In The News: Drum And Bugle Corps Go Techno

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When some of the world’s top drum and bugle corps roll into Stillwater on Saturday, things will be a little different at the city’s annual Drum Beauty competition. Actually, they’ll sound different. As I wrote last summer, the elite marching-and-music units that make up Drum Corps International are being allowed to use electronics in an expanded role for the first time this year. So besides the amplification that has been allowed for several years, corps can now play electronic instruments live and use prerecorded phantom.jpgsound effects and human voice to augment the music-making of their brass and percussion players. It’s a techno-trend that fans of the traditional marching activity jeer and advocates of change applaud.

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Posted by on Wednesday, June 17th, 2009. Filed under DCI World.