Bill_VA

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About Bill_VA

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    DCW Staff Writer
  • Birthday 10/08/1956

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    70-76, 82-84 NJ Black Watch, 85-89 Sunrisers, 90-92 Blue Devils Booster, 93-Present DCW Staff Writer
  • Your Favorite Corps
    All of them
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    2017 Blue Devils
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season
    The Next One
  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Penn Hills, PA
  • Interests
    Drum Corps - Silly!

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  1. I am working on a DCW article that looks at drum corps either as a positive or negative venue for people who may suffer from depression. I started this article because of the tragedy of the Broken Arrow band student that fell to his death from the top of the stadium. I began to research how the marching arts has or could play a role with people who has/have suffered with diagnosed or undiagnosed depression. So I am reaching out to the community for your help. The main question is this, do you or do you know of anyone that suffered with depression and how did the corps play a role. I am not looking to out anyone, so your comments will be anonymous. I just want to see if my research on this subject meets up to reality. We have all heard the myriad of stories of how dc saved people from taking a different road in life and how it changed them. I am looking for similar stories but with people who were or felt depressed and what dc offed them. I know this is quite a serious subject and I promise that the focus will be handled delicately. To that end, if you want to reach out to me, please email me at aldrichthorpe@gmail.com. Thanks for considering my request.
  2. I am working on a DCW article that looks at drum corps either as a positive or negative venue for people who may suffer from depression. I started this article because of the tragedy of the Broken Arrow band student that fell to his death from the top of the stadium. I began to research how the marching arts has or could play a role with people who has/have suffered with diagnosed or undiagnosed depression. So I am reaching out to the community for your help. The main question is this, do you or do you know of anyone that suffered with depression and how did the corps play a role. I am not looking to out anyone, so your comments will be anonymous. I just want to see if my research on this subject meets up to reality. We have all heard the myriad of stories of how dc saved people from taking a different road in life and how it changed them. I am looking for similar stories but with people who were or felt depressed and what dc offed them. I know this is quite a serious subject and I promise that the focus will be handled delicately. To that end, if you want to reach out to me, please email me at aldrichthorpe@gmail.com. Thanks for considering my request.
  3. I am working on a DCW article that looks at drum corps either as a positive or negative venue for people who may suffer from depression. I started this article because of the tragedy of the Broken Arrow band student that fell to his death from the top of the stadium. I began to research how the marching arts has or could play a role with people who has/have suffered with diagnosed or undiagnosed depression. So I am reaching out to the community for your help. The main question is this, do you or do you know of anyone that suffered with depression and how did the corps play a role. I am not looking to out anyone, so your comments will be anonymous. I just want to see if my research on this subject meets up to reality. We have all heard the myriad of stories of how dc saved people from taking a different road in life and how it changed them. I am looking for similar stories but with people who were or felt depressed and what dc offed them. I know this is quite a serious subject and I promise that the focus will be handled delicately. To that end, if you want to reach out to me, please email me at aldrichthorpe@gmail.com. Thanks for considering my request.
  4. I am working on a DCW article that looks at drum corps either as a positive or negative venue for people who may suffer from depression. I started this article because of the tragedy of the Broken Arrow band student that fell to his death from the top of the stadium. I began to research how the marching arts has or could play a role with people who has/have suffered with diagnosed or undiagnosed depression. So I am reaching out to the community for your help. The main question is this, do you or do you know of anyone that suffered with depression and how did the corps play a role. I am not looking to out anyone, so your comments will be anonymous. I just want to see if my research on this subject meets up to reality. We have all heard the myriad of stories of how dc saved people from taking a different road in life and how it changed them. I am looking for similar stories but with people who were or felt depressed and what dc offed them. I know this is quite a serious subject and I promise that the focus will be handled delicately. To that end, if you want to reach out to me, please email me at aldrichthorpe@gmail.com. Thanks for considering my request.
  5. Now that the DCI Championship is a fine memory, it is now time to consider the DCA Championship in Rochester. I plan to be arriving there from Pittsburgh on Friday morning through Sunday over the Labor Day Weekend. Was wondering if anyone was interested in sharing either transportation and/or housing. Always looking to keep expenses in check. Send me a private message or call me at 412-627-2538
  6. Johnsonburg PA Show

    Impulse was here last year. Crowd loves them.
  7. Johnsonburg PA Show

    A Blast in the Burg 7/29/2017 - Johnsonburg, PA All Age Class 1 Erie Thunderbirds 67.900 2 Cincinnati Tradition 66.900 Open Class 1 Spartans 70.200 2 7th Regiment 67.500 3 Raiders 62.400 4 Impulse 59.900
  8. Johnsonburg PA Show

    I took a bunch (638) pictures at the show. Not sure this will work, but here they are for your review: https://1drv.ms/f/s!At9WguZxGCmjojq8zAu8m72HwlUQ The shots near the end are a little rough because the lights in the stadium are not that bright and I had to keep reducing the ISO to get the camera to work. Enjoy!
  9. Anyone in Pittsburg area looking or planning to go to the Johnsonburg PA DCI Open Class show (Blast in the Burg) this Saturday (July 29th)? I am going and looking to see if anyone would like to ride share to the show. If interested, please message me or send me an e-mail at aldrichthorpe@gmail.com
  10. 2017 DCA Shows

    Sorry, I had no idea you already posted this. I hadn't seen it updated on the main page. Oh well, maybe with two postings the main page will get updated. Good luck this season!
  11. 2017 DCA Shows

    To round out the 2017 shows/repertoires, I found this on the latest edition of DCW (http://drumcorpsworld/publications/2017/dcw-june-2017/) for Cincinnati Traditions: Show Title: "Lift" Music: "Come Sweet Death" by J.S. Bach; "Brothers In Arms" by Junkie XL; "Don't Give Up" by Peter Gabriel; and "Auroa Awakens" by John Mackey
  12. Scores and placement please! Not posted on DCA web site yet! Based on Fran's review, I assume Bucs took first.
  13. ALLIANCE decided this weekend not to field a corps this season. Sad news!
  14. 2017 DCA Shows

    Just received this message: "Unfortunately, ALLIANCE went inactive this weekend and we will not be fielding a corps for 2017." This is sad news indeed. I hope they will be able to make it back for 2018!
  15. 2017 DCA Shows

    Here is one more: Govenaires Announce Show for 2017 Season … Uncharted: A Lost Relic Deep in a hostile forest, near the legendary ruins of a lost city, an expedition finds a mysterious object. Great excitement and wonder comes with discovery of the unexpected relic … until something goes wrong. For the Govenaires’ 90th anniversary, they will jump into uncharted territory, where constant threats lay hidden at every turn. The 2017 production is an adventure that will launch you into a world where its most precious treasures are unearthed at a terrible cost. The show will feature moments of monumental reward and devastating risk. Will the expedition survive the inexplicable dangers from outside and within? Join us this summer as the Govenaires venture into Uncharted: A Lost Relic. “People don’t take trips … trips take people.” – John Steinbeck Musical selections include: “The Hunt for Red October” by Basil Poledouris “Lux Aeterna (from Requiem for a Dream)” by Clint Mansell “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap “Enterprising Young Men” by Michael Giacchino Founded in 1927, the Govenaires are twelve-time Drum Corps Associates (DCA) finalists and four-time DCA Class A champions – winning in 2006, 2009, 2011, and 2015. Besides competitive success, the corps takes pride in providing a valuable performance experience for its members, and entertaining audiences everywhere. In 2016, the Govenaires performed in China as part of the Shanghai Tourism Festival.