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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

Troopers’ Hollywood story to make big-screen as documentary

by Mike Ferlazzo, DCW staff

This summer’s rebirth of Troopers one year after their near extinction is a “rags to riches” story that sounds like a Hollywood script. And thanks to one of their former drum majors, that story will actually make it to the big screen as a documentary fittingly titled “America’s Core.”

The film will be the first solo documentary for director Michael D. Gough of Boise, ID — a three-year soprano for the Troopers before becoming drum major in 2003 and 2004. Gough and sound engineer Aaron...

September 05, 2007

Visit Drum Corps World table at DCA

Steve Vickers, DCW Publisher

This weekend in Rochester, NY, at the 2007 Drum Corps Associates Championships, Drum Corps World will have a table in the souvenir area offering a special price for new subscribers who sign up for a one-year subscription or current subscribers who wish to renew for an additional year. The introductory price is $40.00 for U.S. residents and $51.00 for Canadian residents . . . $15.00 off the regular price! A similar discount will be...

August 29, 2007

A look back: 1973 Boston Crusaders prove corps was made of giants

by Bob Kennedy, in memory of Neil O. Connolly

This article was originally published in the August 10, 2007 edition of Drum Corps World (Volume 36, Number 10).

The 1973 season was one very difficult, yet special year in the 67-year history of the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps. To tell the story of this one season is a feat in itself, for many decades have passed us by and the memories seemingly blend together as one.

The Boston Crusaders were hit by two major catastrophes two years before the 1973 season. These two...

August 19, 2007

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