16 new compact discs added to historic recording list

We have just added an additional 16 historic CDs to the growing list of recordings available exclusively through Drum Corps World. These new items bring the total to 50 from the Stetson D. Richmond and Alf Wateska archives. In addition, the Dale Johnson collection contains 38 CDs. They are now the first 16 items on the store listing and each new one has the word “NEW” in the title.

All of this material is derived from remastered copies of the original reel-to-reel tapes recorded by these gentlemen back in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

The Richmond and Wateska material has not been available for 35 to 40 years.

Recording engineer Ken Mason was given access to the tapes by the current owner and he spent literally hundreds of hours transfering the recordings to digital computer files and running them through special computer programs to remove tape hiss and as much extraneous noise like wind and rain from the recordings as possible.

He listened to every minute of every recording and made notes on particularly good performances and recordings. From the resulting collection, he is periodically releasing selected shows. Fortunately, very few of the tapes were unusable.

All 50 of the Richmond and Wateska recordings, and all 38 of the Johnson recordings can be ordered on-line through our secure store by clicking the appropriate icon on the front page of this site or by simply going to the “store.”

You can also call 1-800-554-9630 between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM Central time seven days a week to place an order using your VISA or MasterCard.

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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.

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