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An interview with DCI Executive Director Dan Acheson

In this part of my interview with Dan Acheson, I’ve asked him some questions that have been on the minds of many fans following the 2004 season. Part 1 appeared in the November 2004 edition of DCW.

Steve Vickers: I’d like to cover some items that I’ve heard a great deal of talk about since the championships in Denver. I think fans would like to read DCI’s rationale or get some          background. First, the Thursday, August 5,   quarterfinals had a start time printed on the tickets as 3:00 PM and the DCI Web site had the...

December 16, 2004

Mon Valley Express kicks off new senior season

On Saturday, November 27, the Mon Valley Express senior corps held its open house for thes 2005 indoor and outdoor seasons.

With new three-valve horns replacing most of the old two-valves, the corps endeavors to provide quality equipment and instruction for its members. With many returning members (98%) from last season, as well as a very successful recruiting period, membership goals are very close to fruition. MVE is ready for a great first rehearsal.

The show show will feature the music of John Tesh. The musical selections will be...

December 13, 2004

Bridgemen Alumni corps will hold first rehearsal on January 9

Executive Director George Lavelle, Jr. is pleased to announce that months of hard work on the part of his staff will soon yield results. The Bridgemen Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps will rehearse in Bayonne for the first time in 17 years!

Thanks to the benevolence of Father John Doherty of St. Andrew’s Parish, where it all began in 1965, the Bridgemen will convene in the gym of St. Andrew’s School on 4th Street and Broadway at Noon on Sunday, January 9, 2005.

The first hour will be devoted to administrative functions, enrollment...

December 11, 2004

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

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