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Bracken Cadets will celebrate 80th anniversary

During the weekend of October 15-17, the Bracken Cadets Alumni, along with their families and friends, will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the creation of this Bristol, PA-based junior drum and bugle corps.

Plans were formulated over the past year and a half to include a performance of alumni, a reunion dinner-dance and creating a permanent memorabilia exhibit.

Five rehearsals have been scheduled to prepare for marching in the parade and for the         performance which will be open to the public. The are set for October 2,...

September 21, 2004

What have you done to strengthen the drum corps activity today?

by Chris Green

Well, the answer for two new corps in Texas is simple. They are building a drum corps circuit one corps at a time.

The senior/all-age activity has traditionally been the strongest in the Northeastern portion of the United States, with several successful corps in the Midwest (mostly within a few hours of Chicago and Minneapolis). Over the past decade, Heat Wave of Orlando, FL, has been making the 20
hour trip to the Northeast to compete in DCA competitions.

Over the last five years, CorpsVets of Atlanta and...

September 02, 2004

Bridgemen Alumni announce DeLucia and Kerchner are on board

In anticipation of the October 2 open house that will formally launch the Bridgemen Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps, Executive Director George Lavelle proudly announced the staff for the 2005 season.

Lavelle is thrilled that two of the most prominent individuals to ever work with the Bridgemen, Dennis DeLucia and Larry Kerchner, will return to provide and oversee the musical arrangements.

“Dennis and Larry’s talent and expertise always managed to make any corps excel, and the Bridgemen Alumni Corps fully expects to recreate...

August 27, 2004

Blessed Sacrament commemorates 50th anniversary of first championship

On August 7, 2004, an amazing number of original members of the 1954 Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights converged on Union, NJ, to commemorate the “1954 Gold Rush,” the 50th anniversary of the dual national championships won by the corps that year (American Legion and VFW).

Amazing, because the number represented almost 50% of the members who marched in 1954. Also amazing is the fact that both nationals were won just 26 months after the corps entered field competition for the first time — a feat that has not been duplicated in drum...

August 22, 2004

Bridgemen Alumni Corps announces open house

Executive Director George Lavelle is proud to announce that the Bridgemen Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps will host their inaugural open house on October 2, 2004. The festivities will begin at 7:00 PM in the Bayonne Senior Center (formally the St. Andrew’s Chapel).

From 7:00 to 8:00 PM will be registration. Visitors will receive an information package that will include all the things needed to get started with the Bridgemen. You will then register with the organization.

Registration will consist of corps registration, alumni association...

August 16, 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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