Wind Gap Blue Eagles - Wind Gap, PA, USA
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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...

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

Annual fall junior census again reveals fewer corps

by Brian Tolzmann, DCW staff

The summer of 2006 found a total of 65 active North American junior drum and bugle corps. Of this number, 55 were on-field competition corps, with the other 10 being parade, concert or field exhibition units. The competition corps are familiar to those who follow drum corps, but the others are not as well-known.

Here’s a rundown on those non-competition junior corps that were active in 2006:

• Atlantic Guardian, Maine
• Blue Jay, New York
• Chippewa Valley Brigade, Wisconsin

November 24, 2006

Historic items available in latest auctions

What better way to find yourself or that special drum corps fan on your gift list a treasure from drum corps years gone by!

Starting November 9,2006 at 10:00 PM EST, Drum Corps World and its auction partner, www.drumcorpsnation.com, will launch another series of auctions containing drum and bugle corps items that span the activity over the past 40 years. All auctions will be held at the world’s largest auction site, www.ebay.com. The best way to find a list of each week’s auction items is to visit...

November 07, 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.

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