“Author Archive”
Stories written by Frank Dorritie
Frank Dorritie is one of the legends of the activity .... a performer, instructor, arranger, adjudicator, and observer over the past 5 decades. Frank has been playing the bugle and trumpet since the 1960s, and has performed with artists like Billy Cobham and Maynard Ferguson. He has instructed and/or arranged for the Blue Devils, Cadets, Santa Clara Vanguard, Cavaliers, Chesterton and Tenri High Schools, the Bushwackers, Bridgemen and a host of others. His audio production honors include 9 Grammy Nominations, 2 Grammy Awards and membership in both the World Drum Corps and Buglers Halls of Fame. He is active internationally as a clinician and adjudicator, holds the DCA Soprano/Trumpet/Tenor Individual titles for 2003, 2005 and 2006. Frank also chairs the Department of Recording Arts at Los Medanos College. His popular brass method book, “Power and Endurance”, is available from Xtremebrass.com. The opinions expressed in this column are strictly those of the author.

Inside the Arc – “The Art of the Gift”

On a beautiful summer day 69 years ago, a young Joe Montanaro took some of his buddies for a short boat cruise. They bobbed in a channel for a time and then headed straight for the opposite shore. When they crested the breakers there was much shouting and anticipation, but this was no ordinary beach […]

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Inside the Arc – “The DAO of SNARENESS”

My friend Curt Moore, drummer with the extraordinary Latin/Jazz group Soul Sauce, was in an earlier life the lead stick in the Santa Clara line of the early’70s and subsequently a top-gun instructor and DCI adjudicator. He has played with Grammy nominees, written books, created videos and conducted clinics and seminars in the US and […]

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Inside the Arc – “Annapolis Time Tripping”

Now that I think about it, the whole episode unfolds like a slick Hollywood script, except it really happened. If you doubt it, just ask the others. They were there, too. It’s the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, that most excellent event that stretches summer by one more glorious day. This time holds special meaning […]

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Off the Record
Fleetwood Reloaded

In this episode of Off the Record, Frank visits with Glenn Kubacki of Fleetwood Sounds and explores a number of great recordings from the Fleetwood collection, including: 49th Parallel – Scout House 66 World Open – Troopers 66 Dream – Royal Airs 67 American Legion Nationals – Boston 1971 World Open – Anaheim Kingsmen Enjoy! […]

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Off the Record
Jack Meehan Interview Part 2

Frank continues his conversation with old friend and drum corps legend Jack Meehan.   The episode is perfect for Championships Week of Drum Corps International’s 40th year. Enjoy! Click on the player below to listen

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Inside the Arc – “It’s Just Not Drum Corps Anymore”

Napoleon is probably most responsible for the popularity of combining music and marching in modern times. While he was out conquering the world, he stumbled upon a Turkish “Janissary” band with cornettos, shawms, cymbals, and a thing called a “Jingling Johnny” that resembled a hi hat on a broom stick. He proceeded to buy one, […]

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Inside the Arc – “Don’t Know Much About His-to-ry”

A very wise friend of mine named Jim Elvord once stood up at a corps staff meeting of a top national contender and asked the following: Who are we? Where are we? Where do we want to go? How are we going to get there? Everybody wanted to skip right to number 4. That would […]

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Off the Record
Jack Meehan Interview

This edition of Off the Record features Frank sitting down for a chat with old friend and drum corps legend Jack Meehan.  What a great way to start off the New Year! Enjoy! Click on the player below to listen

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Inside the Arc – “The Pit That Ate Drum Corps”

One popular scientific theory holds that the universe continues expanding, a result of the incredible force generated by the Big Bang. There seems to be a good deal of evidence for this view. Whether this will go on forever is debatable, and even Einstein struggled with this problem. After all, why wouldn’t the collective mass […]

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Off the Record
Tribute to the CYO Nationals

In this special edition of Off the Record, Frank Dorritie pays tribute to “the jewel in the crown of all national titles” – the CYO Championships – with recordings between 1964 and 1984. Enjoy! Includes selections from this Fleetwood album:   Click on the player below to listen

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