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An interview with Brian Hickman

by Steve Vickers, DCW Publisher

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 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...

March 16, 2004

DCI releases Magic of Orlando’s 2004 dates

After months of scrutiny, negotiation and putting the corps under a microscope like no corps has ever gone under before, DCI has released the summer schedule for Magic Drum and Bugle Corps. It is no secret that even as a finalist last year, the corps had serious financial problems and a bleak prospect for the future.

Following the championship, the board of directors of the corps decided to make drastic changes for survival. New leadership and new blood on the board were all very necessary. Just when it appeared likely that the burden of debt...

March 12, 2004

One post-DCI event will be at Rose Bowl

Last fall, Drum Corps International announced a first in their 32-year history. There will be a one-week tour of top corps after the DCI Championships in Denver that will appear in four California locations. It will feature the six active DCI title holders.

Included in the series will be the Concord Blue Devils, Madison Scouts, Phantom Regiment, Santa Clara Vanguard, The Cadets and The Cavaliers. West coast fans have never had the opportunity to witness season-ending quality since the corps from California have always headed east on tour in...

March 12, 2004

To kiss a Bon Bon… or two

by Mario Navetta

I can still see Mrs. B. with her diva-appropriate, summer parasol deftly maneuvered in one hand, while the fingers of the other performed grand vizieress-like gestures of omniscient vigilance and certain eternal condemnation to any ingenuous Bon Bon who errantly ventured so much as a glance in the direction of “those overaged hoodlums from (where else?) Brooklyn.”

And we, the Knights of Our Lady of Loretto, contradictorily and garishly clad in our malevolent Halloween-orange and black satin, could do little...

March 03, 2004

Summer in drum corps and some are not — a true story

by Chuck Eikel

Late afternoon one warm day in May 1958, I returned home to find my parents getting ready for supper. I had just finished my last final exam as a UW freshman and was looking forward to another summer with the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps. By that time I had been a member of the corps for eight years: four in the Junior Scouts and four in the regular corps.

I was full of anticipation. With some of the most talented young musicians in the Madison...

February 25, 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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