Whenever I ask the members of the Cavaliers where they saw the corps the first time, many of them say on PBS. Some have seen a video tape in their bandroom, some saw the broadcast, some saw the tape of the broadcast. Most did NOT see the corps live the first time (in fact, some guys have been in the corps for years, yet had never seen the corps live - other than to be IN IT!).The PBS broadcast is important to the activity because it exposes us to a potentially large (our largest!) audience of viewers who are exposed to art and culture, but perhaps maybe not the drum and bugle corps activity. The broadcast follows the stories of three members from three separate groups all vying for the world championship. It shows how hard they work, what they have to get through, good times, bad times, etc. It gives people who are unaware an idea of who we are, in performance, as well as behind the scenes.Jeff Fiedler is the director of the 2002 Drum Corps International Champion Cavaliers of Rosemeont, Ill.Note: To order The Legacy Collection of historical Drum Corps International DVDs.
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