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

by Steve Vickers, Publisher

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...

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

Dozen new historic CDs released in “The Beat Goes On” series

by Ken Mason, DCW staff

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

Even when 33 1/3 RPM solved that problem, albums were still...

October 10, 2007

Part 4 — An interview with arranger Larry Kerchner

by Harry Heidelmark, DCW staff

Publisher’s note: The previous three segments of this interview appeared in the December 2006, January and February 2007 editions of Drum Corps World. This part originally appears in the March 2007 issue (Volume 35, Number 18).

Harry Heidelmark: I’ve heard you found some inaccuracies in both volumes of “A History of Drum & Bugle Corps?” Could you shed some light on the information you feel is incorrect?

Larry Kerchner: You mean, other than the four or five different spellings of my last...

September 16, 2007

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

by Daniel Buteau, DCW staff

This article originally appeared in the April 2007 edition of Drum Corps World (Volume 36, Number 1), mailed to subscribers on March 15, 2007.

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 corps until the month...

September 12, 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.