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.

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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.

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ON TOUR: SCV – California Tour

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This post originally appeared on the Santa Clara Vanguard blog and has been re-posted as part of Marchingbuzz’s “ON TOUR” series.

The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of travel and excitement for SCV as we proudly debuted our 2015 program, “The Spark of Invention,” to eager audiences across our home state of California.

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ON TOUR: SCV 2015 – Week 4

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Our fourth week of spring training came with a nice change in scenery as we left the mountains of Northern California behind and transitioned to Angels Camp, CA, nestled peacefully in the Sierra Foothills between Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. We set up camp at Bret Harte High School and got straight down to business, continuing our work on “The Spark of Invention.”

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ON TOUR: SCV – Week Three

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Where has the time gone? We are three weeks into spring training and the Corps is pushing harder than ever to tackle challenging new drill and meticulously detail each musical phrase of the show. Thanks to everyone’s dedication and hard work, our 2015 program, “The Spark of Invention” is taking shape quite nicely.

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ON TOUR: SCV – Week Two

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This post originally appeared on the Santa Clara Vanguard blog and has been re-posted as part of Marchingbuzz’s “ON TOUR” series.

We’ve made it through two bright and sunny action-packed weeks of rehearsal here at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, CA and the Corps continues to make progress on the 2015 program, “The Spark of Invention.”

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ON TOUR: SCV – Welcome to Weed

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This post originally appeared on the Santa Clara Vanguard blog and has been re-posted as part of Marchingbuzz’s “ON TOUR” series.

It’s that time of year again! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the pollen is blowing, and the Santa Clara Vanguard has settled in at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, CA to kick off spring training, 2015.

After getting its start as a lumber milling town back in the 1900s, today Weed has grown to serve as home to just under 3,000 people. It is also home to the College of the Siskiyous, our housing site for the first leg of pre-tour. The rehearsal facilities here are wonderful and include two well-kept fields, one large gymnasium, and a beautiful sprawling campus. We are grateful for all this space as it allows each section of the corps to work on their priorities separately before coming together as a full group in the evening.

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I’m Michael Gaines, and this is how I roll

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Michael Gaines is one of the marching world’s most celebrated visual designers. A member of the DCI Hall of Fame, and a true magician with Pyware, Gaines has worked with some of the top marching groups in the world. His designs helped solidify mindshare for The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps as “The Green Machine”, and he has played an integral role in elevating the work of numerous other award-winning ensembles, like Pride of Cincinnati, Aimachi, and Carmel High School.

How does he do it all? We caught up with Michael to learn a little about how he rolls.

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I’m Mike McIntosh – Arranger, Composer, and Percussion Caption Supervisor for The Cavaliers – and This is How I Roll

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Mike McIntosh is an arranger, composer, digital sound designer, and instructor. You may know him best from his work on the creative and design teams for a number of prestigious performing groups, including The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, Palmetto Percussion, Carmel High School, Gateway Indoor Percussion, and George Mason Independent Open Ensemble.

How does he do it all? We caught up with Mike to learn a little about how he rolls.

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I’m George Hopkins, Director of The Cadets, and This Is How I Roll

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For years George Hopkins has been a familiar figure to drum corps fans everywhere. You may know him best from his time at the helm of two powerhouse organizations: YEA! and The Cadets.

How does he do it all? We caught up with George to learn a little about how he rolls.

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