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Drum corps family needs help after devastating fire

At about 2:30 AM on Wednesday, November 17, drum corps members Phil and Trudi Crouthamel’s son’s house burned to the ground. In the fire, Steve’s seven-year-old son, Jonathan, affectionately called “JJ,” lost his life.

Steve Crouthamel received serious injury to his esophagus as a result of inhaling smoke and the heat generated by the fire. He is recovering in the hospital.

Phil is a long-time member of the Archer-Epler Musketeers color guard. He has held leadership positions in Archer-Epler American Legion Post...

November 21, 2004

History book volume 1 down to less than 30 copies left!

As of Thursday, November 18, there are only about 30 copies of volume 1 of “A History of Drum & Bugle Corps” left on the shelf. During the last six weeks we have received a significant number of orders for both volumes, but especially the first one which was produced in June 2002. Once the stock is sold, there will be no more available. The book will not be reprinted.

You can click on “History Books” on this page to go to our store and place an order, or call 1-800-554-9630 seven days a week between 8:00 AM and 9:00...

November 18, 2004

“BLAST!” has open call to cast members for U.S., Europe and Asia tours

Anticipating the casting for several new productions of the highly successful stage show “BLAST!,” an immediate and open call is going out to age-outs of the drum and bugle corps activity to inquire about positions in the brass, percussion and visual ensemble.

A majority of the performers who have been in previous productions dating back to the fall of 1999 have been from the activity and the producers are looking to drum corps once again for tours that will take the show on its first European tour, a third visit to Japan and another U.S....

November 16, 2004

Cardinals’ Jim Tallo to receive special lifetime achievement award

Jim Tallo will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Danvers, MA, Kiwanis at the Danversport Yacht Club, Danvers, MA, on Thursday, November 18, 2004.

He has been involved with drum and bugle corps, winter color guard and youth organizations for over 50 years. He has also appeared as Santa Claus during the holiday seasons for many years. Through Jim’s diligent and dedicated efforts, he has awarded over a million dollars in scholarships to our youth. This is an absolutely an amazing accomplishment. He not only deserves this award,...

November 14, 2004

The Amazing World of Drum Corps

Brian Tolzmann

VFW must have stood for Very Freaky Woman — I received the following story via phone call from Bill Clendenon, who was involved as both a marching member and an instructor with the Greeneville, TN, Presidents Drum & Bugle Corps. The Presidents were a fixture at VFW National Championship contests throughout the 1950s and early 1960s. They also represented Tennessee in both inaugural parades for President Eisenhower.

In 1967, the Presidents had their finest unit ever, but decided not to compete on the field. They...

November 13, 2004

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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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