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Jersey Surf’s Peggy Smires: an age-out’s memoirs

by Christina Mavroudis, DCW staff

During the age-out ceremony after semifinals, 22-year-old Peggy Smires, a five-year cymbal player with Jersey Surf, left a nine-page letter detailing her feelings about moving on. Discovered by the clean-up crew, it fell into my hands and I was touched by her obvious love of the activity. After coming off the field at the Division II/III Grand Finals and wearing a white flower sprig like all four age-outs in Jersey Surf, Smires was keeping her emotions in check, barely, as the            realization...

December 10, 2004

Nashua Spartans will march in 5th Presidential Inaugural Parade

The Nashua, NH, Spartans will represent their home state of New Hampshire when they march in the Presidential Inauguration Pade on January 20. The corps is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year and this will be the fifth time in the last 40 years that the corps has been invited to participate in this prestigious event.

The corps won the 2004 Drum Corps International Division II title in Denver, CO, last...

December 10, 2004

Reading Buccaneers announce 2005 staff

The Reading Buccaners are proud to announce the 2005 staff for the successful senior corps from Reading, PA.

Lee Umberger, program coordinator and brass arranger, has a music education degree from Lebanon Valley College and a master’s degree in music composition from West Chester University. He served on the brass and design staff with the Reading Buccaneers from 1997 through the 2001 season. In 2003 and 2004, he arranged the rich and stylistically diverse scores for the Buccaneers titled “The Sea” and “Innovations! The...

December 08, 2004

U.K. High Brass to record with Bob Curnow

“New voices” in the jazz idiom

If you are a connoisseur or lover of big band music, then undoubtedly you will either own or have heard a recording of music that Bob Curnow has helped to create in one format or another.

Born in Easton, PA, Bob was a trombonist with the Stan Kenton Orchestra and was a member of the last “Mellophonium Band.”

In 1973, he began a four-year stint as the A & R Director, arranger, composer, record producer and general manager for Stan Kenton’s Creative World Records,...

December 07, 2004

Blue Stars initiate collaborative relationship with University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

The Blue Stars have announced the initiation of a collaborative relationship with the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, aimed at providing a new opportunity to students who want to march Drum Corps and attend college.

Beginning this year, the two organizations will work together with the hopes of providing some of the Blue Stars’ marching members access to a high-quality college education while facilitating their development as leaders within the corps.

“This is an excellent opportunity,” said Blue Stars Executive...

December 06, 2004

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