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A conversation with Colts’ Director Greg Orwoll

by Steve Vickers, DCW Publisher

The Colts have had a strong drum and bugle corps program for nearly 40 years. Greg Orwoll has been a major reason behind the organization’s success for half its existence, since assuming the reigns from Jim Mason following the 1984 season.

One of the things that has always struck me as particularly interesting about his tenure is the fact that his corps is probably the single most well-known drum and bugle corps in their own community that currently exists in the activity. He spends tremendous...

April 26, 2004

Pride and preservation: further thoughts on alumni drum and bugle corps

by Gary Dickelman, DCW staff

If you have been following the alumni scene through DCW, then you no doubt read my last article, “Build it and they will come” (April 2004, v. 33, no. 1). Thanks to many readers who e-mailed your agreement with my sentiments.

Indeed, there is much more to the exciting, expanding world of alumni drum and bugle corps than reliving youth (to paraphrase a common thread in the messages). Since writing the article, I have performed with two alumni corps in the “Cavalcade of Music” (March...

April 26, 2004

Colts’ spring debut announced

The Colts Drum & Bugle Corps from Dubuque, IA, will hold their annual spring debut concert on Sunday, April 25 at 2:00 PM. The Dubuque Senior High School Nora Gym will be the location and admission is free. The Colts will perform their entire summer musical show.

Also appearing will be the Colt Cadets, presenting a portion of their summer show, and the Colts Youth Chorale, presenting excerpts from their recent concerts. A special guest will be the state champion senior high school color guard in their final performance of the season. The...

April 23, 2004

Blessed Sacrament opens spring concert season

by Gary Dickelman, DCW staff

On March 27, six alumni drum and bugle corps and three high school groups performed to a sold-out “Cavalcade of Music” crowd in Nutley, NJ. It was the first time since 1972 that Blessed Sacrament hosted a show.

Ironically, this was the first year since 1972 that members of a Blessed Sacrament junior corps from Newark made an appearance. Although they are not yet performing, the youngsters who attend Blessed Sacrament School at Clinton Avenue and Van Ness Place devoted this particular Saturday to...

April 23, 2004

Serenade in Brass another showcase of seniors, alumni

by Christina ‘Mav’ Mavroudis-Dempsey, DCW staff

Throughout the evening, tuxed MC Larry Hershman, chairman and one of the “stars” in the sponsoring Five Star Brass Productions, welcomed the audience, but specifically targeted the six who had never been to a “Serenade in Brass” in Harrisburg, PA. Pegged as one of six, it was easy to be assimilated. Resistance was futile because the quality of the production, the sheer caliber of performances, and the magnitude of talent were par excellence.

Ten musical...

April 14, 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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