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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...

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...

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...

April 17, 2008

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

by Daniel Buteau, DCW staff

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...

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

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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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