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...
by David Endicott, DCW staff
Thirty years ago, the instrumental music program in Seattle Public Schools was a model copied across the nation. Since then, because of levy failures and budget cutbacks, little of that once model program remains. It’s this way in many schools across the nation.
You know how it goes — budget woes mean that music instruction and other arts are the first programs to be cut. It’s gotten so bad here in Seattle that one music...
by Brooklyn Mario
Scalding Sunday sun . . . the siren-coaxing sound of rehearsing horns and drums heard from a distance of three blocks before you reach the stadium . . . coughing monoxide fumes in the parking lots . . . symbiotically impassive mounted Jersey City police and their horses maneuvering orderliness and direction to wayward busses, cars and people . . . jackets of every color and corps . . . impatiently squirming queues at the ticket windows . . . “Dream contest...
by Patti Heberssat
How does anyone begin to describe the excitement and fanfare that is evidence of a drum and bugle corps show. Shows don’t just happen by magic — they just appear that way.
During a recent interview with Dr. John Carr, Chairman of the Children’s Home of Kingston “March of Champions,” which is being held for its thirteenth year on August 8, he was able to describe the planning and volunteer hours that go into making this event happen.
Carr has worked with an amazing group of volunteers for the last...