by Andrew Wheeler, DCW staff
June 18, 2004 — Oswego, IL . . . The drizzle that plagued the “Prairie Fest” for much of the day gave way to a short rainbow just before the opening of the 16th annual “Festival of Brass.” The evening was cool and breezy, but a great night for drum corps, and the show did not disappoint.
The late addition of Capital Sound to the lineup, the excellent standstill show by the Oswego High School Band and the exhibition by the Royal Airs added much to the long-anticipated opening night.
by Steve Vickers
Brian Hickman has been director of the Glassmen since the mid-1990s and has not only established the Toledo, OH, corps as a prominent competitor in DCI, but has also solidified the organization as an important part of the city’s musical entertainment offerings.
I’ve long admired Brian’s thoughtful and reasoned approch to running his corps and I’m pleased we finally got a chance to cover some topics I’ve been wondering about for some time.
Steve Vickers: First, tell me a little about your background...
by Bob Fields, DCW staff
HOT! was the key word for the day of music at this year’s “Memorial Brass” concert, sponsored by Youth Education in the Arts! — hot music brought to fans by the USSBA All Stars, the USSBA All-Star Jazz Band, the USSBA Honors Percussion Ensemble, the United States Marine Corps All-star Jazz Ensemble, The Cadets, and the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps.
It was a scorcher in more ways than one, with high temperatures outside and cool music inside. Although no performers or audience members were felled by...
Star of Indiana has announced that their phenomenally popular stage spectacular “BLAST!” will return to Japan for an eight-week engagement from July 28 through September 19, following their three performances at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, IL, July 16 and 17.
The official United States tour began at the Peoria Civic Center in September 2001, and the show returns to Japan after three sold-out weeks there last summer.
Last year “BLAST!” truly took the Japanese by storm, creating an excitement akin to the Beatles’ arrival...
by Joel Leson
There is only one way to travel to a drum and bugle corps event and that’s by bus! That’s how members of the Archer-Epler Musketeers Drum and Bugle Corps and the Audubon Bon Bons Alumni Chorus chose to go the 470 miles from Audubon, NJ, and Upper Darby, PA, to the 2004 Great Alliance Seniors reunion held in Hamilton, ONT, April 30-May 2.
Packing the bus with drums, bugles, suitcases, snack food and liquid libation, the Musketeers and Bon Bons allowed this Yankee Rebel to join them for what was a very memorable...