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Blue Stars seek financial assistance

An open letter from the Blue Stars’ director

Dear Drum Corps Fans,

As the director of the Blue Stars, I feel it is now appropriate for me to comment on the corps’ financial situation. There has been much speculation about how the corps got into this position, and I would like to shed some light on the subject.

Toward the end of the 2002 season, the Blue Stars saw a serious drop off in the money received from our bingo program. We hoped it was a seasonal issue (there was some historical precedent), but that was not the...

August 18, 2003

Blue Devils are 2003 DCI champions!

by Catherine Thomas, DCW staff

August 12, 2003

Esperanza, Blue Stars win division championship titles

Esperanza took top honors at the Drum Corps International Division II/III Finals August 9 in Orlando, FL. The San Diego corps defeated the Patriots from Rochester, NY, by less than two-tenths of a point to claim the division II/III title.

The Blue Stars from La Crosse, WI won division III, finishing more than three points ahead of their nearest division competitor.

For coverage of the entire DCI Championships week, pick up a copy of the August 31, 2003 issue of Drum Corps World, or subscribe by clicking on the link...

August 09, 2003

A 56-year-old rookie joins the Hurricanes

by Bill Flaker, DCW staff

This past December I attended the organizational meeting of the Connecticut Hurricanes. I purposely went to bring in a prospective new guard member and to start the groundwork for my writing the history of the corps for the newest book that was just released by Drum Corps World.

I had been asked for a few years to think about joining by many members of the Hurricanes since I have been covering the corps for the past seven years as a staff writer for DCW. I also know many of them since I am a visual adjudicator...

August 08, 2003

Blue Devils come out on top at DCI Semifinals

The Blue Devils from Concord, CA, came out on top at the 2003 Drum Corps International Semifinals August 8 in Orlando, FL, defeating the defending DCI champions, The Cavaliers.

Spirit from Jacksonville State University will be the first corps to perform at finals August 9, following several ceremonies and presentations and an exhibition performance by the United States Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps. Spirit edged out the Blue Knights by just over one-tenth of a point to claim the final spot in the top 12.

For coverage of the entire...

August 08, 2003

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