DCI: The First Decade, 1972-1981

Learn the story of how and why DCI came about, beginning with detailed information on some of the history during the 1960s that led a group of directors forming the new organization. The text was written by Nicholas Waerzeggers and graphic design by Steve Vickers. Four years of research allowed Waerzeggers to accumulate a massive amount of material, communicating with 250 individuals who "lived the era" as directors, judges, fans, participants, parents, designers, instructors, contest staff, volunteers and administrators.

Editor Steve Vickers chose Waerzeggers because he knew nothing about the topic. As a result, all of the book's content is what was "discovered." Resources included Vickers' collection of drum corps publications, DCI Board of Directors minutes, interviews and e-mail correspondence. The resulting volume is packed with interesting and sometimes surprising facts that show readers what the activity was like during that first 10-year period as the drum and bugle corps activity transitioned from an American Legion- and VFW-administered movement into an independent group that had a desire to "control their own destiny."

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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.

The worldwide staff of writers and photographers provide show reviews during the season and interviews, feature articles, news and human interest stories during the off-season. The photographs that appear in the magazine are provided by 27 staff members who are scattered around the world. The publication covers World and Open Class Drum Corps International corps, Open and Class A Drum Corps Associates corps, alumni, mini-, parade and standstill units, as well as the growing activity in Europe, the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Philippines and South Africa.