by Ken Mason, DCW staff
“The Beat Goes On,” an audio time capsule for the drum corps activity, now has yet another dozen CD’s worth of Stetson D. Richmond and Alf Wateska recordings to choose from. Junior corps of the 1970s are getting a little more attention in this batch, but the ’50s and ’60s releases are carefully chosen for their significance.
Speaking of which, the 1954 American Legion Nationals, Volume 2, begins our senior coverage for that season. Hearing...
by Fran Haring, DCW staff
What a weekend it was! My wife Barbara and I had the unique opportunity to see several of the best drum corps in the world, from two distinct sides of the drum corps activity, on the very same weekend. I call it our “Best of Both Worlds Tour.” Here are some highlights of our weekend.
Our trip began on the morning of Saturday, August 1. Our destination was Scranton, PA, about a three-hour drive from our home in Baltimore. Well, okay,...
by Mike Ferlazzo, DCW staff
History called for 2009 to be a monumental year for The Cadets — whether it’s the Holy Name, Garfield, Bergen County or contemporary variety. That’s because the nation’s second-longest continually operating junior drum corps — and one of its most decorated — is celebrating its 75th anniversary.
More than 4,000 men and women have marched with the Cadets and the organization has planned quite the birthday party for its...
Recently, I was asked to attend the DCI West Championship held in Stanford Stadium. First, I was asked to attend as a guest, but at the last moment that was changed. I was contacted by a friend and informed that circumstances would not allow her to make the trip. I thought I was off the hook since I, too, had decided not to go. WRONG!
She asked me to go and instead provide her a perspective of someone who has been out of the activity for a long time. I agreed to do it and was off.
About 10 hours later, there I was, like “Alice in...
by Phillip Capers
In Dallas on the weekend of July 17, I had the opportunity to experience what makes America great and separates us from all the other countries in the world, at least in my opinion. I work for a chartered transportation company, Wynne MotorCoaches, LLC, which is enjoying the privilege of providing chartered transportation services for several DCI drum corps during the 2009 competition season.
Last year, we were fortunate to be asked to...