Picturing the Past: The heyday of drum and bugle corps Often sponsored by a local chapter of the American Legion or VFW, corps like the Springfield, Ill. Statesmen helped pave the way for future Drum Corps International groups, participating in summer competitions that strongly resemble the annual summer tours of today—gym floors and all. Read the article on SJ-R.com.

Spartans right back where they belong The Spartans of Nashua, N.H. will return as an Open Class corps in 2010. After taking a year off because of financial difficulties, they are "right on track for what our goals are for year one, year two, and year three," as Spartans President Paul LaFlamme says in this article. Read the article on NashuaTelegraph.com.

Virginia students to train with drum and bugle corps in Ohio Heather Coley, a graduating senior at Powhatan High in Virginia, and Caitlin Daffron, a student at John Tyler Community College, will spend their summers on the road with the Bluecoats of Canton, Ohio. "It's a very precise team activity ... It's tough and it takes a lot of practice," Daffron says about the drum corps experience. Read the article on TimesDispatch.com.

Troopers news Fresh off of a groundbreaking competitive season in 2009, corps director Fred Morris says that the Troopers are "100 percent ready to go." This season, seven of their 150 marching members hail from the corps' home state of Wyoming, where they began their all-day rehearsals on May 29. As they get set for the 2010 summer season, the corps has been featured in a handful of recent news articles. 7 in state blaze trail with Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps Troopers boss pronounces corps ready All-days lay the foundation Back for Moore