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Modern instrumentation refines the drum corps sound

by Mike Ferlazzo, DCW staff
mferlazzo@yahoo.com

This article originally appeared in the December 2007 edition of Drum Corps world (Volume 36, Number 16).

While the sound of a drum and bugle corps is still distinct among marching musical groups, long-time followers know it’s evolved and is now quite different than Drum Corps International’s first year in 1972. Few can deny that instrumental advancements have elevated the activity’s performance sophistication, allowing corps to explore...

February 04, 2008

In drum corps’ ‘major league,’ mediums have become the message

by David Hill, DCW staff
dhill@YMCABHAM.org

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

The Drum Corps International version of the drum and bugle corps experience has certainly evolved, having nothing to do with “red-meat” programming choices. Mediums as messages in the delivery of entertainment and information converged to such a pique this season that the non-profit venture could have been confused with major...

February 03, 2008

Part 1: What happened to the drum corps activity in Quebec?

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

This article originally appeared in the April 2007 edition of Drum Corps World (Volume 36, Number 1).

For the first time in 30 years, no drum and bugle corps from the province of Québec competed at the DCI World Championships in 2006. In fact, for the first time in more than 40 years, no competitive junior drum and bugle corps was in existence in the province this past season.

Les Stentors of Sherbrooke made a valiant attempt at building a...

January 31, 2008

Part 4: My Kingsmen journey

by Jeff Davis, DCW staff and member of the Anaheim
jdavis57@sbcglobal.net

This article was originally pubished in the August 11, 2006 edition of Drum Corps World (Volume 35, Number 10.

It’s the Monday before Kamp and emotions are high. Everyone is stoked! I’ve scheduled myself in Riverside so I can be at the opening of Kamp on Wednesday and I’ll be staying Thursday and Friday nights.

Now for a medical update. After three months of therapy, two cortisone injections and one...

January 29, 2008

The baron of backsticking

by Joe Marrella

This article originally appeared in the December 2007 edition of Drum Corps World (Volume 36, Number 15), mailed to subscribers on Thursday, November 15,

Year after year, generation after generation, we seem to move on to “bigger and better”.
But do they really?

Have you seen those Web sites that depict what life was like during past generations? You know, the ones that show fashion, television shows, commercials, toys, cars, candies and gasoline that cost .25 cents a gallon that are now all...

January 25, 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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