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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 /

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 /

Support Pacific Crest In The DCI Giving Challenge

08:35 pm | Pacific Crest is participating in the DCI Giving Challenge. Your support can make a huge difference. Simply sponsor one (or more) miles of tour, and you can help us deliver a World Class experience for our…

Jul 17 2017 / Read More »

Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps Hall Of Fame

08:21 pm | The Blue Knights Alumni Association is proud to announce the commencement of the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps Hall of Fame, with the first class of inductees taking place in 2018. Nominations for the first…

Jul 15 2017 / Read More »

Tour Of Champions DeKalb Ticket & Parking Information

05:29 pm | Seats are still available online for the Tour of Champions taking place 7:00pm Saturday at Huskie Stadium at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Tickets can still be purchased online through 2pm Sunday. All tickets purchased now…

Jul 13 2017 / Read More »

In The News – Tour Of Champions Drum Corps Show To Feature Heavy Hitters

05:28 pm | You can expect audible and visual explosions during the Tour of Champions Drum Corps Show on Saturday at Huskie Stadium. Thrilling, soothing music and razor- sharp choreography are germane to any Drum Corps International event. This…

Jul 13 2017 / Read More »

In The News – Cavies ‘Right In Thick’ Of Drum Corps Season

05:27 pm | About halfway through their touring season, the Rosemont-sponsored Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps is hitting its stride. “It’s been a very productive and successful season thus far,” said Chris Lugo, executive director of the competitive group.…

Jul 13 2017 / Read More »

Raiders Announce 2017 Program

07:12 pm | The Raiders Present Their 2017 Program… “ICONIC” Beginning with Queen and Michael Jackson, and ending with a number by current musical powerhouse Muse, ICONIC presents a journey of rockstars through the ages. As we revive each…

Jul 12 2017 / Read More »

Marching Roundtable 628: The Cadets Hidden Gems

07:11 pm | John, Bill and Izzy return to talk about great Cadets shows that fans might have forgotten. You can listen to us above, or if you want to take us with you, you can download us from…

Jul 12 2017 / Read More »

SCV 50th Anniversary Gala Recap

07:10 pm | The Santa Clara Vanguard 50th Anniversary Gala was held on June 25, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara. Alumni, family, friends and fans from all 50 years of Vanguard history gathered together to celebrate…

Jul 12 2017 / Read More »

Glassmen Alumni Association Makes Donation To Legends

03:18 pm | The Glassmen Alumni Association has made a $2,000. donation in our name to the Legends Drum & Bugle Corps, from Kalamazoo, Michigan to help support their goal to raise $100,000. in 24 hours. The corps director…

Jul 22 2017 / Read More »

In The News – It’s A Hard Corps Life

08:36 pm | Weber State hosted the “Corps Encore” for the eleventh time this July 12. The “Corps Encore” is a performance and competition between eight distinguished Drum and Bugle Corps. This event brought professional marching bands, or “corps,”…

Jul 17 2017 / Read More »

In The News – Drum Corps International Competition Comes To River Region

06:50 pm | Drums Across the River Region is bringing Drum Corps International to the area. Seven drum & bugle corps from the country will be competing at Stanhope-Elmore High School Friday night, a stop on the way to…

Jul 14 2017 / Read More »

In The News – 7th Regiment Family Calls St. Bernard Home

07:11 pm | Ninety-eight young adults are spending their summer sleeping on the floor of the St. Bernard’s gymnasium. They wake up at 7:15 a.m., and it’s lights out at midnight. In between, they exercise and rehearse for a…

Jul 9 2017 / Read More »

2017 Music City Tour Is Off To A Great Start

06:51 pm | Music City’s 2017 summer tour is off to a fantastic start. The corps is receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and judges alike. The corps has also marched in three parades. Check out a video of Music…

Jul 7 2017 / Read More »

In The News – Norwood Students Spending Summer With Spartans Drum And Bugle Corps

05:47 pm | Greyson Griffey of Norwood has been playing music since the fourth grade, so it may surprise one when he says that his time in the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps has been the most intense experience…

Jul 6 2017 / Read More »

In The News – Hall Performing Across 10 States With Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps

05:41 pm | The next several weeks will be filled with fun and excitement for Jonathan Hall as he is performing across 10 states with Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps this summer as part of the Drum Corps International…

Jul 6 2017 / Read More »

In The News – Lafayette Drum And Bugle Corps Goes National

05:38 pm | If you pass by Cajun Field and listen closely, you can hear the Louisiana Stars. The Stars, a Lafayette-based drum and bugle corps, are getting set to go national. The Stars, a Lafayette-based drum and bugle…

Jul 6 2017 / Read More »

Marching Roundtable 629: Empire Statesmen- Our All-Time Favorite Shows

08:31 pm | Allen Buell, Holly Marino, and Bill Sapienza discuss their favorite Statesmen shows. You can listen to us above, or if you want to take us with you, you can download us from iTunes. Read the rest…

Jul 16 2017 / Read More »

In The News – City To Host Colossal 125th Anniversary Parade And Drum Corps Competition

06:47 pm | The hills of Everett will be alive with the sounds of music this coming Saturday, July 22, as scores of drum and bugle corps from all over the East Coast will descend upon the city –…

Jul 14 2017 / Read More »

Showdown In Peckville, PA

06:45 pm | The Drum Corps Associate’s summer tour rolls into Lackawana County, Pennsylvania as eight of DCA’s finest corps will be in competition on Saturday, July 29, 2017. This event has been a long standing one each year…

Jul 14 2017 / Read More »

Trenton Thunder With The Bushwackers

05:21 pm | Join the Bushwackers on August 6 in Trenton, NJ as the Trenton Thunder minor-league baseball team faces the Altoona Curve! The Bushwackers Drum Corps will present a pre-game performance, and the corps will perform God Bless…

Jul 11 2017 / Read More »

Winning Tickets In Scout House Raffle Drawn On Canada Day

06:53 pm | After a major downpour that drenched Canada Day 150 parade participants and spectators, it rained money for three winners in the Preston Scout House Band Inc. raffle. The winning tickets were drawn shortly after a sudden…

Jul 7 2017 / Read More »

Preston Scout House Offering $1,000 Raffle

07:45 pm | Preston Scout House Band Inc. of Cambridge is offering a thousand reasons for people to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary on July 1: a $1,000 top prize and two $500 prizes in the Scout House raffle. Tickets…

Jul 4 2017 / Read More »

Scout House Heritage Band In Preston Canada Day Parade

07:24 pm | The loud cheering and shouts of support for Preston Scout House Band by Canada Day 150 parade spectators were more than a match for a torrential downpour of heavy rain and fierce head winds that swept…

Jul 3 2017 / Read More »

In The News – Long Island Drum And Bugle Corps Sunrisers Shine At Precision & Pageantry Show At Wahconah Park

07:21 pm | On a toasty warm Sunday afternoon, the Long Island Sunrisers set themselves apart from the competition at Precision & Pageantry held at Wahconah Park. The New York -based drum and bugle corps bested The Connecticut Hurricanes,…

Jul 3 2017 / Read More »

Maskandi Fundi Jams With FBF

07:05 pm | Maskandi guitarist Manqobizizwe Ncala shared tips about this SA music type with Field Band Foundation tutors during an FBF leadership workshop on 23 June. Ncala’s passion for the genre led him to begin studying the indigenous…

Jun 30 2017 / Read More »

Thurrock Marching Brass June 2017 Jack Petchey Award Winner

06:53 pm | Thurrock Marching Brass is pleased and proud to confirm Isabella Reynolds as the worthy winner of the June 2017 Jack Petchey Achievement Award. Isabella is an active member of the colourguard, the section that brings the…

Jun 29 2017 / Read More »

Thurrock Academy Returns To WGUK For The 2018 Season

06:32 pm | After a two year absence from the Winterguard United Kingdom circuit Thurrock Marching Brass is delighted to announce that its colourguard, performing under the name of Thurrock Academy, will be returning to the WGUK circuit and…

Jun 28 2017 / Read More »

TRIBUTE: Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer (1967 – 2017)

06:21 pm | Having now had time to reflect on her magnificent contribution to the Field Band Foundation (FBF), I would like to take a moment to mark the untimely death of Jennifer Oppenheimer. Jennifer, who passed away peacefully…

Jun 28 2017 / Read More »

Hat-Trick Of Community Events For Thurrock Marching Brass

06:45 pm | As well as rehearsing for their summer production, Charlie’s Chocolate Factory the youngsters at Thurrock Marching Brass have been extremely busy performing within the community. Something they pride themselves on. First on the little local tour…

Jun 27 2017 / Read More »

South African Field Band Foundation Monday Motivation

08:46 pm | Congratulation to Dennis Tlou, Freddy Mondhlana,Tshepo Siloto and Khayalethu Benela on doing exceptionally well on The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music ABRSM practical exams. These four FBF members took the exams on 23…

Jun 12 2017 / Read More »

Flying The FBF Flag In America

06:16 pm | Two members of the Field Band Foundation (FBF), Gontse Motlhabane from the Investec Alexandra Field Band and Letlhogonolo Modisane from the Setlabotjha Field Band, recently left for the USA to take part in the multi-city tour…

May 23 2017 / Read More »

UK Activity Life Vice President Presented To Alan Thompson

08:32 pm | At the recent British Winter Guard Championships one special award was presented. 10 years ago the activity in the United Kingdom was in a very different position. Drum Corps United Kingdom (DCUK) had been the Charity/Not…

Apr 25 2017 / 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 »