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Comments from the producers behind the film

This article was originally published in the August 2009 edition of Drum Corps World (Volume 38, Number 5). The DVD “Throw it Down” can be ordered on this Web site.

From the director, John E. Maher

What got you interested in drum corps?

“I knew next to nothing about this subject when my long-time friend, Producer John Kelly, came to me with the idea. I honestly did not see the appeal at first, but when we started to dig into the story, I got excited. I felt that If we could tell this story from inside the heads of...

August 31, 2009

Remembering Joe Swanek

by Jim Centorino, DCW staff

This article was published originally in the May 2009 issue of Drum Corps World (Volume 38, Number 2).

Recently, the drum corps community lost a friend and follower, whose name may not be familiar to some, but whose presence was undeniable to many.

I met Joe Swanek, of Shelton, CT, sometime in the late ’60, when I was marching with the Boston Crusaders. Although I didn’t...

August 25, 2009

Management takes Memphis Sound deep into the heart of Texas

by Mike Ferlazzo, DCW staff

This feature article was published originally in the May 2009 issue of Drum Corps World (Volume 38, Number 2)

Memphis Sound did a little Texas two-step in an effort to ensure the long-term health of the corps. In March, the Mid-South Youth Performing Arts Association — the umbrella organization for Memphis Sound — officially announced the organization’s move to...

August 20, 2009

An interview with Michael Turner from BD Entertainment

by Steve Vickers, DCW publisher

This interview was published originally in the May 2009 (Volume 38, Number 2) edition of Drum Corps World.

Michael and I first met when I moved to Madison, WI, in early 1979. He had just aged out of the Madison Scouts’ color guard and was beginning his instructing career. His innovative choreography and unique equipment work quickly...

August 16, 2009

“The Season”

by “Brookyn” Mario Navetta

This article was originally published in the May 2009 edition of Drum Corps World (Volume 38, Number 2).

When I think of it now, I am certain– well, almost — that it was something hormonal. The New York City winter would leave its gray smudged remnants melting on cold-shadowed factory streets. The block-sized park that disguised itself as our country retreat was again trying to prove to us that trees do, in fact, grow in Brooklyn. We began to get drunk with the savor of the bittersweet...

August 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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