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A way to increase how many young people participate

by Harry Heidelmark, DCW staff
dcwphotog@aol.com

While drum corps fans across the country enjoy competitions from June through August, marching members of the various corps begin competing much earlier. As early as September, young musicians scan the Web sites of corps looking for audition criteria and printing out musical selections they’ll need to play.

For most corps, the audition process begins in November at the first rehearsal camp. Students sometimes travel across the country in...

December 06, 2007

Fine-tuning the volume on amplification for drum corps

by Mike Ferlazzo, DCW staff
mferlazzo@yahoo.com

This article originally appeared in the November 2007 edition of Drum Corps World (Volume 36, Number 14), mailed to subscribers on October 25, 2007.

Regardless of your position on amplification and what it has meant to the activity since Drum Corps International adopted the rule in 2004, everyone can agree that it has radically changed the programming options available to each corps — and they seem to be using it.

“Anything like...

December 04, 2007

Drum Corps World links list updated, expanded

Steve Vickers
publisher@drumcorpsworld.com

Along with the new design of our Web site front page, the “link” list has been significantly updated, expanded and corrected. Many of the categories has been renamed, sites that were previously listed in an incorrect list have been placed in the right location, approximately 50 additional Web sites have been added and nearly every known active organization has been researched and included on one of the lists.

Visitors are...

November 21, 2007

Drum Corps World adds Collins to help with advertising, circulation sales

by Steve Vickers, Publisher
publisher@drumcorpsworld.com

Sights & Sounds, Inc., publisher of the Madison, WI-based Drum Corps World newsapaper, is pleased to announce the return of Jeff Collins as advertising sales manager. He will be assisting Publisher Steve Vickers as the publication concludes its 36th year of coverage, reporting on the worldwide drum and bugle corps activity. Collins previously worked for the paper from April 1994 to December 1998, and again from June 2001 to...

November 09, 2007

2007 junior corps census shows numbers keep declining

by Brian Tolzmann, DCW staff

This article originally appeared in the November 2007 edition of Drum Corps World (Volume 36, Number 14), mailed to subscribers on October 25.

The number of North American junior corps that made it to the field in 2007 stands at 53, an overall decline of six corps from the 2006 total. Of that 53, just 48 actually competed on the field, marking the first time in the DCI era that fewer than 50 junior corps made it to field competition.

California remains an amazing breeding ground for the junior corps...

November 01, 2007

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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.