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Out of Nowhere — the Arizona Academy story

by Christina Mavroudis-Dempsey, DCW staff

Undefeated. It is a rare corps that can boast an undefeated season in their inaugural competitive year. In 2004, Arizona Academy did just that.

On June 19 at the “Moonlight Classic” in Stockton, CA, this virtually unknown corps, dressed only in black bibs, shakos and corps jackets, began their very first competitive show, and at first impact, had the crowd roaring its approval.

On July 6, at “Southwest Corps Connection” in Arizona, this same division II powerhouse ended their...

August 06, 2004

Reporting from the comeback trail of the Pembroke Imperials

by John Stark, corps director

Almost two years ago, DCW reported on efforts to revive the Pembroke Imperials (“Imperials make a comeback” by Kelly Bitter). At that time we were just getting re-established.

The Imperials board of directors was in place; that was about it. We had some initial ideas of acquiring equipment and establishing a parade corps, with the hopes to someday becoming a competition corps.

I am happy to report that our efforts have brought forth some fruit. We are now well onto a course that pretty much...

August 04, 2004

Chicago Royal Airs establish new junior scholarship

The executive board of the Chicago Royal Airs Drum & Bugle Corps recently announced an annual scholarship for a member of a competitive Midwestern junior corps to help defray rising costs of participating in the activity. The minimum annual award will be $600.

The Ethel M. Devitt Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established through a gift from Dr. and Mrs. Jurgis Karuza, of Buffalo, NY, and the Devitt Family of Illinois. The Chicago Royal Airs will award this scholarship annually to one youth who meets specific criteria:

1. Be a...

August 02, 2004

Beatrix is on fifth tour of the U.S.

Friday, July 16, Beatrix left for the USA for the fifth time. It is already the sixth time that the corps has crossed the ocean, but the first tour in 1975 went to Canada and had nothing to do with DCI. In 1979, 1988, 1991 and 2000 Beatrix participated actively in the DCI tour. Now they’re back!

The tour is planned from Friday, July 16, until Monday, August 9. The contests schedule of appearances includes the famous event in Allentown, PA, and, of course, Denver, CO.

There are 150 people traveling. Members, staff and support-staff...

July 29, 2004

Top Secret Drum Corps Performs in NYC

The Swiss community in New York City invites all New Yorkers, friends, and lower Manhattan visitors to celebrate Switzerland’s 713th birthday on Saturday, July 31, at Pier 54.

The festivities will begin at noon and will include Switzerland’s Top Secret Drum Corps, featuring their world famous flying drum sticks. The performance is a blurring, rapid paced act of juggling drumsticks and an unparalleled, powerful display of flagwork.

The Basler Drumming Group Ueli 1876, also performing at Pier 54, is the best known and oldest...

July 23, 2004

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