To all friends of Drum Corps World and Steve Vickers

by Michael Boo

As you may know by now, Steve has had some serious health problems lately. The owner and publisher of Drum Corps World had to have open-heart surgery in January to replace a defective heart valve. After a relatively short stay at the University of Wisconsin Hospital, Steve was sent home to recover.

If you’ve sent Steve e-mails during that time, please know they may not have been answered as he had great difficulty getting downstairs to where his computer is based.

Steve put together much of the next issue of Drum Corps World before he went into the hospital. He had hoped to finish it as soon as possible.

On January 30, Steve suffered a mild heart attack at home. Fortunately, his mother was with him at the time and was able to get him emergency assistance. As one might expect, a “mild” heart attack is never “mild” to the person having it, especially when they’ve already had complications with their kidneys (Steve has had a kidney transplant) and had just come out of open-heart surgery.

This has not been an easy time for Steve. He intends on making a complete and total recovery; but realistically, he might be out of circulation for a couple months in order to recover in as much of a stress-free environment as possible.

In the meantime, it is hoped that the issue of Drum Corps World Steve had worked on may be completed by others and sent out. We ask your patience regarding this issue and the next couple of issues.

Drum Corps World is Steve’s pride and joy and he will want to get back to it as soon as possible. His readers are important to him and after all these years of giving his all to the publication and the activity, Steve’s emotional investment in the publication remains high.

Those of us personally close to Steve and the publication ask for your patience and understanding. We will do what we can to keep Drum Corps World on track as much as possible.

But even more important, we ask that you keep Steve in your thoughts and prayers.

We’ll keep you informed as we learn more.

The family and friends of Steve Vickers

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Drum Corps World
4926 North Sherman Avenue #H
Madison, WI 53704-8443
Office 608-241-2292
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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.