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DCI executive director looks ahead to 2010 season following the recent divide

by Mike Ferlazzo, DCW staff

May 29, 2010 – Indianapolis, IN — These have truly been tumultuous times for Drum Corps International.

DCI’s Indianapolis office is normally a hub of activity this time of year, as the staff prepares for the summer tour ahead. But this spring’s philosophical division among the leadership of member corps has added even more pressing demands to the already full plates of DCI Executive Director Dan Acheson and his staff.

Acheson’s charge now is to bring the two deeply-divided sides —...

June 04, 2010

Electronic bingo ban will affect California corps

by Christina Mavroudis-Dempsey, DCW staff

Are they slot machines or are they bingo aids? Legal or illegal?

That was the debate for nearly two years when the California Legislature banned electronic bingo machines in 2008. A temporary injunction allowed charity bingo games, like drum and bugle corps, to continue operating the machines, but in December 2009, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the injunction. Consequently, on February 1, 2010 the...

June 03, 2010

DCI Member corps divided on group’s future direction and leadership

by Mike Ferlazzo, DCW staff, and Steve Vickers, DC
Mferlazzo@yahoo.com, publisher@drumcorpsworld.com

Publisher’s note: The following article is on the front page of the June 2010 edition of Drum Corps World that will be mailed on Thursday, May 20. Normally we do not use our Web site for breaking news, but in this case, I thought it would be appropriate given the face that the Facebook post on the DCW page last Friday morning has generated...

May 19, 2010

New DCI rule redefines pre-show timing, judging, creative elements; permits illegal devices/instruments

by Mike Ferlazzo, DCW staff

Among the six new rules passed by the Drum Corps International voting membership at its annual business meeting at the Indianapolis Westin on Saturday, January 23, one may have a profound influence on the future of the junior drum and bugle corps activity.

Passage of a pre-show proposal, authored by The Cadets’ director, George Hopkins, will now permit corps to use any device — including recorded music and illegal instruments —...

May 15, 2010

An interview with Bob Thomas about the activity in Europe

by Steve Vickers, DCW Publisher

I first met Bob when I attended the first Drum Corps Europe Championship in Utrecht, Holland, back in September 2003. He was one of the American judges engaged in the new European venture to bring all of the corps together into a cohesive organization.

Since that time, he’s taken on a broader role as the person who organizes, trains and leads the adjudication process for the sanctioned competitions DCE holds in the...

May 02, 2010

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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.

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