by Steve Vickers
The October 2005 edition of Drum Corps World was mailed to subscribers on Thursday, September 29. Here is a list of the articles and features included in the 20-page tabloid newspaper (Volume 34, Number 13), one of 18 issues totaling 400 pages of information produced yearly —
On the front page are color photos of European corps including the Blue Bandits, Hagenburg, Germany; Jong Beatrix, Hilversum, Holland; Stormarn Magic, Bad Oldesloe, Germany; DrumSpirit, Dadizele, Belgium; Northern Star, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom; Beatrix, Hilversum, Holland; and Wolper Lowen, Neustadt, Germany; plus the DCI Division II Champion East Coast Jazz, Malden, MA.
Also on the cover are the following articles:
* “Beatrix tops strong field of corps, bands at Drum Corps Europe Championships” — by Hans Kloppert
* “Wolper Lowen takes first Drum Corps Germany Championship title” — by Hans Peter Rossweg
* “Blue Stars up to division I among topics at DCI fall board meeting”
* “New junior corps census has changes in procedure” — by Brian Tolzmann
Additional photography in the issue is of the following corps:
The Red Stars, Hannover, Germany; Starriders, Bad Munder, Germany; Showband Gifhorn, Gifhorn, Germany; Royal Airs, Chicago, IL; Troopers, Casper, WY; Madison Scouts, Madison, WI; The Cadets, Allentown, PA; Empire Statesmen, Rochester, NY; The Cavaliers, Rosemont, IL; the Pacific Alliance Drumline, Seattle, WA; Reading Buccaneers, Reading, PA; and Chops, Inc., Minneapolis, MN.
Inside are these articles and features:
* Photo feature — “Remembering a few old friends — photos of the Northernaires (August 20, 1968); Praesidum All-Girl Corps (August 20, 1968); Enfield Sabres (August 21, 1968); and the Magnificent Yankees (August 13, 1966) — photos by Moe Knox.
* “The amazing world of drum corps” — Brian Tolzmann’s monthly column containing obscure but interesting facts about junior and senior drum corps and the people who marched and managed them.
* ScoreBoard — results of September shows in Dordrecht, The Netherlands (DCEurope); Stafford, Staffordshire, United Kingdom (British Youth Band Association); Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom (Drum Corps United Kingdom); Upton-upon-Severn Worcestershire, United Kingdom (British Youth Band Association); Hameln, Germany (Drum Corps Germany Championships); Newport, Wales, United Kingdom (Drum Corps United Kingdom); and Rotterdam, The Netherlands (Drum Corps Europe Championships).
* Press releases on these topics: “Troopers present performance clinic in Denver”; “Johnson recordings available for the last time”; “Historic auctions have resumed for collectors”; “United Kingdom High Brass releases new CD”; “Royal Airs set up two scholarships”; “Bands of America honored with IFEA Pinnacle Awards”; “Caballeros plan 60th anniversary and open house”; “Sunrisers name Troxell program coordinator”; “Dream Association has big plans for future of programs”; “Raiders will have strong 2006 staff for defending title”; “Ramirez will handle PR for Texas Revolution”; “Kilties make plans for summer 2006 and 70th season”; “Zildjian announces winner of 2005 Kerope Zildjolarship”.
* A humorous article by Jeff Davis on his trip to the senior championships Labor Day weekend called, “Do you know the way to DCA?”
* A feature on one of our major advertisers titled “Yamaha not resting on laurels; plans greater outreach, innovation” — an interview with Troy Wollwage by Mike Ferlazzo.
* An article and photos called “A day in Schuylkill Haven”, about the Troopers and their home-away-from-home in Pennsylvania for the past three years during DCI East weekend — by Harry Heidelmark.
* A complete list of the age-outs among the junior drum and bugle corps of DCI.
* John Casper’s review of DCA prelims from the perspective of a Kilties member.
* “Tragedy and sadness at DCA prelims in Scranton” — an article by William Aldrich-Thorpe about the Kilties’ loss of member Joel “Lothar” Magnuson at the senior corps weekend event.
* Coverage of late-season shows in Rome, NY (August 4); Columbus, OH (August 1); Bridgeport, CT (August 5); and Waterloo, ONT (August 20).
* In Memoriam: William “Duke” Ducharme (1922-2005) from the Springfield, MA, Marksmen; and Val L. Lindholm (1942-2005) from the Great Bend, KS, Argonne Rebels.
Plus advertising by the following companies and organizations that help support Drum Corps World and allow us to continue publishing the newspaper for the 34th continuous year:
* Yamaha Corporation of America — Buena Park, California
* Drum Corps International — Addison, Illinois
* Dynasty Brass and Percussion — Lake Geneva, WI
* Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights’ “Cavalcade of Music” — Toms River, NJ
* Fleetwood Records — Lynn, Massachusetts
* ElipticalFX.com — Alhambra, California
* Drillmasters, Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey
* National Music, Inc. — Woburn, Massachusetts
* Music T’s — Midlothian, Texas
* guardcloset.com — Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
* The Band Shoppe — Cynthiana, Indiana
* Kelly Mouthpieces — Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
* McCormick’s — Arlington Heights, Illinois
* StylePlus — Trenton, New Jersey
* Director’s Showcase — Ligonier, Indiana
* Gateway Shoes — Ballwin, Missouri
* 2Cool Percussion — El Mirage, Arizona
* Inside the Forty — Syracuse, New York
If you contact any of these advertisers for information about their products or services, please mention that you saw their name on this Web site or in Drum Corps World and thank them for their continuing support of not only this newspaper, but of the drum and bugle corps activity as well. Thank you.
Plus our own advertising for the following products available on this Web site through our secure “store”. Click on one of the front-page icons for complete information on each of these items:
* Drum Corps World subscriptions.
* 64 historic compact discs (1950s, 1960s, 1970s) from the collections of Stetson D. Richmond and Alf Wateska.
* DVDs, videotapes and compact discs from DCA 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.
* Volume 2 of “A History of Drum & Bugle Corps”.
* “When drum corps was really drum corps” — a five-volume set of videotapes produced by Larry McCormick on the Chicago Cavaliers that also contains rare footage of junior corps in the 1960s not available anywhere else.
* Compact discs by past drum corps soloists who are now professional musicians — Jim Centorino and Ritchee Price.
* Compact discs by the British group High Brass, made up of former members of a number of top drum and bugle corps in the United Kingdom who travel around that country playing for conventions, meetings and concerts.
* Back issues of Drum Corps World, DCI Today and BANDBeat.
The November issue will contain the following . . .
* Articles, photographs and scores from the Drum Corps United Kingdom (October 1) and British Youth Band Association Championships (October 9).
* An interview with DCI Executive Director Dan Acheson.
* Press releases from junior, senior and alumni corps.
* Photography of several dozen junior, senior and alumni corps.
* Four more “Remembering a few old friends” photographs from the 1960s.
* Brian Tolzmann’s latest collection of tidbits from history in his “Amazing world of drum corps” column
* “Around the world of junior drum corps” column — by Pat Chagnon.
* “Around the world of senior drum corps” column — by Jeff Ream
* Plus much more!
It will be be another 20-page edition and it will be mailed to subscribers on Thursday, October 20, 2005.
SUBSCRIBE TODAY! We are offering a special introductory price for NEW subscribers — both “periodical mail” delivery (seven to 10 days) or “first class” delivery (in an envelope — two to three days to most locations). If you live in the United States, you can sign up for the next year for $45.00. That’s $10.00 off the regular price. Introductory prices are also available for Canadian and foreign subscribers via second class (14 to 21 days) or air mail (four to six days) delivery. If you sign up by Monday, October 17, you will receive the November issue as the first one in your new subscription.
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If you have questions, call DCW Publisher Steve Vickers at 1-800-554-9630. He works out of his home and answers the phone between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM Central time, seven days a week (unless he’s out running errands or on a trip). Voicemail messages are ALWAYS returned promptly.