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Drum corps travel makes for one amazing summer

by Danny Gottlieb

It has been three years since my last article for Drum Corps World in which I described, from the prospective of a jazz drummer, my new-found fascination and enjoyment of drum corps.

Many of the revelations came through my drum corps family — stepson Brian Radock played in the pit with the Boston Crusaders and won DCI I&E on timpani in 2006, stepson Scott Radock was playing snare in the Glassmen and wife Beth had been a snare drummer with Spirit of Atlanta in 1980.

Well, after this amazing 2009 season,...

March 18, 2010

“A History of Drum & Bugle Corps” volume 1 to be reprinted

by Steve Vickers, DCW publisher

Volume 1 of “A History of Drum & Bugle Corps,” the 432-page, hardcover book published by Drum Corps World in 2002, has been sold out since December 2005.

Because of the increasing possibilities offered by digital printing-on-demand, we are planning to reprint a limited number of copies in softcover. Over the last five years, a good number of people have inquired about the book’s availability, even about...

March 07, 2010

Dozen new titles released in growing “The Beat Goes On” series of 172 CDs

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...

February 19, 2010

The best of both worlds

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,...

February 07, 2010

Holy Name Cadets returned to roots for diamond anniversary

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...

February 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.

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.