Wind Gap Blue Eagles - Wind Gap, PA, USA
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An interview with the Troopers’ interim director, Mike Ottoes, about recent events

by Harry Heidelmark, DCW staff

Following the decision by DCI’s Board of Directors on September 23, terminating the membership of the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps, Mike Ottoes was named interim director of the organization. Since then, he has spent a considerable amount of time determining the best direction for the corps and solutions to the issues taking Troopers off the competitive field, temporarily.


December 04, 2005

12 brand-new historic CDs added to collection; brings total to 74 from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s

by Ken Mason, DCW staff

Just in time for Christmas shopping, “The Beat Goes On” is happy to announce the addition of 12 more CDs to our series of historic drum corps recordings from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Several exciting treats are in store for drum corps enthusiasts in this latest batch.

We lead off with the oldest surviving master tapes in all of drum corps. Stetson D. Richmond’s drum...

November 23, 2005

21st Century Foundation announces new drum corps ‘Ambassador’ program

Teach something, learn something, make a friend across the sea. Can you help sponsor a “Drum Corps Ambassador” for the 2006 season of a DCI Division II or III corps?

The 21st Century Drum & Bugle Corps Foundation, Inc. has announced this new program. It will provide four scholarships of $300 each, paid to a host corps as part of the ambassadors’ membership fees.

Ambassadors will come from countries with established marching programs and would have little if any financial resources with which to participate in the DCI tour....

November 23, 2005

An interview with DCA Announcer Fran Haring

by William Aldrich-Thorpe, DCW staff

This interview is long past due. Fran Haring has been a DCA icon for many years and has the distinct title of the “Voice of DCA,” as he is the official announcer at the DCA World Championships. The Labor Day 2005 weekend marked his 23rd season.

Fran has been involved with drum corps in one way or another since 1967. He has marched a total of 12 seasons,...

November 22, 2005

Here is what’s in the December issue of Drum Corps World

The December 2005 edition of Drum Corps World was mailed to subscribers on Thursday, November 17. Here is a list of the articles and features included in this 24-page tabloid newspaper (Volume 34, Number 15), one of 18 issues totaling 400 pages of informatin produced yearly:

On the front page are color photos of Pacific Crest, Diamond Bar, CA; and Impulse, Costa Mesa, CA.

Also on the cover are the following articles:
* “DCA fall meeting has elections, plans for 2006.”
* “21st Century Foundation announces...

November 20, 2005

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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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