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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...

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...

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...

February 02, 2010

Drum corps is different, in the same old way

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...

January 27, 2010

What do drum corps and Iraqi war veterans have in common?

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...

January 15, 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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