Steelers to add drum line in 2013

Justin K. Aller

Looking to add an old school feel to Heinz Field, the Steelers are bringing in a drum line for pregame festivities in 2013.

The sound of a dozen drummers tapping in unison is linked to football as perhaps one of the most familiar sounds in sports. Clearly, the Steelers have taken notice, and are looking to infuse it into their game-day experience at Heinz Field.

The team announced Thursday it has added the Pittsburgh Steeline, a group consisting of some of the finest drummers in the area, and will have them perform on the sidelines before games and at training camp this year.

The Steelers haven't made a stadium feature kind of move like this since it introduced its mascot, Steely McBeam, in 2007. Steely was largely forgotten after that, never having gained much of a positive response from Steeler Nation.

Whether the drum line suffers a similar fate (it doesn't seem likely, considering they won't be creepy-looking yellow-skinned versions of Bill Cowher) remains to be seen. If nothing else, it will add some old-school football stadium flavor to an old-school kind of team.

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