You've waited anxiously through June, staying up past midnight to check the evening's scores from Charles City, Iowa, and Erie, Pa. The next day you groggily debate your closest drum corps friends all day via e-mail, spending valuable worktime debating the relative merits of the Cadets or the Santa Clara Vanguard. Or you've dusted off that old corps jacket, yeah, the fluorescent pink one that used to fit perfectly and was the height of fashion. Now it looks hopelessly "Miami Vice," reeking of 1987. You reminisce about that free day in Chicago, and how that pizza tasted like the most delicious manna. Or you've spun that rifle in front of a mirror until your fingers grew blisters, dreaming of the day you'd be ready to audition for the Blue Devils. Yes that's you, the drum corps "lifer." We know you're out there -- and now we're calling on you to spread the word. Ticket sales this summer have been great -- a mere 82 seats were left unsold for the father's day special in Lisle, Ill., for example -- so we know that this summer's shows are wonderful crowd-pleasers. Now it's time for YOU to become a drum corps evangelist. We're asking each of you to reach out and spread the word about the drum corps activity. Knock on doors, e-mail, instant message, even yell if you have to -- but this is the summer for you to bring a friend to a DCI show. Bring a digital camera to the show and take a picture with your new drum corps convert at the show, and send it to email@example.com -- we'll post pics as they come in under the headline, "New convert." Great seats are still available at most DCI shows. Pick up the phone, make your pitch, and we'll see you on the 50.
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