As the 2020 Drum Corps International season came to a screeching halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, the marching music community came together like never before to share their talents in new and creative ways.
These are just a few of the virtual performances that helped keep our spirits high during an uncertain time, as we look forward to stadium lights shining bright once again for marching music ensembles around the globe.
Drum Corps International
"Together As One"
Academy Flag Ditty
The grind hasn't stopped for our color guard. Our flags are tough as nails 💪Posted by The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps on Tuesday, May 12, 2020
"Chase the Clouds Away"
2020 Blue Devils Brass Section: Chase the Clouds Away
The 2020 Blue Devils brass section would like to honor two great Blue Devils with their own rendition of a corps classic, Chase the Clouds Away. Jim Ott tragically died in an automobile accident on July 8, 1980, while on tour with the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. Before his time at Spirit, Jim was a brass instructor and arranger for The Blue Devils. One of the most iconic arrangers in the activity, Jim was also a master teacher, and had a unique way of both challenging and encouraging his students, always getting the very most out of their performances. Many of the arranging and teaching techniques Jim used are still inherent in the current staff and corps. On May 23rd of this year, we unfortunately lost Dave Dugan, who was the first drum major for the corps in the 70’s. Just watching Dave on the podium, you could tell he was a person who loved life, and had an infectious way of making people smile. Dave was the perfect leader to set our organization on its path to greatness, and is the featured drum major in this video. His generosity, sensitivity, kindness, love, hard work, and commitment to all involved, is embedded in who we are today. Jim and Dave were both tremendous individuals on and off the field, and have without a doubt instilled their roots within The Blue Devils forever. When asked why “Clouds” was selected for the 2020 virtual brass piece, current Blue Devils brass arranger and co-caption head John Meehan said, “I have always felt Clouds was as close as a corps song as we have at the Blue Devils. Having lost Dave this year, and knowing this would be the 40th anniversary of Jim’s passing, it felt like the perfect tribute piece”. Without further adieu, we present to you the 2020 brass section, performing Jim Ott’s arrangement of “Chase the Clouds Away.” Enjoy! #bdworldPosted by Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps on Wednesday, July 8, 2020
"Can't Take My Eyes Off of You"
Bringing “home show” to a new level for this years Drums Along the Rockies! Here’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You”! #IGoOn (Video by Garrett Ciriello)Posted by Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps on Sunday, July 12, 2020
Blue Stars 2020 Soarin'
On what would be the final day of the season, the 2020 Blue Stars brass perform Soarin' and set their sights on the horizon and a return to the field.Posted by Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps on Saturday, August 8, 2020
Bloo20 Presents, The Boxer
"I am leaving, I am leaving, but the fighter still remains." 🍂 We may not be at Spring Training right now, but we're certainly still #movingINBLUE together. Please join us for this special premiere of the 2020 Bluecoats performing The Boxer. Learn how together, we will #MarchOn at bluecoats.com/give.Posted by Bluecoats on Friday, May 15, 2020
Sweet Caroline - BACBrass Virtual Hornline
Bopping along to Sweet Caroline today in honor of the Boston Red Sox Opening Day!Posted by Boston Crusaders on Friday, July 24, 2020
There is one piece of music that epitomizes the passion, beauty, and artistry that is The Cadets. This piece has been embraced and loved by our fans and alumni since 1982 when it was first performed. Here’s The Cadets Brass Faculty performing Rocky Point Holiday. After you watch please go to donate.cadets.org and support your Cadets today! #RockyPoint #TheCadetsPosted by The Cadets on Sunday, April 26, 2020
Virtual CrownBRASS - Smile - A Thank You to all medical professionals and first responders
From all at Carolina Crown & CrownCARES, we would like to thank medical professionals & first responders who are working tirelessly during these unprecedented times in the fight against COVID-19. We hope this Virtual CrownBRASS brings you a "Smile" 💜Posted by Carolina Crown on Tuesday, April 21, 2020
We certainly don't like the fact that we aren't performing live tonight in Detroit, MI at Ford Field, but we won't let 2020 go to waste. Here's this year's Corps playing Rainbow. Mellophone soloists: Brian MajkaPosted by The Cavaliers on Thursday, June 18, 2020
To wrap up our Colts Homeroom program, we present our final virtual performance! This video represents the culmination of our 16-week workout, including brass and percussion choreography, weapons work and soloists (Ari Rios - flugelhorn, Maya Struhar - dance, and Carli Castillon - trombone). We'd like to thank all of the students who joined us for the summer, and we'd also like to recognize all of the dedicated designers and instructors who made this program possible. Thank you! #MarchOnPosted by Colts Drum & Bugle Corps on Friday, August 7, 2020
"Russian Christmas Music"
Even through the pandemic, the @crossmen_brass have been hard at work. This is the result of this month's masterclasses, private lessons, and online sectional rehearsals. Enjoy!Posted by Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps on Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Happy Holidays Gift to you!
We would like to thank all of our supporters for helping us through 2020. Please enjoy the 2020 team playing Bells by Key Poulan Music. We could use just a little more help to kick off the new year. Please consider a donation this holiday season. https://genesisdbc.org/support/donate/Posted by GENESIS Drum and Bugle Corps on Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Virtual Pure Imagination
A little Pure Imagination positivity for your Tuesday! We are positively excited that this trying year is almost over. What are you looking forward to in 2021?Posted by Jersey Surf World Class Drum Corps on Tuesday, December 29, 2020
"You'll Never Walk Alone"
"Year of the Dragon"
Mandarins 2020 Virtual Choir - Year of the Dragon
Happy Holidays! Members of the 2020 Mandarins (virtually) come together with a vocal performance of our corps song, "Year of the Dragon". Inspired by the piece originally composed by Philip Sparke, arranged for the corps by Dr. Dan Fong, and arranged for voice by Chris Langton. Join our 2021 Interest group today to learn how you can be part of the 2021 Mandarins: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2021mandarinsinterest Thank you to the following for their contributions: Video Production - Joseph Khalifa Audio Engineer - Aaron Christianson Arranger and Lyrics - Chris Langton Musical Composition originally by Philip Sparke Inspired by Dr. Dan Fong's brass arrangement An extra special thank you to Chris Langton for arranging our corps song for voice and helping us start a new tradition at the Mandarins, and to the 2020 members for coming together to create something truly special.Posted by Sacramento Mandarins on Thursday, December 24, 2020
River City Rhythm
"Hymn For a New Day"
Distant Harmonies - Hymn for a New Day
We are proud to present "Hymn for a New Day" by Drew Shanefield as the first piece in our Distant Harmonies Project. In total, 1,261 people registered and 330 recordings were submitted. We received interest from musicians in 20 different countries, ranging in age from 9 to 84. Every single video and audio file that was submitted was used in this performance, representing a harmonious collection of age, skill and training. Join us on our next project by visiting: https://www.rivercityrhythm.org/distant-harmoniesPosted by River City Rhythm Drum & Bugle Corps on Saturday, May 16, 2020
Santa Clara Vanguard
"Send in the Clowns"
SCV Brass 2020 "Send in the Clowns" Vocal Performance
Get your tissues ready because today we’re featuring the 2020 SCV Brass vocal performance of “Send in the Clowns!” Our members stayed incredibly close over the summer and self-produced this piece for the end of season banquet. How amazing are they?! #SCV #FeatureFriday #tnplsc ❤️💚Posted by Santa Clara Vanguard on Friday, October 23, 2020
"Overture from Dancer in the Dark"
2020 Overture from Dancer in the Dark (corps song)
Björk's Overture from Dancer in the Dark has been Shadow's corps song since long before we became a drum corps, and for anyone who marched here, hearing it is an emotional experience; even more so now, as we navigate both a summer without drum corps and the loss of our dear friend Blake Crowson. We are dedicating this rendition to his memory, performed by a handful of 2019 members and produced by Artistic Director/Percussion Coordinator David Henzie-Skogen. The GoFundMe established to assist the family with final costs was hugely helpful, and the fund has been converted to a scholarship that will be awarded to future members of Freedom Indoor Percussion/Shadow DBC, in Blake's honor. Please consider donating to the scholarship here: bit.ly/BlakeScholarship Our 2019 production (Sonnets to Orpheus) was the first time we incorporated Overture in a field show, and this version feels especially poignant following the small ensemble performance at Blake's memorial. Thank you Christian, Eli, Faith, Jaxson, Chloe, Seth, Andrew, Logan, Bryce, Stuart, Mitchell, Omar, Mac, and Patrick for contributing your voices, and thank you to all our alumni and our extended Shadow family everywhere for making this song so meaningful for so many.Posted by Shadow Drum and Bugle Corps on Saturday, May 23, 2020
Spirit of Atlanta
Virtual Mass Brass 2020
Spirit of Atlanta and Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps join together for the 2020 Virtual Mass Brass. Watch the premiere on the Spirit of Atlanta Facebook page, Friday, July 31 at 9PM EDT/8PM CDT. #SisterCorps #MarchOnPosted by Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps on Friday, July 31, 2020
2020 Virtual Battle Hymn
This week, we celebrate the legacy of our founder, James E. Jones who was laid to rest on June 11th, 1994 at 11am MT. In a normal year, we would proudly live stream the corps playing Battle Hymn of the Republic. This year, since we are unable to be together, we are proud to virtually present this new arrangement, performed by the 2020 Troopers.Posted by Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps on Thursday, June 11, 2020