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It was a very good year: DCAssociates in review

by Timothy
highcard@optonline.net

This article was originally published in the October 2008 edition of Drum Corps World (Volume 37, Number 7).

A bittersweet year for this writer it may have been, but with plenty of great performances during the campaign, it cannot be dimmed by a season without finals.

Kudos are insufficient when it comes to a précis of the Reading Buccaneers’ achievements over the past four seasons. Does “seamless” begin to touch upon what the...

November 28, 2008

A profile of the legendary Bonnie Ott-Thompson

by Christina Mavroudis-Dempsey, DCW staff
christina.mav@gmail.com

This article was originally published in the September 2008 edition of Drum Corps World (Volume 37, Number 6).

“I’m glad that I decided to play again. It’s been a lot of fun.” So says the legendary mellophone player, Bonnie Ott-Thompson, on her decision to return to the activity after several decades’ absence.

A role model for girls across the country during the early years of DCI, Bonnie, 53, was raised...

November 22, 2008

DCI 2008 as a fan

Steve Rondinaro
steverondinaro@yahoo.com

This article was originally published in the September 2008 edition of Drum Corps World (Volume 37, Number 6).

A fish out of water? Pretty much. The “pond” was plenty familiar, but that was it.

Our live, five-hour Thursday night cinecast of the quarterfinals went very well, even though we did it with a smaller crew due to budget cuts. I had a great time doing “combo duty” as host and roving sideline reporter. It was extra...

November 13, 2008

‘Beat Goes On’ series has more corps on CD

by Ken Mason, DCW staff
audiodb@yahoo.com

This article was originally published in the November 2008 edition of Drum Corps World (Volume 37, Number 8).

Twelve more CDs are being added to “The Beat Goes On” series of historic drum corps audio recordings from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. We strive to offer the widest variety of corps from that three-decade period, courtesy of the vast archives of Stetson D. Richmond and Alf Wateska. And we don’t stop at the top — we aim to bring to...

November 07, 2008

Carolina Crown features DCI record 80-person brass, record-tying 16 tubas!

by Mike Ferlazzo, DCW staff
mferlazzo@yahoo.com

This article originally appeared in the Augut 2008 edition of Drum Corps World (Volume 37, Number 5).

Since its image makeover in 2003, Carolina Crown has made one of its programming hallmarks approachable music with a big, warm brass sound. So when Drum Corps International expanded the member limit to 150 this summer, Crown’s staff decided to make that big sound bigger. No, make that the biggest.

Crown’s creative team made a...

November 04, 2008

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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.

The worldwide staff of writers and photographers provide show reviews during the season and interviews, feature articles, news and human interest stories during the off-season. The photographs that appear in the magazine are provided by 27 staff members who are scattered around the world. The publication covers World and Open Class Drum Corps International corps, Open and Class A Drum Corps Associates corps, alumni, mini-, parade and standstill units, as well as the growing activity in Europe, the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Philippines and South Africa.