Wind Gap Blue Eagles - Wind Gap, PA, USA
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Spartans have new show sponsor

BAE Systems is proud to sponsor the Spartans Drum & Bugle Corps’ 50th anniversary celebration in 2005 and will be cheering for them on July 2 for their “Bugler’s Holiday” performance in Nashua, NH.

The company is a long-time supporter of this extraordinary group of young people and the reason for our support is clear:

Like BAE Systems, the Spartans have also contributed to the social fabric of New Hampshire’s local communities for half a century. Even more, what the Spartans do on the field is very much akin to the...

April 26, 2005

An interview with Glassmen director Brian Hickman

by Steve Vickers, DCW Publisher

A year ago I interviewed Brian about the Glassmen and we covered a number of subjects that I had always wondered about. Now the corps has some interesting plans for this season and beyond that I wanted to let our readers learn about.

I’ve known Brian since he first became involved with the Toledo, OH, corps almost 10 years ago. He has...

April 13, 2005

Pioneer will host open house May 1

The Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps is proud to announce their upcoming open house on Sunday, May 1, at 1:00 PM (CDT). It will take place at the Waukesha South High School Auditorium, 401 E. Roberta Ave., Waukesha, WI 53154.

The corps will present music from its 2005 production, “This Place Called Ireland.” Their “brothers and sisters” from Racine, the Kilties, will also present music from their 2005 production. The combined corps will end the open house concert with “America / O’Canada,” the familiar medley...

March 30, 2005

Photos, information and alumni contacts sought for Giles Yellow Jackets

Hello to all of my drum corps brothers and sisters,

My name is Toni O’Kelley-Pope and I marched with the Des Plaines IL,
Vanguard from 1965 through 1969. I was also a color guard instructor for
both field and winter guard for many years. I wrote for Drum Corps Digest
(“The Hap’nin’ Set”) for about seven years as well.

I have embarked on a new drum corps project and it has a lot of
facets. First of all, in our quest to reunite the members of the George L.
Giles Yellow Jackets...

March 24, 2005

Bandettes! The only remaining all-girl corps in danger of folding

by Ross J. Kuhn

Several years ago, there was a sisterhood of all-girl drum corps. Corps such as the CapitolAires, St. Ignatius Girls, the Mello-Dears and the Bellettes all competed against each other in their own all-female division. In its heyday, the all-girl segment of the activity counted more than 100 units among its participants. These young ladies would perform side by side with all-male and co-ed corps from all across the country.

Those days are long past and only one active all-girl corps still tours the nation. This corps is...

March 22, 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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