Austin Akins, co-founder of Color Cast, a custom drum company, paints an octopus onto a drum. Akins has been a drummer for 11 years. He and his brother, Tanner, founded Color Cast. The want to start a Color Cast foundation which would aid new musicians.

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma's Spring Triad of events kicks off tomorrow with chalk drawing and music starting in the morning. 

The Montmartre Chalk Art Festival, which became part of the Spring Triad in the late '80s, features approximately 1,000 students from schools across the state competing in chalk art drawing in USAO's oval, USAO Media Writer Rob Vollmar said.

Registration for this event begins at 7:30 a.m. on the east side of Davis Hall and judging begins at noon with award presentation at 1:30 p.m. in front of Troutt Hall, according to USAO's website.

The USAO Key Players ensemble group begin the Droverstock music festival, part of the Spring Triad since the mid-'90s, at 10 a.m. with Kylie Morgan as the daytime headliner at noon and Horse Thief closing the festival at 9 p.m.

Vollmar said the event is free and open to the public.

"It feels like the Droverstock part of it has gotten more professional over the years," Vollmar said. "[There's] a sizable budget controlled and managed by students [to] bring in regional acts they want to hear…They've been able to bring in more talent [each year]."

The university will also host its 34th annual USAO Scholastic Meet, the oldest event in the Spring Triad, in which two students from high schools across the state compete in contests ranging from accounting, economics and math to literature, language and science, he said.

Vollmar said the top three schools, determined by points from the top five students in each contest, get trophies.

He said between 750 and 1,000 students statewide compete in the scholastic meet.

"[The scholastic meet] shows how [students] compare to other students across the state," Vollmar said.

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