Drum Corps International
Bringing drum corps to the concert auditorium

Bringing drum corps to the concert auditorium

by Joe Smith

Performing is definitely something I love to do whenever I get the chance (except for singing, I don't do that). This upcoming weekend I'm very fortunate, for I have the opportunity to perform twice with two different ensembles in the same day. As the school year winds down, it's time for bands to perform their last concerts of the season. This Sunday evening Drake University's concert band will be putting on a concert on the Drake campus. This year I had the wonderful opportunity to be the principal horn in this ensemble, and it has been a challenge, especially since I'm not a huge fan of playing solos.

Joe Smith
I feel I have grown a lot as a horn player throughout the season, and I look forward to next season when I will hopefully be playing with this ensemble again. Sunday will be a nice climax to the season. We will be performing seven pieces, and of these probably my favorite piece would have to be "Watchman, Tell Us of the Night" by Mark Camphouse. Shortly after the concert band performance, my friend and corps alum
David Krcil (Marion Glory Cadets 2002-2003) will have his senior recital on trumpet. For his final piece he has taken his arranging skills and put together his own arrangement of the famous piece "When a Man Loves a Woman" (we all know this from Blue Devils, 1992). He considers this to be his tribute to drum corps. For his tribute he has brought together about 18 brass players and two percussionists to play this piece. I'm extremely excited about this because it will give me a chance to play mellophone with several people that march with other corps. The performance will be in Sheslow Auditorium, and from what I hear they're afraid that it will be almost too loud. This weekend should be a great weekend to perform for me. Now it's time to shine my horns in preparation so that they look good. Past columns by Joe Smith: Making the line Getting ready The Right shoes Tie trickery Happy in California Hanging with drum corps buddies Iowa and "The Hitchhiker's Guide" Paintball and wind ensemble: A Wonderful weekend The Old horn Staying flexible On Personal motivation The Lure of strawberry smoothies In Praise of sponsors Loving the Phantom of the Opera A Picture is worth 1,000 words Dealing with tour withdrawal The Busy musical season A Hectic drum corps week Right where you left off The Other side Preparing for tour Getting away from it all: Report from a Colts' camp Strong winds, early sunset: Report from a Colts' camp Meet the visual tech New challenges in Dubuque My favorite place: Alfred, N.Y. Freezing rain, full ensemble: A report from Dubuque Discussing drum corps over the holidays