Wind Gap Blue Eagles - Wind Gap, PA, USA
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Drum corps and the military have history

by Greg Jewell, DCW staff

When a person puts on a uniform, there seems to be a transformation that changes that person. A sense of pride, discipline and confidence is present that usually wasn’t there before.

Forth-two years ago, when I first put on the midnight blue cadet jacket of the Argonne Rebels, little did I realize I would be wearing some type of uniform for the next eight years.

My name is...

June 22, 2010

An interview with the Bluecoats’ Michael Gray

by Steve Vickers, DCW Publisher

Michael Gray is an acclaimed Impressionist painter with representation in six galleries throughout the United States. His paintings can be found in government, corporate and private collections throughout the world, including: Axis Worldwide Financial, The Orvis Corporation, General Electric, Arista Records, The Sisters of Mercy Hospitals, Winter...

June 20, 2010

A visit with the Boston Crusaders’ Tom Spataro

by Art Kellerman, Drum Corps World staff

It’s been a cold winter by Florida standards, but the drum corps gods must have smiled favorably on the Boston Crusaders as their February camp was held in warm, sunny conditions.

I got to sit in on an ensemble arc and, though I gave my word not to reveal this year’s program as things have yet to be finalized, I must say that even the drum...

June 14, 2010

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...

June 03, 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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