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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...

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...

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...

May 02, 2010

A look back at a great senior corps from Pittsburgh, PA

by Jeff Davis, DCW staff

O say, can you see. Are the Rockets still there? Pittsburgh’s award-winning drum and bugle corps needs a little help from its friends. (This article first appeared in the October 17, 1971 Pittsburgh Press, written by Barbara Holsopple.)

The imposing, ivy-covered Penn-Central Railroad station stands boarded up in Wilkinsburg, a tribute to the heyday of an era now...

April 15, 2010

Corps housing at show sites a growing problem for DCI

by Mike Ferlazzo, DCW staff

The drum corps touring model has suffered in recent years from budget-breaking high fuel costs, but its biggest obstacle may be a growing shortage of housing options for corps while they’re out on the road.

More schools are refusing to open their doors to corps and a growing number that do are now charging high rental fees to offset district budget shortfalls caused by the...

April 08, 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.

The worldwide staff of writers and photographers provide show reviews during the season and interviews, feature articles, news and human interest stories during the off-season. The photographs that appear in the magazine are provided by 27 staff members who are scattered around the world. The publication covers World and Open Class Drum Corps International corps, Open and Class A Drum Corps Associates corps, alumni, mini-, parade and standstill units, as well as the growing activity in Europe, the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Philippines and South Africa.