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How drum corps prepared us for careers in U.S. Military music groups

by Mike Ferlazzo, DCW staff
by Julie Angelis Sodee

This article originally appeared in the May 2008 edition of Drum Corps World (Volume 37, Number 2).

For years I’ve contemplated writing a story about how drum corps provided the foundation for my career in the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” Recently, I compiled statistics from my colleagues in the other special bands in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C., area.

I was overwhelmed with the stories I received.   This article will share some of those stories for...

July 15, 2008

Part 1: New study builds demographic profile or World Class DCI corps

by Mike Ferlazzo, DCW staff
mferlazzo@yahoo.com

This article originally appeared in the May 2008 issue of Drum Corps World (Volume 37, Number 2).

While the creative staffs design the shows, it’s the performers who ultimately make Drum Corps International’s World Class corps the top marching musical units in the world. And thanks to recent market research efforts, DCI now has a better idea of just who are wearing the...

July 10, 2008

‘Chicago’ Art Kurth, 1937-2000, one of drum corps’ most dedicated, witty participants

by Paul Mordorski, DCW staff
skinnypaulm@yahoo.com

This article originally appeared in the April 2008 edition of Drum Corps World, marking the newspaper/s 36th anniversary (Volume 37, Number 1).

He was one of those rare individuals who felt you should march drum corps every year, no matter what. Art Kurth had a drum and bugle corps career that spanned seven decades and he was planning to continue when the Eternal Drum...

July 05, 2008

Exclusive DCW articles available on Drum Corps Planet

by Steve Vickers, DCW Publisher
publisher@drumcorpsworld.com

When I wrote about the change in frequency for Drum Corps World back in the April issue, I was concerned about the reaction the decision would receive from subscribers and advertisers. Thankfully, the comments I’ve received from everyone is supportive and understanding.

Most drum corps fans can see graphic examples of how the activity has...

July 01, 2008

2008 DCA corps repertoire

compiled by Dave Scott, DCW staff
scottdw02@hotmail.com

This listing originally appeared in the April 2008 edition of Drum Corps World (Volume 37, Number 1) that marked the 36th anniversary of the publication’s founding in the fall of 1971.

• Alliance, “The Hand of Fate”, music by James Newton Howard including selections from
“Signs”.
• Brigadiers, “Reflextions: The Music of Sam R....

June 26, 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.