Omega Mentoring Program.

Applauding the great job of organizers, iconic Founding Father Marcus  Brown said during his awards presentations, “After 40 consecutive Drill-A-Rama’s I’m so happy that today all I had to say is ‘yes you may’ !