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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...

February 25, 2004

Donations being sought for George Zingali scholarships

Mae Zingali, mother of the late George Zingali who gained fame with the 27th Lancers, Garfield Cadets and Star of Indiana, among others, is re-energizing her efforts this year to jump-start the George Zingali Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The fund is dedicated to the memory of George Zingali, a brilliant designer and innovator of the drum and bugle corps and color guard activities and, more importantly, a great mentor and champion of the young adults who were lucky enough to perform with the organizations George influenced.

She has asked...

February 24, 2004

FAMQ-sponsored show tours province for seven performances

by Daniel Buteau, DCW staff

La Fanfare réinventée, a stage show based on drum corps-type design elements, opened its seven-show Provincial tour on January 30 in Dorion-Vaudreuil. The FAMQ-sponsored group showcased 46 artists, all former drum corps and winter guard members.

A crowd of 250 drum corps fans traveled down memory lane, experienced the hallmark creativity of top Québec drum corps designers, and marveled at the proficiency exuded by adult performers who can only rehearse during the weekend.

FAMQ vice-president...

February 24, 2004

2004 worldwide schedule of drum corps competitions released

Drum Corps World has been able to assemble a nearly complete listing of drum and bugle corps competitions that will be held this summer around the world. The only circuit that is not included at this point is FAMQ in Quebec. Their shows will be added later in the spring.

Please note that this schedule is still tentative. While it is probably 95% complete and accurate, there will still be some minor tweaking of dates and locations. As they come to us, we will make adjustments.

The same schedule was published in the March 2004 edition of...

February 23, 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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