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Part 4: What happened to the drum corps activity in Quebec?

by Daniel Buteau, DCW staff
d.buteau@cmec.ca

This article originally appeared in the June 22, 2007 edition of Drum Corps World (Volume 36, Number 4).

By the dawn of the 21st century, the drum and bugle corps activity appeared weaker than it had ever been before in Quebec. From 2000 to 2002, the province could only boast three competitive junior drum and bugle corps — Sénateurs de Joliette, Sentinnelles de Varennes, and Stentors. It would take only five years to make a challenging...

April 13, 2008

Remembering the corps of the 1950s — St. Vincent’s Cadets

by Gary Dickelman, DCW staff

This article originally appeared in the May 2007 edition of Drum Corps World (Volume 36, Number 2).

While it is customary to celebrate anniversaries in multiples of five and 10 years, 61 is as respectable an anniversary as any to remember “The Big Green Band,” St. Vincent’s Cadets, the “Corps of the 1950s.” It was that many years ago that the “Big Green Band” from Bayonne, NJ, traveled to Boston, MA, to earn the first of many national titles.

The year was 1946 and this was the first...

April 09, 2008

DCI moves championship to IU in Bloomington due to stadium delays in Indianapolis

DCI press release

Drum Corps International (DCI), the non-profit event producer and sanctioning body for the world’s most elite and exclusive marching ensembles for student musicians, today announced the relocation of its 2008 World Championships to the 52,000-seat Memorial Stadium, on the campus of Indiana University (IU) in Bloomington, Ind. The event was originally scheduled to be held in the new Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, which will not be available in time for this year’s premier event in the world of marching...

April 04, 2008

Part 3: What happened to the drum corps activity in Quebec?

by Daniel Buteau, DCW staff
d.buteau@cmec.ca

This article was originally published in the June 1, 2007 edition of Drum Corps World (Volume 36, Number 3). The first two parts can be found in the archives on this Web site.

Anyone who attended the 1990 DCI Championships in Buffalo, NY, had four opportunities to witness 11 minutes of pure magic. A relatively obscure class A/60 corps, Académie Musicale of Sherbrooke, QUE, stormed the event out of nowhere, not only capturing the DCI Class A/60...

March 23, 2008

Dozen new titles added to ‘Beat Goes On’ series

These dozen new titles are now available on our Web site. Click on “New Historic CDs” to place an order.

Back in the early 1950s, Stetson D. Richmond began offering his audio recordings of drum corps contest action to the public by popular demand. The technology of the day required him to split the typical 13- to 15-minute performance of the day into four segments to fit the 78 RPM record format in common use back then.

Even when 33 RPM solved that problem, albums were still custom-cut on noisy vinyl acetate platters. Today,...

March 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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