Drum Corps World releases four new compact discs in new historical series

Fifty years ago, the concept of drum corps audio recordings was still novel. At first, these recordings were only available on 78 RPM discs, with the longer field programs of that era requiring four album sides for a single corps’ performance.

Even as technology improved in the 1960s, the product that reached the consumer couldn’t do full justice to the original recording. Much has changed since then.

With “The Beat Goes On” series, these historic recordings can be heard in their full glory on compact disc. Unlike any previously available versions, these recordings are digitally remastered directly from the master tape archives of Stetson D. Richmond and Alf Wateska.

The first recordings to be issued are from the 1953 and 1963 American Legion Nationals in St. Louis, MO, and Miami, FL, respectively, commemorating the 50th and 40th anniversaries of those contests.

Other CD issues are anticipated in the future, featuring shows spanning the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. “The Beat Goes On” recordings are available exclusively through Drum Corps World. Visit the Drum Corps World online store for details and to order beginning June 9.

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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.

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.