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

by Jeff Davis, DCW staff
Jdavis57@sbcglobal.net

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 gone. Inside its thick stone walls, some 90 men work to convert the old...

April 15, 2010

Corps housing at show sites a growing problem for DCI

by Mike Ferlazzo, DCW staff
Mferlazzo@yahoo.com

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 country’s economic crisis. That adds up to a serious problem for...

April 08, 2010

A few head-scratching moments in drum corps

by Adam Burdett, DCW staff
adamburdett@verizon.net

Over the years, both DCI and DCA have had many results that leave the fans and paying customers wondering, “Did the judges really get it right?” While there are hundreds of these instances for every placement each and every summer, I did my best to think of a pseudo top-ten moments where fans still wonder, to this day, if the right decision was made.

10 — 2000 DCI Cavaliers vs. The Cadets. The end result was a tie, the...

April 04, 2010

Sandy and Bob Neer have been selling original line of souvenirs for 24 years

by Mike Ferlazzo, DCW staff
Mferlazzo@yahoo.com

They’re simply known as “mom and pop.” And they look as comfortable in the close confines of Capital Regiment’s souvenir trailer as other silver-haired grandparents might look in rocking chairs on the front porch.

But don’t tell them to rock the time away. They’ve got far too much to do.

That’s because Sandy and Bob “Old Man” Neer of McMenville, TN — husband and wife, ages 71 and 73, respectively at the start of...

March 27, 2010

Japanese women fulfill dream to march in American corps

by Paul Mordorski, DCW staff
skinnypaulm@yahoo.com

One could call this four-month “vacation” Ikumi and Yui’s most excellent adventure. It has turned out to the fulfillment of a long-time ambition for Ikumi Aoki and Yui Sugiyama, of Mie prefecture, Japan, 2009 members of Minnesota Brass, Inc., as they have marched this entire season with the DCA all-age corps.

They arrived from Japan on April 10 and, after auditioning and receiving moderate instruction on marching style, were...

March 25, 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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