By Andy Dittrich
Capital Sound

Andy Dittrich
I always asked myself why my column was called 'Project," and it is true that I have always tried to write with the name of the column in the back of my head.

What is "Project," and why does it exist? I suppose that the title is just a work in progress.

"Project," at the beginning of the drum corps season, seemed like the struggle to get the show on the field, and build a drum corps. It continued and grew as the season moved on, and "Project" also lived and breathed, became more and more refined, and found a place in the heart of its writer, and also in the hearts of some readers.

As I have begun writing again here in the off-eason, I have struggled to find my new "Project." My challenges right now are so broad, and totally unrelated to drum corps, it seems. This last week I have picked up viruses, been at marching band rehearsals for 10 hours a day, tried to start building a life in a new home, as well as keep my identity at corps, at home, and in Urbana.

Let's discuss. "Project" doesn't necessarily refer to the difficulties that I have here, so much as it might deal with the difficulties that the drum and bugle corps activity has.

That means, that "Project" is now yours, and I'm speaking to you, readers, drum corps fans, drum corps enthusiasts, and especially you drum corps problem seekers. This is your chance, as "Project" moves in its latest direction. I need e-mail from you, to, about what you think is wrong with drum corps, what you think is great about drum corps, and generally just anything about drum corps at all.

World of drum corps, this is "Project." It belongs to you for these next few months. Please take advantage of it.

Eat, sleep, march, complain, repeat, but just do it on "Project!" Andy Dittrich is the center snare drummer for Capital Sound, and is a fifth-year member of the corps. He attends the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is studying English.