Wind Gap Blue Eagles - Wind Gap, PA, USA
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“BLAST!” will launch new tour this fall

by Steve Vickers, Drum Corps World publisher

It’s been a little more than 11 years since “BLAST!” first appeared on stage at the Apollo Hammersmith Theater in London. I was fortunate to be among the audience at the premier and second performance the next day (December 14-15, 1999), the final show in London (April 22, 2000), as well as seven additional times, including on...

May 22, 2011

Spartans: return of a champion

by Michael Carlson, DCW staff

Despite the odds and the plague of rumors throughout the activity, the 2010 season saw the Spartans from Nashua, NH, rise up like a Phoenix from the ashes of an ancient tale. Founded in 1955, the corps has always been a symbol of power and tenacity. Since 1997, the Spartans have been a five-time gold medal winner and have enjoyed the majority of seasons since then with a...

May 17, 2011

An interview with Jeff Fiedler about the “Tour of Champions”

by Steve Vickers, Drum Corps World publisher

Almost a year ago, the top seven DCI drum and bugle corps [at the time called the G7] put forth a new idea to the DCI Board of Directors at the annual spring meeting in Indianapolis. At that time the concept was quite controversial and resulted in impassioned and significant responses on the various drum corps forums for several months...

May 13, 2011

Crossmen on the move

by Scott Wolfe, DCW staff

Beginning in the fall, a lot of sound came from San Antonio, TX, with news of new (and some returning) staff members for the Crossmen. The new visual caption head is Terry Pritchard.

I was able to sit down and talk with Terry and get to know more about him, his background, his current drum corps activity and plans for the year.

Terry has a well-rounded background on his...

May 11, 2011

DCI passes two new rules, tables third idea

Michael Boo, DCI staff

Drum Corps International instructors, designers, judges and directors considered three rules proposals at DCI’s annual meeting in Indianapolis, January 21-22. With few proposals on the docket, it was a quick and tidy affair, in contrast to some gatherings in recent years.

The proposal to allow for vocal categories at the DCI Individual & Ensemble competition passed unanimously by the...

May 08, 2011

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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.