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Inside the Arc – A little ditty ’bout Chick and Diane

When she was a very young girl, she had a little problem with her wrist and hand, so she…

Apr 7 2018 /

Inside the Arc – Horns, Drums, and Gratitude

It’s just barely visible and you can miss it even after you know it’s there. Still, if you’ve ever…

Nov 9 2017 /

Inside the Arc – Color Pre or Take a Knee

There once was a time in Drum Corps when the color guard was the Gulag to which were sent…

Sep 30 2017 /

Inside the Arc – Who Needs a Hall of Fame?

One could be forgiven for thinking the whole thing is getting out of hand.  There seems to be no…

Jul 6 2017 /

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 /

Marching Roundtable 818: Kick Start Your Season With DCI

07:23 pm | Fran Kick explains how directors can pair the excitement of DCI with an interactive hands-on experience for your students. Find out more at www.kickitin.com/dci You can listen to us below, or if you want to take…

Jul 21 2019 / Read More »

In The News – Drum Corps International Competition Turns Up Volume in North Texas as Mother Nature Turns Up Heat

07:20 pm | With the sun beating down Thursday afternoon, musicians with the Santa Clara Vanguard kept the beat, preparing for the Drum Corps International performance at the University of North Texas. “Last night we did our full run…

Jul 20 2019 / Read More »

In The News – Practicing Drum Corps Members Take Competition, Texas Heat Seriously

07:16 pm | Drum Corps members practicing for Thursday evening’s Drum Corps International North Texas are taking the competition and the intense heat seriously. At Apogee Stadium at the University of North Texas in Denton, members of the defending…

Jul 20 2019 / Read More »

In The News – Musical Talents From Around The World Collide In East Tennessee

07:04 pm | There’s nothing quite like the sound of a marching band and one organization is on a mission to highlight the sounds of musicians right here in our community. It’s called Drums Across The Smokies. Joe Roach,…

Jul 18 2019 / Read More »

In The News – ‘One Of The Best Kept Secrets Of Sacramento’

07:02 pm | Wake up. Eat. Rehearse. Eat. Rehearse. Eat. Rehearse. Eat. Sleep. Repeat for the summer. Since Memorial Day weekend, the 154 members of the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps have practiced 12 hours a day, every…

Jul 18 2019 / Read More »

John Baumgartner Honored As DCI Volunteer Of The Year

06:59 pm | Drum Corps International has chosen long-time contest coordinator John Baumgartner to be honored as a Volunteer of the Year. DCI will present Baumgartner with a plaque during ceremonies at the Drum Corps International World Championship Semifinals…

Jul 18 2019 / Read More »

Home To The Midwest

06:57 pm | After a remarkable start to the 2019 season on the West Coast, The Cavaliers returned to their Midwestern stomping grounds for their home show in Lisle, Ill. The Cavalcade of Brass performance is always a special…

Jul 18 2019 / Read More »

Spirit Of Atlanta Alumni Social

06:55 pm | You are invited to get together with fellow alumni to celebrate Spirit of Atlanta’s performance at the DCI Southeastern Championships this Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium! Everyone is welcome! (You don’t have to be an alumni to…

Jul 18 2019 / Read More »

In The News – My Drum Corps Memories

07:18 pm | There is something many people don’t know about me and when they find out about it, they are surprised. My early teen years were spent marching in a drum and bugle corps. With the show coming…

Jul 20 2019 / Read More »

2019 Vanguard Cadets Awards

06:53 pm | As the end of the season draws nearer for the 2019 Vanguard Cadets, it’s time we take a moment to celebrate the extremely talented members and staff that have given their all to make this year…

Jul 18 2019 / Read More »

DCI New Hampshire 7/20/19

09:36 pm | We are looking forward to hosting DCI New Hampshire. This will be our last New England performance as we hit the road on our national tour. Read the rest of the article here.…

Jul 8 2019 / Read More »

In The News – Local Students Join The Ranks Of Colt Cadets

07:14 pm | For the first time in a number of years, when the Colt Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps held their drills and practices the past week at Anamosa Middle School, a pair of Anamosa students were participants…

Jun 27 2019 / Read More »

Pioneer News From The Top – June 24th, 2019

05:12 pm | THE PIONEER WHEELS KEEP TURNING SERVING YOUTH AND ADULTS ALIKE OUR PERFORMANCE CORPS under the able direction of Mr. Bobby Bonslater, is doing very well. So far they have marched in The Harvard, IL Milk Days…

Jun 25 2019 / Read More »

In The News – Colt Cadets Drum Corp Makes Their Summer Debut

08:11 pm | The Colts and Colt Cadets will be taking the field to debut their summer competition show. The Colts and Colt Cadets are a drum corps music group. These youth musicians practicing day-in and day-out in the…

Jun 24 2019 / Read More »

Colt Cadets Announce 2019 Program

08:00 pm | Grab your binoculars and look to the skies with the 2019 Colt Cadets! Listen for the iconic “Blackbird” by the Beatles used in different ways throughout their program, and experience a peacock personified by Freddie Mercury…

Jun 12 2019 / Read More »

Marching Roundtable 808: Meet Scholarship Winner Gwenivere Seegers

07:55 pm | Scholarship winner Gwenivere of Legends Drum and Bugle Corps shares advice for marchers of any kind. You can listen to us below, or if you want to take us with you, you can download us from…

Jun 12 2019 / Read More »

Local Scout House Performance Event July 25th

07:14 pm | Performance dates for the Band are few so, plan to attend this upcoming evening performance. Mill Race Park address: 38 Water Street N (Galt) Easy to find – in behind Frank’s Hot Dogs take out on…

Jul 20 2019 / Read More »

Schedule For The Maple City Sound Event In Hornell This Weekend

09:41 pm | Please make plans to join us for our first full performance of “Becoming Bond” this Saturday, July 13th in Hornell, NY. The show schedule is as follows: · 7pm National Anthems USA- Canada Burlington Teen Tour…

Jul 9 2019 / Read More »

55th Annual Drum Corps Grand Prix

09:39 pm | The Hawthorne Caballeros are proud to present the 55th Annual Drum Corps Grand Prix! Join us on Saturday, July 13th to see the best DCA drum corps compete head to head in a showdown like no…

Jul 9 2019 / Read More »

Ma Nature Wins

04:24 pm | Ma Nature wins that one! Unfortunately, the long weekend did not end quite the way we hoped it would, by getting to perform our COMPLETE show for the first time this season, but, it did prove…

Jul 7 2019 / Read More »

Happy 4th Of July

10:09 pm | As a majority of the corps is on the “Tour de’ Maryland” (5 parades around the Baltimore Beltway), and the remainder of the corps, and many of our staff, participate in a parade in upstate New…

Jul 4 2019 / Read More »

In The News – The Buccaneer Classic Drum And Bugle Corps Show Will Return To Landisville This Weekend

10:08 pm | Rick Thomson and Bill Powers weren’t sure what to expect when they brought a drum and bugle corps show to Lancaster County last year. As co-organizers of The Buccaneer Classic, a drum and bugle corps competition…

Jul 4 2019 / Read More »

White Sabers Take Second At The Barnum Festival

06:00 pm | This past weekend we traveled to Bridgeport, CT to compete in the Barnum Festival, our second competition of the young season. After a GREAT day of rehearsal in Seaside Park, we headed off to Bridgeport’s Kennedy…

Jul 1 2019 / Read More »

2019 Wilf Blum Memorial Youth Scholarship Winner

09:11 pm | The 2019 winner of the $800 Wilf Blum Memorial Youth Music Scholarship award Sierra Olsthoorn, who will start her Bachelor in Music degree program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo in September, is already a music…

Jun 27 2019 / Read More »

New 2019 DCE Championships Package Deals, Program Book

09:46 pm | Drum Corps Europe has blocked 165 hotel rooms in Enschede. In order to give fans more choice in booking them, Drum Corps Europe introduces new package deals: hotel room + premium seat single hotel rooms (without…

Jul 9 2019 / Read More »

Showband Rastede July 2019 Sponsor Of The Month

09:10 pm | Our sponsor for the month of July is that Upstalsboom Landhotel Friesland . With our four-star superior hotel, we welcome you to the Lower Saxony coast on the Jade Bay and look forward to making your…

Jul 2 2019 / Read More »

Weekend Camp Helps To Bring More Success For Liberty

05:07 pm | This time of the year is incredibly busy for lots of organisations like Liberty, as Summer rehearsals lead into the outdoor competition season. To prepare the members to perform at the Summer Rhythm competition, Liberty held…

Jun 29 2019 / Read More »

Spirit Of 52 At 2019 DutchMusicGames Zoutelande

05:42 pm | At the weekend we had a great start to the contest season. With a score of as many as 66.20, the DutchMusicGames in Zoutelande took second place. The placements in total: 1st Jubal Drum & Bugle…

Jun 18 2019 / Read More »

South African Field Band Foundation Youth Month Celebrations

06:39 pm | The FBF creates opportunities for the development and self-empowerment of young South Africans through participation in music, dance and active citizenship. As a way of paying homage to the youth of 1976, we will be hosting…

Jun 15 2019 / Read More »

Show and Rasheed Youngstars 2019 German Music Festival Champions

06:02 pm | At least 80 points were needed to bring the title “German Champion” to Rastede. At the end the jury rewarded the appearance of the Youngstars with 83.92 points. The young stars of Showband Rastede have become…

Jun 4 2019 / Read More »

Northampton Borough Council Funds Workshops To Introduce More Young People To Liberty

06:37 pm | We are always really keen at Liberty to make sure that as many young people as possible know all about us. This year, with funding support from Northampton Borough Council, we have been running one-off workshops…

May 25 2019 / Read More »

Liberty Are Youth Champions At WGI UK In Essex

07:19 pm | Liberty travelled to Basildon in Essex to compete in the very first WGI Winds Competition to be held in the UK. The judges had been flown in from America and we hoped they would like our…

May 18 2019 / 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 »