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