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DCA ready for potential record season

by Tom Peashey, DCA PR

Saturday, March 27, saw the membership of DCA meet in regular session to finalize all information for the 2004 season, discuss at length the future of DCA and have the draw for positions at all contests.

The weekend started with an executive board and committee meeting to discuss at length the direction that DCA should plan on taking in the years to come. This progressive meeting was well-attended and included specific, detailed input that may lead to considerable change in the make-up of the organization come the...

April 14, 2004

Renegades will host 5th Annual “Loud Music Symposium”

The San Francisco Renegades Drum and Bugle Corps jas announced this year’s “Loud Music Symposium 5″ will be held at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco on April 25. This spectacular celebration of loud music and performance artistry will tantalize the eardrums of unsuspecting listeners with an amazing showcase of diverse artists.

The event is a festival celebrating the variety of music and visual arts native to the San Francisco Bay Area. Featured performers include the San Francisco Renegades, the Punk Rock Orchestra and...

April 08, 2004

A potential threat to drum corps members — the sun!

by James Althouse, DCW staff

The U.S. Food and Drug administration estimates that approximately one million Americans each year will be stricken with skin cancer, a potentially deadly disease, which is the most common of all types of cancers.

Lucky for most, the vast majority of these cases will be either basal cell or squamous cell carcinomas, which are treatable and usually not life-threatening when caught in their early stages. Those who develop melanoma, however, are not so fortunate — approximately 25 percent of melanoma...

April 08, 2004

Blue Devils alumni undertake new CD recording session

by Jeff DeMello and Chris Nalls

March 14, 2004 — This was not your typical Sunday in Concord, CA. This was to be another one of the magical days in the history of the Blue Devils.

On this day, two different musical ensembles came together to record four legendary and classic Blue Devils tunes: Channel One Suite (1976, 1977, 1986), When a Man Loves a Woman (1992), Dindi (1980, 1981) and Everybody Loves the Blues (1983).

The session had been long in the planning stages. Conceived and co-produced by Jeff DeMello (BD 73-78) and...

April 05, 2004

Success, failure and the drum corps culture

by John Dunne, DCW staff

In my “real” life, I”m a lecturer for a private college in Singapore, teaching various classes in marketing and management.

A few months ago, one of my students, a young man from Indonesia, asked me the following question: “Does success or failure help shape an organization”s culture over time?”

By “organizational culture,” we are talking about the system of shared meaning held by members of that organization that distinguishes one organization from another....

April 05, 2004

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