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Program started to restore instrumental music in Seattle

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...

January 12, 2010

Dream memories

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 . . ....

January 09, 2010

Making magic happen — the people behind the DCI show in Kingston, NY

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...

December 30, 2009

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...

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...

December 11, 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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