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.