Wind Gap Blue Eagles - Wind Gap, PA, USA
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Turning the tide: South African Field Bands (corps)

by Allison Close, DCW staff

When one sees drum corps on the field during the summer, it is easy to concentrate too much on the enjoyment it brings as a viewer, and overlook the empowering, enhancing experience that the activity brings to the young people involved.

Outside the United States, particularly in less economically prosperous regions of the world, drum corps has worked its wonders in a variety of situations; young people of many nations have experienced participation in drum corps and related musical activities and come away...

July 31, 2005

Memories of St. Rita’s Brassmen

by Mark Riley

“Formation A!” Even now, more than 30 years later, the words have resonance. As I set out for Glendale, Queens, this past March 5, they came back, spoken in the back of my head, gravelly, Brooklyn accent and all.

I was joining more than 100 others for a very special gathering. Members of St. Joseph’s Patron Cadets (1962-1968) and St. Rita’s Brassmen (1969-1973) were coming together for a reunion, the second since the corps’ last competitive season.

This one would be different. The man, who more than any...

July 30, 2005

Blue Devils will be profiled on “Extra” August 9

A short segment from the documentary “11 1/2 Minutes” will be shown on the nationally-synidicated magazine show “EXTRA” that will air on Tuesday, August 9, during DCI Championships Week.

The program airs on most NBC network affiliates at either 7:00 PM or 7:30 PM. Check your local listings for the exact time it will be shown in your area. The program is also seen across Canada and has a nightly viewership of an estimated 4 million people.

This exposure will not only be good for the Blue Devils, but also for the...

July 29, 2005


by Fred Olin, DCW staff

A couple of years ago I submitted another column with the same title, “DrumCorpsMudgeon,” and, much to my surprise, it was published. Here’s the dictionary definition of the original word, “curmudgeon” from Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary, Second Edition: “A       cantankerous fellow.” That’s me, today, on a gray, rainy day when I can’t seem to find anything useful to do. Let’s see, what should I grumble about?

Let’s start with the decision by the powers that be to...

July 26, 2005

An interview with Glenn Kubacki, Fleetwood recording engineer

by Steve Vickers, DCW Publisher

I’ve known Glenn for a number of years, having met him through the historic record auctions that Drum Corps World ran twice a year since 1992. He both placed items in the auction for sale and also was a frequent purchaser of items for his extensive collection.

For the past year, he has been involved in a major project to bring the Fleetwood...

July 25, 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.

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.