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DCI 2011 Tour Begins in 30 Days

In exactly one month from tonight, we will see the beginning of the 2011 Drum Corps International Tour in a new and exciting way. The top 8 drum corps from last year will converge on Fort Worth Texas for the kickoff the 2011 season. That means the performing corps at the DCI Ft. Worth show will be the Blue Devils, The Cavaliers, Bluecoats, Carolina Crown, The Cadets, Phantom Regiment, Santa Clara Vanguard, and the Blue Stars. This looks to be quite the start to the 2011 DCI Tour. For more information about this show and others that might be close to you, check out the DCI schedule:

Chase Community Giving – VOTE NOW

Chase Giving Four Drum Corps need your help – The Cavaliers, Colts (aka Legion Aires), Carolina Crown, and Phantom Regiment.

The corps are involved in the Chase Community Giving Program where they award 100 charities with $25,000 each in the first round. The second round has the non-profit with the most votes receiving $1,000,000 and the next five getting $100,000 each. All four corps made the Top 100 and are now in the 2nd Round.

As part of the musical community, these corps deserve our support and you get five votes per Facebook user so you can vote for all four corps and still have an extra vote for whatever you want. The voting ends January 22nd so hurry and place your votes for the drum corps.

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BOA Grand Nationals Trip


Well, the last rehearsal is done and the drums are all packed and ready for Indy. It has been a long season, but the great weather since Halloween has given us a lot of time to clean. I think this has honestly been the nicest November on record for us: 60s and 70s every day with no rain or other nasty weather conditions.

Tomorrow is the travel day as it takes us 10+ hours to get into Indy, then a practice block at Carmel HS once we get there. Those are always nice to get everyone on the same page and set the tone for the rest of the weekend – here’s hoping for a good rehearsal.

I plan to post as much as I can while on the trip to share my experiences as we try to achieve what 90 other bands are trying to achieve as well. With that said, good luck to everyone tomorrow in the Thursday slots and I wish safe travels for the rest of the groups.

See you in Indy…

DCI World Championships

Blue Devils or Crown?

Tonight is the DCI World Championships for the World Class (Div I) groups. It is being held at the new Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis. So far it has been the Blue Devils in the driver’s seat, but you have Carolina Crown sitting in 2nd with the Holy Name Cadets right behind them. Last night the Blue Devils almost walked away with a perfect percussion score of 20.00 by posting a 19.90 – Carolina Crown was right there behind them with a 19.80.

Tonight decides the Fred Sanford High Percussion Award to the highest score using one judge on the field. This is different from Quarters and Semis where you have two judges – one in the box and one on the floor. I’m not so sure with leaving the decision up to one judge and them being on the field. That means the ensemble sound will not be taken into account as much, it will be more technical in nature.

How will it go down? Will Carolina Crown catch BD or will they remain on top? I have my Top 6 in order posted after the jump…

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Ring of Fire

Blue Devils warming up at the DCI show in Broken Arrow, OKA “Ring of Fire” in meteorology terms is a high pressure system stagnated with thunderstorms circling the pressure in a clockwise motion. This weather pattern is what the corps had to endure while making their way towards DCI Southwest in San Antonio. What started as stormy weather in Hutchinson, Kansas one day turned into blistering hot weather in Oklahoma. This set the stage for a day so hot, they moved the start time of the show back thirty minutes in hopes that it would bring cooler temperatures. No such luck. Nine corps endured the heat wave high of 103 in Broken Arrow to put on a performance and they did not disappoint.

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