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Holy Name Cadets returned to roots for diamond anniversary

by Mike Ferlazzo, DCW staff
Mferlazzo@yahoo.com

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

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
Phillip.Capers@golimo.com

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...

January 15, 2010

Program started to restore instrumental music in Seattle

by David Endicott, DCW staff
david@davidendicott.us

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...

January 12, 2010

Dream memories

by Brooklyn Mario
bklynmario@aol.com

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...

January 09, 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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