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Corps vote to reinstate Drum Corps Midwest

by Kelly Bitter, DCW editor

After a one-year trial of the new Drum Corps International-Midwest division, member corps of the old Drum Corps Midwest circuit voted September 13 to reinstate DCM.

Last year, the corps had voted to allow DCI to run the Midwest division, including the schedule and the championships in De Kalb, IL, for one year and to meet again to discuss plans for the future after the trial season. With all but two of the midwestern corps in attendance (Phantom Regiment and the Decorah Kilties were not represented at the meeting), the final vote was 10 votes to 8, with one abstention, to return to DCM.

The four senior corps, division I Pioneer and five of the division III corps that are members of Drum Corps Midwest voted for the return, while the remaining seven Midwestern division I corps and division II Capital Sound voted against the motion. The Americanos abstained.

Corps voting for the return to Drum Corps Midwest
Pioneer
Blue Stars
Bandettes
Chops, Inc.
Marion Glory Cadets
Lake Erie Regiment
Racine Kilties
Govenaires
Minnesota Brass, Inc.
Racine Scouts

Corps voting against the return to Drum Corps Midwest
Madison Scouts
Southwind
Capital Sound
Capital Regiment
Bluecoats
The Cavaliers
Colts
Glassmen

Abstaining corps
Americanos

For the rest of this article, pick up a copy of the October 2003 issue of Drum Corps World, available October 2.

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