Commentary

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 /

Inside the Arc – The Veterans’ Bequest

One day in the fall of 1960, an older gentleman handed a shiny chrome bugle to a 13 year…

Oct 26 2015 /

Inside the Arc – “Flags of our Fathers”

Somewhere among my mother’s long-ago stored effects there is a photograph of a 3 year old boy, standing on…

Jul 10 2015 /

Inside the Arc – “The Gods Must Be Crazy”

Big G: “Behold, you are all my peeps. Now go forth and get along with each other.” Crazy G…

Mar 29 2015 /

Inside the Arc – His Name was Clark

His name was Clark, and he wanted more than anything else to play a horn and make sounds like…

Mar 11 2015 /

Meet The Cadets New Chef, Chris Noble

06:25 pm | The Cadets are excited to welcome our new chef, Cadets alumni Chris Noble. Chris played the baritone in the corps in 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1987 and he is excited to return to The Cadets and…

May 24 2017 / Read More »

2017 Academy Memorial Day Picnic And Season Preview

06:22 pm | The Memorial Day Picnic is a chance for the entire Academy family to celebrate the kick-off of the summer season! Parents, alumni, volunteers, friends and fans will enjoy a picnic lunch (served outside under the canopy)…

May 24 2017 / Read More »

2017 Pioneer News From The Top – May 22nd

06:13 pm | GOOSE BUMPS! It gives me goose bumps that in about 4 days, talented and extraordinary human beings will be coming to Milwaukee for our last rehearsal, Camp 5, and from there comes Spring Training! Be prepared,…

May 23 2017 / Read More »

Phantom Regiment 2017…

07:41 pm | …will be announced on June 1st to the general public. But, our booster club members (as well as PRAA members) will hear and see it first. You still have time to join at regiment.org/boosterclub (and/or alumni.regiment.org/join).…

May 21 2017 / Read More »

Boston Crusaders Announce 2017 Program

06:47 pm | Musical Selections Include: Full Moon Forest and Rising of the Sun – Moonlight Sonata – Beethoven and The Adoration of Veles and Ala (From Scythian Suite) – Sergei Prokofiev Whispers and Accusations – Whispers – Colin…

May 20 2017 / Read More »

Pacific Crest Announces 2017 Program

06:38 pm | Pacific Crest is proud to announce our 2017 program, Golden State of Mind. Your time is now. Your place is out there, beyond the known or expected. Find your voice. Stop waiting for what’s next. Keep…

May 19 2017 / Read More »

Why I Volunteer: Sal Nicrone

08:21 pm | Sal Nicrone marched Drum Corps in the early 1970’s with The Chessmen in Easton, PA, and then with the Hawthorne Muchachos in New Jersey. They were fun years and he made friendships that he still has…

May 18 2017 / Read More »

Still Time To Sign Up For Phantom Regiment Educational Camps This Summer

08:17 pm | Each year, the Phantom Regiment has educational camps in Rockford and at different universities across the country. This year, camps will be held on the campuses of Rockford University; University of Akron; University of Central Arkansas…

May 18 2017 / Read More »

2017 Columbians Memorial Weekend Camp And Parent Meeting

05:25 pm | The Columbians Drum Corps will have its May camp from May 26-29 at Highland Park in Pasco. Camp runs Friday, 6-9, Saturday and Sunday from 9-9, and Monday from 9-12. We’ll have a final run at…

May 25 2017 / Read More »

Colt Cadets Announce 2017 Program

06:20 pm | Inspired by life high above the Mississippi River, and marking their 50th anniversary, the Colt Cadets are proud to present their 2017 production, “The River’s Edge.” This season, the Colt Cadets will bring audiences through various…

May 24 2017 / Read More »

2017 Spartans June Parades And Performances

06:14 pm | The month of June is a very busy month for the corps. Here is a list of places we will be performing: June 3 Greeley Park, Nashua NH Summer Fest Concert 10AM June 4 Dorchester Day…

May 22 2017 / Read More »

Southwind Introduces New Logo And Brand Identity

06:57 pm | Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps has created a powerful new brand to reflect its resurgence in the activity. “Southwind has a long history,” offers Lawrence LeClaire, Corps Director. “But we want to look to a future…

May 20 2017 / Read More »

Help Music City Become World Class

08:15 pm | Attention drum corps fans! Music City Drum Corps is excited to let you know that the corps is being evaluated by Drum Corps International for possible inclusion in DCI’s world class for the 2018 season. Surprise!…

May 18 2017 / Read More »

2017 Heat Wave March-A-Thon Fundraiser

07:46 pm | Members will be raising money through the Heat Wave March-a-thon to support our organization’s expenses and member’s tuition. These expenses include our newly purchased instruments, housing, food and our summer competition tour thru out Florida, Alabama,…

May 17 2017 / Read More »

2017 Guardians Open Positions

07:43 pm | These positions are currently open for new auditionees and callback auditionees. To audition for one of these positions, you will need to register for and attend our May camp. We anticipate these positions being filled at…

May 17 2017 / Read More »

We Need You To Power The 7R Pit

07:25 pm | 7th Regiment is growing! This season we plan to march our biggest front ensemble ever and we need your help to make sure our amazing performers have the best summer possible Our corps sound equipment is…

May 17 2017 / Read More »

2017 Distinguished Professional Achievement Inductee

06:24 pm | Billy Cobham is the 2017 World Drum Corps Hall of Fame Distinguished Professional Achievement inductee, a pioneer in jazz fusion music blending elements of jazz, rock and funk. His early drumming days included marching with St.…

May 23 2017 / Read More »

In The News – Drum Corps Grew In The 1940s

06:41 pm | After World War I, Amsterdam veterans organizations formed drum and bugle corps. John Donlon, a 1945 local high school graduate, recalled the premier groups between the world wars in his native city were those of the…

May 19 2017 / Read More »

Kilties Start The Summer Schedule May 20-21

08:19 pm | The Kilties are preparing for the summer schedule of parades and Mini-Corps presentation at Gilmore Middle School in Racine, Wisconsin. Potential members are invited to attend along with veterans and alumni. Membership is open to those…

May 18 2017 / Read More »

2017 World Drum Corps Hall Of Fame Inductees

08:04 pm | Three of the six individuals chosen for 2017 induction into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame have made outstanding contributions in the percussion field in North America and overseas, beginning more than 40 years ago…

May 17 2017 / Read More »

Buccaneers Announce Creation Of Navigator Award

07:57 pm | The Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps today announced that it has established the Navigator Award, and also announced Twin Valley High School music educator Daniel M. Long as its initial recipient. Mr. Long was presented…

May 17 2017 / Read More »

In The News – EHS Music Educator Charles Poole Inducted Into The World Drum Corps Hall Of Fame

06:08 pm | Everett Public Schools music educator Charles A Poole Jr., who leads the Everett High School Marching Band and its award-winning Percussion Ensemble, has been elected to the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. The induction ceremonies…

May 12 2017 / Read More »

Hawthorne Caballeros Announce 2017 Production

09:10 pm | The Caballeros have often been on the forefront of innovative and modern show designs while maintaining their signature Latin identity. This year’s show will be memorable and exciting as the program opens with H. Owen Reed’s…

May 10 2017 / Read More »

Preston Scout House Offering $1,000 Raffle Prize

09:13 pm | Preston Scout House Band Inc. of Cambridge is offering a thousand reasons for people to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary on July 1: a $1,000 top prize and two $500 prizes in the Scout House raffle. Tickets…

May 8 2017 / Read More »

Flying The FBF Flag In America

06:16 pm | Two members of the Field Band Foundation (FBF), Gontse Motlhabane from the Investec Alexandra Field Band and Letlhogonolo Modisane from the Setlabotjha Field Band, recently left for the USA to take part in the multi-city tour…

May 23 2017 / Read More »

UK Activity Life Vice President Presented To Alan Thompson

08:32 pm | At the recent British Winter Guard Championships one special award was presented. 10 years ago the activity in the United Kingdom was in a very different position. Drum Corps United Kingdom (DCUK) had been the Charity/Not…

Apr 25 2017 / Read More »

New Unit Started In UK – Inspired By Soundsport

07:47 pm | It is with great pleasure that we can announce that, under the banner of the Southern Knights Performing Arts organisation, a new musical ensemble has been setup in Brighton & Hove, United Kingdom. Under the direction…

Apr 17 2017 / Read More »

DCUK 2017 Contest Entry Details

07:38 pm | Drum Corps United Kingdom are pleased to give details of the initial show entries for each of their 2017 events: Sunday 18th June. Venue – Barnsley FC Academy, Barnsley South Yorkshire JUNIOR CLASS Concord AllStars OPEN…

Apr 12 2017 / Read More »

South African Field Band Foundation Salutes Bongani Goliath

08:43 pm | My first involvement in the programme started when I was only 11 years old. At the time I was just a young school boy from the township, highly passionate about bands and drum majorettes but only…

Apr 7 2017 / Read More »

Liberty Announces 2017 Production

08:45 pm | Liberty are pleased to announce their 2017 Summer Production, ‘The Bench’. Throughout the day a range of people use the bench as a place to rest, a place to eat, or a place to meet. However…

Mar 20 2017 / Read More »

FBF Stars Capped At NW University

10:02 pm | On Wednesday 1 March 2017, five Field Band Foundation stars graduated with Diplomas in Music from the University of North West, Potchefstroom. In 2014 Field Band Foundation members Manqoba Mabena, Mashadi Mokoena, Phelelani Mthatyane, Tshiamo Oor…

Mar 17 2017 / Read More »

FBF Woman Crush Wednesday Mashadi Precious Mokoena

07:15 pm | Our Woman crush Wednesday #WCW goes to Mashadi Precious Mokoena – Graduated at the University of North West this year. She obtained a Diploma with distinctions in Music. Mashadi was only 12 years when she joined…

Mar 15 2017 / 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 »