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Drum Corps World seeks writers for 2006 season

Steve Vickers, DCW Publisher

Each year, I try to expand the size of the writing staff to ensure that a broad cross-section of the worldwide drum and bugle corps competition season is covered in the print version of Drum Corps World. Positive reviews of shows make up the majority of articles that appear in the 11 summer editions and the season wrap-up issues in September (August DCI...

April 19, 2006

‘Rockin For A Cure’ will benefit ALS research, honor former Madison Scout

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is an insidious disease that strikes people down, often in the prime of their life.

‘Rockin For A Cure’ is the dream of Steve Weekes, who came up with the idea while in the waiting room of an ALS clinic with his brother, John, and his sister, Monica. Shortly after his diagnosis in August 1999, he began work on the ALS benefit and enlisted the help of long-time friends from the Madison Scouts.

This year marks the sixth year of this important ALS benefit, which...

April 16, 2006

Part one: Money matters Today’s touring corps learn how to support big business

by Mike Ferlazzo, DCW staff

Money may not make the world go round, but it ultimately makes the wheels of the bus go round for touring drum corps. And as touring has become more extensive, shows more elaborate, and equipment needs and instrumentation more sophisticated, it takes more money than ever before to keep those busses rolling.

Most of today’s largest touring corps have budgets around a...

April 12, 2006

Troopers are approved to return to DCI Division I in 2007

Following a meeting with Drum Corps International’s Executive Committee on April 7, 2006, the Troopers have been preliminarily approved to rejoin the ranks of DCI in full division I competition for the 2007 competitive season. Final approval is expected later this year when the full DCI Board meets to vote on the matter.

DCI Executive Committee members praised the Troopers’ executive director, Mike Ottoes, for the diligent work and appropriate steps taken over the last seven months to rectify the issues which caused the corps’...

April 12, 2006

Jim Ott scholarship seeks applicants

Applications are now being accepted for the annual Jim Ott Scholarship. The award, sponsored by Sponsors of Musical Enrichment (S.O.M.E.), is for $3,000 and is granted to a single individual for a one-year period. High school seniors or students presently attending an institutiono of higher learning are eligible.

The following criteria are considered for the awarding of the scholarship:

* The candidate must demonstrate financial need
* The candidate must be participating in a drum and bugle corps
* The candidate must...

April 10, 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.