Another Amazing Year at DCI

Just got home from another amazing year at the DCI World Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.  I’m blown away every year by the level of marching skill and musicianship these kids show.  They give up their summer to travel the country performing in the sweltering heat at a level of professional athletes.  If you’re looking to support youth in music, check out Drum Corps International (DCI); we joined the Friends of DCI this year and plan to continue our support next year.  Though I support all the corps, I tip my hat to Carolina Crown (below) who had a performer injured during the show.  He broke his leg near the end of the show, which was heartbreaking to see.  But they finished their show, “A Second Chance”, and placed 4th with a score of 95.95.  Check out the entire set here.
DCI World Championships 2010

ATU Marching Blast From the Past

I’ve recently been doing a little cleaning up of boxes from my college years at Arkansas Tech University and ran across some marching layout/designs from 1991-1992.  For all you band geeks out there, this may be a little bit of cool.

Unknown Show, 1991-1992

Here’s a show from before our director made the switch to computer-based show design.

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“Ouachita” Show, 1992

If I remember correctly, this was the first show that Mr. Cooper designed using the computer, and I think it was the first show of our season.  I believe the design (not to mention the readability) was greatly improved by computer-based design.

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“Gavorkna” Show, 1992

This was our main show of the season, and was a bit more difficult.  For one thing, it began with entire band expanding from between the 40 yard lines to the 10 yard lines in about 16 counts.  I remember practically leaping backwards carrying my tonal bass and, oh yah, playing Gavorkna Fanfare.  If you haven’t heard it, see the video below (and note that the guys in the video are stationary).

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Blue Devils take 2009 DCI Championship

Well, we made it back from Indianapolis, and had a great time.  While the Blue Devils have never been my favorite corps, I was impressed with their show this year titled “1930”.  They performed an encore after the event and we came down to get a closer view (pictured).

Check out the entire series.

Blue Devils encore performance at DCI 2009

Blue Devils encore performance at DCI 2009

Off to Indianapolis

Phantom Regiment at DCI World Championships 2008 We’re off to Indianapolis for the Drum Corps Internationl World Championships tomorrow.  It’s are annual “thang”, and I’ll get to try out my new camera this year.  Out of the 12 corps that perform, I usually take 200 or so pics that I’ll share here and on flickr.

This will be our 7th year, and I’m like a kid at Christmas… don’t know if I’ll be able to sleep tonight.  Marching band has always been a love of mine, and these guys are the best of the best.

I’m ready for the goosebumps…