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Part 2: Reinventing the activity — drum corps showcases instrument innovations

by Mike Ferlazzo, DCW staff

This article originally appeared in the January 2008 edition of Drum Corps World (Volume 36, Number 16).

Young athletes and their coaches know where to find the latest advancements in equipment for their sports — and it’s not usually in their local sporting goods stores. It’s in what the world class athletes use.

Looking for the next great basketball shoe that is lighter and more durable, but will make you jump higher? Check...

April 30, 2008

Ten minutes being the best you can be . . . alive!

by Mitch Miller

This article originally appeared in the January 2008 edition of Drum Corps World (Volume 36, Number 16).

You can see your breath in the brisk night air. You shiver, though if from the cold or simply from anxiety and excitement, you can’t tell. No one speaks as the silent procession makes its way to the beckoning lights ahead.

You look up to the sky in time to see the gray clouds roll away, revealing the full moon which casts its pale glow down to reflect off the uniforms around you.

Now you are at the...

April 29, 2008

Drum corps: a jazz drummer’s perspective

by Lauren Vogel Weiss, DCW staff

This article originally appeared in the November 2008 edition of Drum Corps World (Volume 35, Number 15).

How does a world-renowned jazz musician get “hooked” on drum corps? Here’s how it happened for me.

I have been a jazz drummer, music fan and concert-goer for more than 35 years. In 1998, I married Beth (nee Hardcastle, who marched snare drum in the Spirit of Atlanta back in 1981) and during the past several years I have attended...

April 22, 2008

Marching, music, medicine and science

Fred Olin

This article originally appeared in the December 2006 issue of Drum Corps World (Volume 35, Number 15).

On October 19 and 20 at Auburn University in Alabama, a conference titled “Marching, Music, Medicine and Science” was convened to discuss the health evaluation and health maintenance of marching musicians.

Co-sponsors were the Auburn University College of Education, Department of Health and Human Performance, the College of Liberal Arts, Department of Bands,...

April 21, 2008

Part 9: My Kingsmen journey

by Jeff Davis, DCW staff and member of the Anaheim

This article originally appeared in the November 2007 issue of Drum Corps World (Volume 36, Number 14).

There was no intent on my part to write only nine in this series of articles, it just turned out that way, and the title could not be more appropriate. Before going too far, I think this would be the appropriate time to reflect back on just how this whole project got started and the progress that led up to August...

April 17, 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.

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