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Part 3: Evaluating Electronics — Older fans, corps vets run range of reactions to new electronics

by Mike Ferlazzo, DCW staff

Drum Corps International’s introduction of electronic instruments this season was designed to bring a new creative tool to the drum corps field, while opening up new opportunities for young people to play those instruments. And there was also hope that the new electronics may also draw new fans to the activity.

But what about the existing fans and drum corps veterans who may have liked the activity the way it was, with shows built around...

December 14, 2009

Part 2: Evaluating electronics — Members, other young people give electronics mixed reviews

by Mike Ferlazzo, DCW staff

The introduction of electronic instruments to the Drum Corps International field this summer was designed to give show designers an additional creative tool. It was also supposed to give young people, who are reportedly using electronics more in their daily musical activities, what they wanted — opening new participating opportunities in the process.

But when the electronic instruments rules change was mentioned during DCI’s “The...

December 11, 2009

Part 1: Evaluating electronics — Directors, designers see creative options, expense with electronics

by Mike Ferlazzo, DCW staff

The use of electronics has had both a profound and polarizing effect on drum corps since amplification was first permitted by Drum Corps International in 2004. And legalizing electronic instruments this summer has further turned up the volume on the great electronics debate.

Some of the top drum corps designers support further electronic exploration to move the activity forward — similar to the introduction of keyboard instruments or...

December 09, 2009

Catching up with the Glassmen . . . 10 years later!

Kevin Gamin, DCW staff, DCP Managing Editor

It has been 10 years since I last stepped foot into Glassmen’s rehearsal facility, affectionately known as “G-West” to the many members, staff, volunteers and fans through the years. Walking into the former Oakshade High School this past February was like walking into a time machine.

The paint on the walls was fresher, the chances of a hot shower were much greater and the number of familiar faces was fewer, but the...

December 06, 2009

Interview: Larry Hershman has wide-ranging history in drum corps activity

by Steve Vickers, Drum Corps World Publisher

Larry and I have been friends for probably 25 years. He’s one of those people who has had a hand in a variety of corps and organizations, on both the DCI and DCA side of the activity. He’s well-known as a corps director, program coordinator, show promoter, judge, administrator and consultant, and his involvement spans a major part of the drum and bugle corps movement’s storied history.

For many years he...

November 30, 2009

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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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