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Space shuttle crew member marched in Philadelphia PAL Cadets

by Harry Heidelmark, DCW staff

While the Philadelphia PAL Cadets were holding a picnic/reunion in Pennsylvania’s Washington State Park the weekend before Labor Day, one former member was in Cape Canaveral, FL, awaiting his first trip into space as a member of STS 115 aboard the space shuttle Atlantis.

Delays for equipment malfunctions and weather concerns kept Captain Chris Ferguson, USN, a former PAL Cadet drummer, and five fellow astronauts earthbound until September 9....

December 09, 2006

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With the January 2007 edition of Drum Corps World coming up in 10 days (mailed to subscribers on December 14), now’s your chance to get an introductory price on a subscription and start the new year right with the drum and bugle corps activity’s only publication that covers division I, II, III, senior, all-age, alumni, parade and standstill groups worldwide!

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December 03, 2006

First-ever all-age, senior corps census

by Brian Tolzmann, DCW staff

Last year, Drum Corps World Publisher Steve Vickers asked me if it would be possible to do some sort of all-age/senior/alumni corps census, to go along with the junior census I have done since the early 1990s. At that time, I didn’t think I would be able to get an accurate count on those corps.

This year I thought I’d give a stab at it to try and find out just how many of these corps were active in North America during the year. What I...

December 02, 2006

Music For All Foundation and Bands of America unite to form Music For All, Inc.

Bands of America and the Music for All Foundation have announced a merger of the two groups to create Music for All, Inc., one of the largest and most influential national music education organizations in support of active music-making. The merger became effective September 14.

Recognized leaders in their fields, Bands of America (BOA) and its Orchestra America division have a 31-year heritage in providing educational experiences for instrumental music programs and students. The Music for All Foundation (MFA), one of the nation’s leading...

November 30, 2006

Marching, music, medicine and science

by Fred H. Olin, M.D., DCW staff

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 Human Performance, the College of Liberal Arts, Department of Bands, and the Cavalier Medical Group. Participants included drum corps medical personnel, marching band directors and teachers, and academics in the...

November 26, 2006

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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.