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by Steve Vickers, DCW Publisher

When I wrote about the change in frequency for Drum Corps World back in the April issue, I was concerned about the reaction the decision would receive from subscribers and advertisers. Thankfully, the comments I’ve received from everyone is supportive and understanding.

Most drum corps fans can see graphic examples of how the activity has changed and evolved over the years and they see a direct correlation with how life in the United States and the world has also changed and evolved. Our existence continues to become more complicated, expensive and stressful.

While the number of corps continues to shrink, I think everyone who still follows the activity at any level can see that the participants are still receiving an excellent experience. It’s a shame that more young people (and adults) can’t take part because of the small number of units that have survived all the challenges that have mounted through the years.

My enthusiasm for the activity has not diminished, although my two biggest wishes — more corps and more familiar music presented that is standing ovation-inspiring — do not seem to be in the cards for the forseeable future.

In order to continue producing interesting and worthwhile content and, given the fact that having six fewer issues during the summer has meant cutting back on space, I want to tell you about an additional outlet for content.

Drum Corps Planet owner John Donovan and I have put our heads together and developed an exciting new way to publish show reports on his site that I won’t have room to include in the August and September issues. I’m anticipating approximately 30 to 40 articles on DCI, DCA and European competitions will be released over the next couple of months through a new feature on DCPlanet (www.drumcorpsplanet.com) called “DCW On-Line”.

These articles will be written by our regular staff members and will not only expand the readership of DCW’s excellent coverage, but it will also demonstrate the quality of material that we offer in the newspaper and draw more customers to the historic CDs, DVDs, history books and other products that we offer.

This new outlet will begin around July 1 and will be published on a regular basis, as reports are available from the field. The next issue of DCW will be mailed on Thursday, July 31, so obviously many of the regular shows and some of the major regional events will be among the reports released electronically.

We will continue to offer a mixture of contest coverage and feature material in the monthly editions. Once 2008 season photography begins to arrive, some of it will be posted with the stories on DCPlanet and there will be much more included in the August and subsequent issues.

I have also decided to no longer publish recaps. The enormous amount of time required to create a single page of recaps is about the same as producing a full 16-page issue, plus all the data is available by downloading from the various Web sites soon after the scores are announced at the event.

It is my hope that you will continue to support Drum Corps World and will understand these changes I’ve had to make to keep the publication moving forward. We’re excited about our continuing partnership with Drum Corps Planet and being able to bring our great content to you and a wider audience in a more timely fashion.

I welcome your comments, pro or con. You can e-mail me — publisher@drumcorpsworld.com — or call me at 608-241-2292 anytime between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM Central time. Thanks!

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About DCW

Drum Corps World is published as an on-line electronic magazine by Sights & Sounds, Inc., Madison, WI. It is supported by advertising from manufacturers, service providers, corps, circuits and show sponsors. The publication began in October 1971 at the same time Drum Corps International was formed and has been produced continuously as a tabloid newspaper until April 2011 and on the Internet since May 2011. It is released monthly, as well as six additional e-mail blasts, one in late June, three during July and two in August.

The worldwide staff of writers and photographers provide show reviews during the season and interviews, feature articles, news and human interest stories during the off-season. The photographs that appear in the magazine are provided by 27 staff members who are scattered around the world. The publication covers World and Open Class Drum Corps International corps, Open and Class A Drum Corps Associates corps, alumni, mini-, parade and standstill units, as well as the growing activity in Europe, the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Philippines and South Africa.