Drumline is a 2002 American musical comedy-drama film directed by Charles Stone III. The screenplay, a fictional story based upon North Carolina A&T State University's Blue and Gold Marching Machine band, and their drum line Cold Steel, was written by Tina Gordon Chism and Shawn Schepps. The story is about a young drummer from New York, played by Nick Cannon, who enters the fictional Atlanta A&T University and bumps heads with the leader of his new school's drum section. Leonard Roberts, Zoe Saldana, and Orlando Jones co-star.
The film received generally positive reviews, with most critics praising the energy of the film, as well as the musical talents of the bands. It was a modest box office success, earning over $56 million in the U.S., and almost $1.2 million in foreign markets. A television sequel, Drumline: A New Beat premiered on VH1 on October 27, 2014.