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.
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.
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.
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.
The Crossmen shared photos of their uniforms for this year ahead of their 2015 preview show.
Drum Corps International announced the launch of DCI Live!, a new online streaming platform, for the 2015 season. From DCI.org:
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.
Pacific Crest announced their 2015 show will be called, “The Catalyst.” The show will be developed around Eric Whitacre’s arrangement of “Enjoy the Silence” by Depeche Mode.
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:
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.