Deadline extended for submitting articles for DCI history book

This fall, a history book covering the years leading up to the formation of Drum Corps International (1969-1972) and through to the present day will be produced by the publisher of Drum Corps World, Steve Vickers, in cooperation with Drum Corps International.

The co-authors of the book, Nic Waerzeggers and Dave Wilson, will be working to include personal comments from those who have first-hand experience as members of Drum Corps International corps. Wilson, a native of the Chicagoland area, served as the Web content manager of Drum Corps International from 2002-2006 in addition to stints at the Chicago Tribune. Waerzeggars is a freelance creative writer from Madison, Wis.

The authors are looking for individuals from each of the past 38 years and competitive levels (open class, class A, class A/60, all-girl and modern-day divisions I, II and III corps) to make submissions of 1,000 words or less, describing one year in your life as a member of a drum corps that participated in a DCI World Championships. Feel free to focus on or cover any of the following topics:

* What was it like marching in your drum corps?
* Experiences riding on the bus
* Sleeping on busses and gym floors
* Food on tour
* Meeting new people from across the country or world
* Traveling to competitions
* Rehearsals
* Sightseeing while on tour
* Performing in front of small and large audiences
* Non-competitive performance opportunities (parades, mall openings, building dedications)
* Listening to comments from judges to make your show better
* Interacting with instructors, designers, management
* Helping behind the scenes with your corps (publicity, logistics, fund-raising, loading buses, planning sightseeing stops)
* Raising money for your personal dues or for general funding of your corps
* What your corps jacket means to you
* Collecting recordings, corps buttons, other memorabilia
* Did you have supportive parents, siblings, band directors while in the corps?
* Which corps was/were your biggest rival(s)
* Which corps was/were your friendliest competitor(s)
* Who did you look up to while marching in a corps?
* What have you learned from being in a drum corps that has been valuable in your life?

One individual will be selected to represent each year between 1969 and 1971 (the years leading up to the formation of DCI) and 1972 to 2006. Material used from each winning submission will be credited to each individual and incorporated into the book. Those who are selected may also receive a          follow-up phone call or e-mail interview with one of the authors for additional information.

Choose one year of your drum corps experiences to write about and start to put your thoughts down on paper or the computer. Only e-mail submissions will be accepted, preferably as a Microsoft Word document. If you have questions or would like to send in your written piece, please e-mail Steve Vickers at publisher@drumcorpsworld.com.

We have extended the deadlines by about three weeks to give more individuals time to send in articles.

Experiences for 1969 through 1980 should be submitted by Friday, April 6.

Experiences for 1981 through 2006 are due by Friday, April 13.

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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.