DCI 2015: Drums Along the Rockies

Bluecoats drum major Willie Veenstra prepares to start the show at Drums Along the Rockies in Denver, CO on July 11, 2015. Photo Credit: Bluecoats

Ten of the world’s best drum & bugle corps descended on Sports Authority Field in Denver on Saturday for the 51st edition of Drums Along the Rockies. The show is run by Ascend Performing Arts, the parent organization of the Blue Knights, and has become a staple of the Drum Corps International summer tour.


DCI 2015: Corps Encore Review

The Blue Knights perform for the Corps Encore crowd at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, on July 8, 2015. Photo Credit: Blue Knights

On Wednesday evening, seven drum & bugle corps went head-to-head in Ogden, Utah, for the 2015 edition of Corps Encore. The show is run by Ascend Performing Arts, the parent organization of the Blue Knights, and was held at Stewart Stadium on the campus of Weber State University.

This is my review of the evening, and is simply that – my opinion. You may agree with what I say. You may not. Regardless, know that I hold all of the performers, instructors, and designers in the highest regard. This activity wouldn’t exist without them.


DCI 2015: Welcome to July

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There’s a saying in the drum corps world: “Welcome to July. What was acceptable in June is longer acceptable.” The idea behind the saying is that performers should always be progressing, holding themselves to higher standards. A drum corps that isn’t getting better is not reaching its full potential. So, welcome to July.


Remembering James Horner

Film score composer James Horner. Photo Credit: nerdreactor.com

Earlier this week, award-winning composer James Horner passed away in a tragic plane crash. Today we pay tribute to the man, his music, and the legacy he leaves behind.


City Sound goes inactive for 2015

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City Sound Drum & Bugle Corps will not field a corps this summer, according to an announcement from director Nathaniel Lewis. The news comes just weeks before the start of the 2015 competitive season.


Bluecoats will make “Kinetic Noise” in 2015


The Bluecoats will make “Kinetic Noise” in 2015. Hot on the heels of 2014’s crowd-favorite “Tilt,” the Bluecoats will continue to perform lesser-known repertoire from a wide variety of composers and genres.

From the show announcement:


Corps members move in, gear up for season

Move-Ins. All Days. Spring Training. Whatever the specific name each corps has for it, its that time of year when a corps comes together to rehearse and prepare for the season. With the first DCI show just one month away, corps around the country are getting started on the complicated process of putting it all together.