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Inside the Arc – A little ditty ’bout Chick and Diane

When she was a very young girl, she had a little problem with her wrist and hand, so she…

Apr 7 2018 /

Inside the Arc – Horns, Drums, and Gratitude

It’s just barely visible and you can miss it even after you know it’s there. Still, if you’ve ever…

Nov 9 2017 /

Inside the Arc – Color Pre or Take a Knee

There once was a time in Drum Corps when the color guard was the Gulag to which were sent…

Sep 30 2017 /

Inside the Arc – Who Needs a Hall of Fame?

One could be forgiven for thinking the whole thing is getting out of hand.  There seems to be no…

Jul 6 2017 /

Inside the Arc – We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us

Let’s get it straight right away: It’s not the composers and publishers who are ripping off the drum corps.…

Apr 11 2017 /

Inside the Arc – “Myron and Vincent”

Were it not for a controversial 1980 mid-season programming change, Myron might very well have gone on to become…

Jan 25 2016 /

2018 Pacific Crest Annual Charity Golf Tournament

09:29 pm | The Hiltop Realty/The Mortgage Hub Charity Golf Tournament is on! Help us raise funds for 2019 scholarships. Presented by Sentrex Exterminator, Red Pointe Roofing, and Quiktax Tax Services. Friday, October 5, 2018 Los Serranos Country Club,…

Aug 17 2018 / Read More »

In The News – Allentown Cadets Compete In World Championships

05:07 pm | The Allentown Cadets drum and bugle corps earned some high honors out in Indianapolis. The Cadets competed in the Drum Corps International World Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Cadets drum major, Claire Albrecht, was the…

Aug 16 2018 / Read More »

Bluecoats End Incredible Season With Bronze Medal Finish

08:53 pm | Tens of thousands of fans stood and cheered as the 2018 Bluecoats ended their season at the Drum Corps International World Championships in Indianapolis on Saturday night. The show – Session 44 – was about the…

Aug 14 2018 / Read More »

In The News – Cavaliers’ Beat Goes On: 70 Years, 6th Place In DCI

08:50 pm | Sixth in the world is a record to be proud to have. That’s where the Rosemont Cavaliers ranked Saturday (Aug. 12) in the 2018 Drum Corps International finals, held at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.…

Aug 14 2018 / Read More »

In The News – Drum Corps Wrap Up World Competition

08:48 pm | The Drum Corps International Summer Tour and Competition wraps up Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium More than 5,600 performers have been in town from across the U.S. and 15 other countries. The World Championship finals began…

Aug 14 2018 / Read More »

In The News – Drum Corps World Championship In Indy Brings In $11m

08:41 pm | The world’s best drum and bugle corps are marching through Lucas Oil Stadium for the Drum Corps International World Championships. Twenty-five teams competed Friday in the semifinals for a spot in Saturday’s final round. According to…

Aug 12 2018 / Read More »

The Sacramento Mandarins Made History

08:37 pm | For the first time in its 55-year history, the Mandarins are a Top 12 World Class drum corps. The Mandarins placed 11th out of 40 corps in the 2018 DCI Championship Prelims, advancing to 10th place…

Aug 12 2018 / Read More »

SCV Backstage 2018: A Conversation With Scott Koter

08:26 pm | As the 2018 season comes to a close, we take one more closer look at “Babylon” with Scott Koter, SCV Program Coordinator. Refresh your memory before our DCI Finals performance, as Scott walks us step by…

Aug 10 2018 / Read More »

2018 Gold Awards Banquet

09:32 pm | Each year Gold holds an awards banquet during finals week to celebrate our season and present awards recognizing members for their performance throughout the season. This year’s awards banquet was held on Saturday, August 11, 2018,…

Aug 18 2018 / Read More »

Spartans Getting Ready For 2019

08:29 pm | We are pleased to announce that plans are underway for the winter camp process here at Spartans. To become a member of the corps we ask that you please submit your name and information to us.…

Aug 10 2018 / Read More »

Santa Clara Vanguard From The Field: 2018, Episode 11

08:05 pm | As the season nears its end, the Vanguard Cadets reflect on their journey and prepare for DCI Open Class Championships in Michigan City, IN. Check in with a few members of the corps as they share…

Aug 7 2018 / Read More »

In The News – Drum Corps Duke It Out In Avon Lake

07:56 pm | For the drum and bugle corps that took the field at Avon Lake High School on Saturday, the competition was just another step toward finals in Indianapolis next week. But for some corps members, it was…

Aug 6 2018 / Read More »

In The News – Plymouth High School Hosts Best Of The Best Drum Corps Groups

07:24 pm | Tuesday’s rain didn’t stop drum corps from performing at Plymouth High School’s “Hoosier Heartland Showcase.” Because of the rain, drum corps groups had to perform on the basketball court instead of the football field. Read the…

Aug 5 2018 / Read More »

March On! Will Showcase Top Drum Corps

05:13 pm | Drum and bugle corps from California, Louisiana, Iowa, Minnesota and elsewhere will converge on Tiger Stadium in Farmington for the final competition before heading to the Drum Corps International World Championships in Indianapolis in August. March…

Jul 26 2018 / Read More »

In The News – Golden Empire Drum And Bugle Corps Performs Ahead Of World Championship

07:06 pm | They’re gearing up for an international competition, but first they entertained folks in Bakersfield. The Golden Empire Drum and Bugle Corps at Bakersfield College, performed at Memorial Stadium Friday night. Read the rest of the article…

Jul 24 2018 / Read More »

In The News – Gloversville Readies For Special Drum Corp Competition

03:56 pm | City personnel will be on hand during the Drum Corps International 2018 Cavalcade of Champions exhibition this weekend to ensure that things run smoothly as the event returns to the city after nearly 30 years. The…

Jul 20 2018 / Read More »

Buccaneers And Skyliners Victorious In Peckville

07:19 pm | The Reading Buccaneers continued their undefeated streak tonight at the Parade of Champions, a contest sponsored by the American Legion and Drum Corps Associates. A brief downpour hit the stadium before the start of the show…

Aug 3 2018 / Read More »

In The News – Reading Buccaneers’ Classic Will Feature Seven Drum & Bugle Corps Performances At Hempfield High School

11:48 am | Bill Powers remembers a time when central Pennsylvanians could attend several drum and bugle corps shows a summer. The Lancaster Lions hosted an annual summer show at J.P. McCaskey High School, Powers remembers. There were the…

Jul 7 2018 / Read More »

In The News – Pine Hill Drum And Bugle Corps Marks 90th Anniversary

09:04 pm | The Pine Hill Drum and Bugle Corps is the only – if not – the oldest fireman’s drum and bugle corps in New York State according to Drum Major John Stiegler. The affiliate group of the…

Jun 27 2018 / Read More »

In The News – First Sounds On The Susquehanna Drum, Bugle Corps Competition Draws Big Crowd

08:38 pm | The forecast called for rain, but that didn’t deter more than 1,000 people from filling the stands at the Milton Area High School Alumni Stadium for the first Sounds on the Susquehanna drum and bugle corps…

Jun 25 2018 / Read More »

Columbus Saints Join Class A In 2018

06:54 pm | It is with great pleasure that Drum Corps Associates welcome the Columbus Saints from Columbus, Ohio to the Class ranks in 2018. The Saints passed their evaluation and are preparing for the upcoming DCA competition season.…

Jun 18 2018 / Read More »

Welcome To Highland Regiment

06:29 pm | The Highland Regiment from Somerset County, New Jersey is the newest corps competing in Class A. This corps was the idea of Corps Director, Phillip Martin along with a small group of his drum corps friends.…

Jun 16 2018 / Read More »

2018 Scout House Youth Music Scholarship Winner

05:45 pm | Charlotte Lilley, this year’s Wilf Blum Memorial Youth Music Scholarship award winner is not only a gifted musician but is deeply involved at the provincial and national levels in social justice issues and various projects with…

Jun 14 2018 / Read More »

In The News – Kilties To Take ‘Recess’ In 2018, Including Fourth Fest Parade

09:18 pm | The Kilties Drum & Bugle Corps is taking a break in 2018, according to David Pawlak, president of the Kilties Board of Directors, and that includes from the Fourth Fest parade. The group, which started entertaining…

Jun 12 2018 / Read More »

MBAUK Withdraws From World Record Fanfare Attempt

02:46 pm | It is with due regret that Marching Band Activity United Kingdom has today made the difficult decision to cease to support any such attempt, due to reasons beyond our control. This decision has been made due…

Jul 29 2018 / Read More »

Summer Rhythm: Liberty Host Local Drum Corps Show

02:37 pm | For the past three years, Liberty have hosted Summer Rhythm; a marching arts show in Northamptonshire. This year, over 15 bands turned up to perform at a packed-out stadium at Corby Town Football Club. There were…

Jul 27 2018 / Read More »

German Open 2018 – Advance Sales Begin

03:17 pm | The German Open is getting closer. The Starriders Förderverein is pleased to welcome a large, attractive and high-quality starter field this year! Registered are: Junior Corps Blue Diamonds, Nienhagen Youngstars Spirit of 52, Rastede Marching band…

Jul 16 2018 / Read More »

High Score Debut For Liberty

11:07 am | Liberty had a great start to the 2018 season as they put their 2018 show, “The Day They Came” onto the competition field for the first time at the DCUK show in Woking. With 13 of…

Jul 6 2018 / Read More »

2018 Starriders Prep Season Dates

11:04 am | After the summer break, the prep season starts at Starriders. On four Saturdays eagerly tried, tested and rehearsed. Everyone is welcome. Please contact info [at] starriders [dot] de or on the Starriders Facebook page and register…

Jul 6 2018 / Read More »

Another New Section – Brass Band

07:27 pm | Have a go at the Wölper Löwen! After the season has ended, a lot has happened in the club. A junior corps has been re-launched and for the first time an indoor percussion will be launched.…

Jun 21 2018 / Read More »

Move Liberty A Mile

06:24 pm | This Summer Liberty will be travelling 1228 miles across the UK to competitions, camps & concerts. That’s like Lands End to John O’Gaunt and then halfway back again!!! Every time we travel we need to hire…

Jun 19 2018 / Read More »

Neustädter Schützenfest A Great Success

06:56 pm | The Wölper Löwen have successfully mastered the Neustädter Schützenfest 2018. With an outstanding mood among the members and a concentrated performance over all three days, the most intense weekend of the year was once again flying…

Jun 18 2018 / Read More »

Book Review – “Space Music”

08:18 pm | Jack Meehan is a true drum corps renaissance man. From his initial exposure to the activity while growing up in the Burroughs of New York City to his long time association with the Concord Blue Devils,…

Oct 3 2011 / Read More »

2011 DCW On-Line: Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania

09:56 pm | by Rich Conti, Drum Corps World staff (richburgher [at] yahoo [dot] com) August 4, 2011 – Johnsonburg, PA . . . An absolutely gorgeous evening and a large and ravenous drum corps crowd set the stage…

Aug 22 2011 / Read More »

2011 DCW On-Line: Erie, Pennsylvania – World Class

09:14 pm | by Kevin Gamin, Drum Corps World staff and Drum Corps Planet managing editor August 6, 2011 – Erie, PA . . . It was a weekend of upsets in Erie, PA. On Saturday evening, the Oregon…

Aug 21 2011 / Read More »

2011 DCW On-Line: Allentown, Pennsylvania – Saturday Night

08:56 pm | by William Aldrich-Thorpe, Drum Corps World staff (aldrichthorpe [at] gmail [dot] com) August, 6 2011 — Allentown, PA . . . On this very wet and threatening evening, the Blue Devils barely edged the Cadets by…

Aug 20 2011 / Read More »

2011 DCW On-Line: West Chester, Pennsylvania

09:31 pm | by Bob Fields, Drum Corps World staff (rfields25 [at] aol [dot] com) With just two two days to go before the DCI Eastern Regional in Allentown, PA, this show at West Chester University gave a great…

Aug 19 2011 / Read More »

2011 DCW On-Line: Massillon, Ohio

08:34 pm | by Vic Colaianni, Drum Corps World staff (vjcoly [at] gmail [dot] com) A rain-shortened “Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival” drum corps competition did not dampen the enthusiasm of the over 7,000 in attendance. This year’s…

Aug 18 2011 / Read More »

2011 DCW On-Line: Allentown, Pennsylvania – Friday Night

06:40 pm | by William Aldrich-Thorpe, Drum Corps World staff (aldrichthorpe [at] gmail [dot] com) The Cavaliers easily outdistanced the Phantom Regiment this evening with their powerful and unusual production titled “XtraordinarY.” The Rosemont, IL, corps led across all…

Aug 17 2011 / Read More »

2011 DCW On-Line: Bealeton, Virginia

07:45 pm | by William Aldrich-Thorpe, Drum Corps World staff (aldrichthorpe [at] gmail [dot] com) Crown lit up the sky with phenomenal aerial color guard tricks while filling the night air with their outstanding “Rach Star” production. This night…

Aug 10 2011 / Read More »