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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 /

Inside the Arc – “To Key, or Not To Key”

-being a short anthropology of the bugle, more or less- The following is a Fractured Fairy Tale, though many…

May 8 2014 /

Blue Stars Thanks 2016 Drum Corps Challenge Donors

06:10 pm | A heartfelt Thank You to all of the generous people who donated in support of the Blue Stars during The Drum Corps Challenge. The friendly competition between drum corps is a lot of fun, but at…

Jul 22 2016 / Read More »

2016 Drum Corps Challenge Fundraising Race

Drum_Corps_Challenge_100x100 05:25 pm | Fans around the world will once again have a chance to “get in the game,” by supporting their favorite groups on the road to the DCI World Championships through the wildly popular Drum Corps Challenge fundraising…

Jul 21 2016 / Read More »

In The News – Welcome Matt: Drum Corps Bringing The Boom To WNY

05:19 pm | Can you hear the thunder of drums approaching? It marches in fluid, criss-crossing lines accompanied by colorful banners streaking the sky and blasting horns. It’s a storm of music that will hit Western New York later…

Jul 21 2016 / Read More »

Blue Knights To Appear At Texas Bandmasters Association Convention

05:48 pm | The Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps will hold a BKXperience-Perform! clinic at the Texas Bandmasters Association 69th Annual Convention on Friday, July 22, 2016 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in downtown San Antonio,…

Jul 20 2016 / Read More »

Blue Devils Drumline Use MAY Carriers

05:46 pm | BDPA programs will now use MAY Carriers. The carrieres, the Blue Devils Drumline, as well as all of the BDPA programs are a great fit with the new System Blue Natal drums that the Blue Devils…

Jul 20 2016 / Read More »

In The News – Winning Wausau Drum Corps Reunites

05:44 pm | The Wausau Story and Pages Drum Corps reconvened for the first time since the 1980’s last Thursday. The drum corps, which was founded in 1971, was a collection of students ages 14 to 21 in the…

Jul 20 2016 / Read More »

In The News – Drum Corps Major Leagues Wow NWA Crowds

05:42 pm | Drum Corps International’s Music on the Move show stopped in Bentonville Tuesday night. DCI is marching music’s major leagues. These groups travel the country all summer long, and this is the fifth year Bentonville High School…

Jul 20 2016 / Read More »

In The News – Why Kewanee Is A ‘Drum Corps Town’

05:12 pm | Last week Wethersfield High School provided facilities for the fifth year for a layover by a touring drum and bugle corps. Each year the corps members and staff are surprised to see a crowd in the…

Jul 20 2016 / Read More »

In The News – UL-Lafayette Hosts Drum Corps Competition

06:19 pm | A drum and bugle corps competition that’s drawing teams from around the country is about to rattle and pound its way across athletic fields at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. For those unfamiliar with drum…

Jul 23 2016 / Read More »

Two Ways You Can Support Music City

06:14 pm | Most of you already know that drum corps members nationwide pay membership fees that cover most of a drum corps’ expenses. All corps however must raise additional monies to make up the difference not covered by…

Jul 22 2016 / Read More »

In The News – Tournament Of Drums Groups March To A Different Beat

05:28 pm | Chris Magonigal describes a drum and bugle corps as a “marching band on steroids.” As founder and director of the roughly 150-member Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps of Austin, Texas, Magonigal says his musicians often practice…

Jul 21 2016 / Read More »

In The News – Louisiana Stars Drum And Bugle Corps Perform At ULM

05:21 pm | The University of Louisiana Monroe is hosting the the Louisiana Stars and Bugle Corps at the university from July 17-22. The Louisiana Stars are in their third year of existence and include local band director Robbie…

Jul 21 2016 / Read More »

2016 Battalion Tour Recap – A New Beginning

08:30 pm | Dear friends, The Battalion’s first competitive season was an absolute success, thanks to the selfless contributions and tireless work of so many. In 2014, this corps was born on a few pieces of paper. A copy…

Jul 19 2016 / Read More »

Music City Is Crowd Fave On 2016 Tour

07:58 pm | Music City’s 2016 production “Coronation” is proving to be a crowd favorite this summer. The corps has received rousing ovations at all of its early tour performances. You can check out numerous photos on the corps’…

Jul 17 2016 / Read More »

Columbians 2016 Season Wrap-Up

09:47 pm | The Columbians Drum and Bugle Corps finished their 2016 season with a fantastic showing in Devner, CO. The Columbians scored a 57.1, good enough for 3rd place (at their season’s conclusion) in DCI’s Open Class division.…

Jul 14 2016 / Read More »

In The News – Utah’s Own Drum Corps Working Hard For Competition

05:53 pm | For the first time since Drum Corps International was founded in 1972, Utah has its own competitive team. “The Battalion” has been training hard, preparing to tour and compete across the country this summer. KSL photojournalist…

Jul 13 2016 / Read More »

2016 Caballeros Grand Prix And Nazareth, PA Weekend Recaps

06:12 pm | It sure has been a couple hectic weeks here at in Caballero-land (in a good way, of course!). 52nd Annual Drum Corps Grand Prix, Clifton, NJ (7/9/16) For the Grand Prix, all participating drum corps at…

Jul 22 2016 / Read More »

The Kiltie Klassic Invitational—A Celebration Of Community And Clan

08:34 pm | The Kilties will host their annual Kiltie Klassic Invitational the evening of Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the iconic Historic Horlick Field in Racine, Wisconsin. Historic Horlick Field has been the site of hundreds of outstanding…

Jul 19 2016 / Read More »

Feed The Bushwackers

05:59 pm | A well oiled machine needs fuel to operate at a high level, and so does a drum corps like the Bushwackers. For the past several years the corps has provided the members meal service as part…

Jul 8 2016 / Read More »

In The News – Fusion Core Bests All Competitors In Drum Corps In Pa., Travels To Md.

05:55 pm | Hometown Fusion Core bested all competitors and swept all caption awards in the season-opening drum corps contest held at Dallas, Pa. recently. “We’re thrilled with the win against some tough competition and especially the spread in…

Jul 8 2016 / Read More »

Funeral Service For Hall Of Fame Member Bob Zazzara

WhiteSabres 04:43 pm | Mass of Christian Burial service was held Saturday, July 2 for World Drum Corps Hall of Fame member Bob Zazzara, 79, of Elmira Heights, New York. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday,…

Jul 6 2016 / Read More »

2016 Scout House Invitational Tattoo Tickets Now Available

Scout House Cadets ready for Christmas 05:12 pm | snapd Kitchener/Waterloo, a free monthly print publication and website specializing in photo views of life in the community, will be donating web ads and Facebook posts through their sites to help promote the 7th Annual Scout…

Jul 4 2016 / Read More »

In The News – Drum And Bugle Corps Returns To Wahconah Park

05:07 pm | The Precision and Pageantry Drum & Bugle Corps competition didn’t miss a beat with the 1,400 cheering fans at Wahconah Park Sunday evening. Four regional marching bands filled the old ball yard with color and sound…

Jul 4 2016 / Read More »

Bridgemen Alumni Corps To Say Farewell To Bayonne

Bridgemen1 04:37 pm | The final Tounament of Stars is Scheduled for Saturday, July 23rd at 6:00 PM. As always, the event is brought to you by The Bridgemen and will be held at the Don Ahern, Veterans Memorial Stadium,…

Jul 1 2016 / Read More »

2015-2016 Field Band Foundation Report To Society Highlights

06:00 pm | Highlights of the 2015-2016 Report to Society include: We operated 48 bands in 24 localities and, through an active recruitment campaign, increased average band membership to 140 members each (2014: 137). This year sees active membership…

Jul 15 2016 / Read More »

Thurrock Marching Brass Take Gold At Daventry

20160710_160507 07:16 pm | Thurrock Marching Brass travelled to Daventry in Northamptonshire on Sunday 10 July 2016 for their first summer competition on the British Youth Band Association (BYBA) circuit. This was the very first time that the show, entitled…

Jul 12 2016 / Read More »

June 2016 Jack Petchey Leader Award Stephanie Friend

TMB Lions - DCE Championships 06:18 pm | Thurrock Marching Brass is pleased to confirm approval of their 2016 Jack Petchey Leader Award, which was nominated in June 2016. The recipient of this award has worked tirelessly over the past several years to pull…

Jul 9 2016 / Read More »

Thurrock Marching Brass Supports Mencap Society

Thurrock_Mencap_1 06:02 pm | Thurrock Marching Brass marched and performed a static show at the sports field at Blackshots, Grays, Essex on Sunday 26 June 2016. This set the scene for a full day of fun and sports for youngsters…

Jul 8 2016 / Read More »

60 Years History Of Junior Drum Corps Jong Beatrix

Jong Beatrix 04:28 pm | Ahead of the official celebration of  Jong Beatrix junior drum corps’ 60th anniversary, the corps placed a three minute movie online, describing the 60 year history of this young sister of Beatrix ‘Drum & Bugle Corps. “From Drum…

Jul 1 2016 / Read More »

Thurrock Marching Brass June 2016 Jack Petchey Award Winner

TMB Lions - DCE Championships 09:06 pm | Thurrock Marching Brass is delighted to confirm that the June 2016 winner for the Jack Petchey Achievement Award goes to Demi Kiddell. Demi has been a long standing member and has excelled in all areas that…

Jun 17 2016 / Read More »

Thurrock Marching Brass Opens Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations

TMB Lions - DCE Championships 08:49 pm | Thurrock Marching Brass marched their way to the front of the Ockendon Centre to join local residents and the nation in celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s official 90th birthday on Sunday 12 June 2016. With the…

Jun 14 2016 / Read More »

Success For Liberty Drum Corps At Northampton Festival

07:54 pm | This week at Liberty it was all about the music as the corps had entered the Northampton Festival of Performing Arts for the very first time. Thursday’s rehearsal was sponsored by Danish company, Logstor, who work…

Jun 4 2016 / 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

DCW_Les Stentors 11_RQuinn 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

DCW_Glassmen 11_JHiott 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

The Cadets, Allentown, PA, Drum Corps World photo by Brett Owens 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

Blue Devils, Concord, CA, Drum Corps World photo by Ron Walloch 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

Crossmen, San Antonio, TX, Drum Corps World photo by Patrick O'Toole 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

Jubal, Dordrecht, Holland, Drum Corps World photo by Hans Kloppert 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

DCWOnLineImage2 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 »