Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Trombones in DCI?

Two weeks ago, DCI had it's annual executive meeting to discuss the future of the activity and propose possible implementations or changes to the DCI rule book. One of the more "drastic" changes was one proposed by Madison Scouts Artistic Director, James Mason. 

"The first proposal addresses the instrumentation of a drum corps ensemble, recommending that any brass instrument, even those not of the “bell-front” variety as stipulated in the current DCI rulebook, be allowed in competition. This proposal aims to give corps the ability to utilize a full range of brass instruments not currently allowed by DCI rules such as trombones, French horns and sousaphones."

Now, many drum corps fans, members, and alumni are still busy attempting to comprehend this idea, which passed and will be implemented for the 2014 season. Not all reactions are negative, but it seems that most of them are. My only opinions are:

1 - I'll wait until I see it to make a judgement.
and 2 - It does not state that they are required, so if a corps decides it doesn't warrant the use of these instruments, it won't be an issue.

What do you think about this change to DCI's rules?

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Drum Corps at the Olympics recently posted an article about the 27th Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps performing at the 1980 Winter Olympics. That year, the Olympics were being held in Lake Placid, NY and the corps was playing for the opening ceremonies. This was an extremely large stage for the Lancers and the world of drum corps. The article also makes mention of how the group of brass players were able to overcome the cold weather for a successful performance; including using car antifreeze on their valves. It's a great read and gives us a glimpse into the past of DCI history.

Original Article

27th Lancers at DCI Finals in 1980