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Electronics and amplification return among proposed changes to DCI

by Kelly Bitter, DCW editor

The Drum Corps International board of directors will have 12 rules proposals to ponder at their January meeting in Orlando, FL. The proposals, 10 of which were submitted by Youth Education in the Arts Executive Director George Hopkins, include changes in show length, corps size, age requirements, instrumentation and more, including the much-debated suggestion of adding electronics and amplification to drum corps shows.

Electronics and amplification
If Hopkins’s proposal is accepted, beginning in...

December 19, 2002

Metroka, Heckmen return as LVK color guard staff

The Lehigh Valley Knights have announced the return of Jennifer Metroka as color guard caption head and Missy Heckmen as guard instructor for the 2003 season. This is Metroka’s second year as guard caption head with the Lehigh Valley Knights. Since the beginning of her marching experience in 1993, she has performed with the Cheiftains, the Bushwackers, Jersey Surf, the West Chester University Marching Band and Field of View winter guard. She has been teaching in the activity since 1997.

Metroka has taught at several high school marching...

December 17, 2002

Banquet honoring Truman Crawford to be held March 22

The Col. Truman W. Crawford Reunion Banquet will be held March 22, 2003, at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA.

Everyone associated with the drum and bugle corps activity is invited to join in a celebration honoring “The John Philip Sousa of the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps.”

Crawford was the oldest Marine on active duty when he retired in 1998. During his career he served as the noncommissioned officer in charge of the United States Air Force Drum and Bugle Corps at Bolling Field in Washington, D.C., spent time...

December 13, 2002

Seattle Cascades hold first camp

December 13, 2002

Drum Corps Europe will hold outdoor shows in 2003

After two years of indoor competition in Europe, Drum Corps Europe has decided to move outdoors. The summer of 2003 will be the first year of outdoor drum corps on a European scale.

There will be three DCE contests, followed by the DCE European Championships. Jubal Drum & Bugle Corps, the Dutch corps that entered the DCI competition last summer, will be one of the competitors in the circuit.

The Drum Corps Europe staff is looking forward to great drum corps season in Europe. The contests are scheduled for May 24, June 14-15,...

December 13, 2002

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