You'll have not one, but two opportunities to watch Academy and its summer youth color guard program in the "Southwest Corps Connection" event. The first is Wednesday, June 23, at Red Mountain High School, Mesa, AZ, and also features Blue Knights, Troopers, Revolution, and Genesis. The second show will be Sunday, July 18 at Dobson High School, Mesa, Ariz.
The Blue Devils have introduced a new media outlet: "Mediabox," a database of videos, photos, and recordings from 1971 to the present. Some content is free, but a subscription grants access to the whole database of more than 400 videos, 300 audio tracks, and 10,000 photos. This Sunday, June 20 will be the corps' Family Day Preview at Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, Calif., which will also feature Renegades, Santa Clara Vanguard and SCV Cadets. Tickets for the event cost $10.
Family, friends and supporters of the Blue Knights are invited to Rocky Mountain Rendezvous Saturday, June 19 at Englewood (Colo.) High School. The event also features the Troopers and the all-age High Country Brass. The two World Class corps depart the following day for the Drum Corps International Tour. A $5 ticket grants you admission to the event, or join the corps for a picnic dinner along with the show for $10.
On Wednesday, June 23, the Blue Stars will present its Grand Preview debut of the 2010 production "Houdini," at Onalaska (Wis.) High School. The concert will start at 7 p.m. and is free to the public, but the corps asks for a non-perishable food item to donate to the La Crosse Hunger Task Force. The souvenir wagon will also be open for business with new 2010 merchandise.
The Boston Crusaders continue their summer "Where are they now" series featuring interviews with corps alums. The first installment of 2010 highlights past member, past instructor, and current board member Michael Woodall.
Tonight at exactly 8:03 p.m., the Cadets, Cavaliers and Carolina Crown unveil their 2010 productions in Allentown, Pa. for the Three C's Double Play season opener. The event includes a meet-and-greet with the corps directors at 7 p.m. and a Cadets Hall of Honored Veterans presentation.
Early Wednesday morning, Cavaliers vehicle drivers discovered a fire in their mobile food kitchen while at a rest stop. Though the blaze was quickly extinguished and no one was harmed, the interior sustained significant damage. Thanks to the help of officials at Northern High School in Dillsburg, Pa., the corps was able to utilize the school's cafeteria to help salvage much its frozen and perishable food supply. The Cavaliers are currently collecting contributions to a Kitchen Emergency Fund created in response to the fire.
On Saturday, June 19, Crown performs its 2010 production at Beard Delong Easley Field at Oscar Smith High School, Chesapeake, Va., along with the Cadets and Cavaliers as part of the Three C's season opener. The format is identical to tonight's event in Allentown, Pa., sponsored by Youth Education in the Arts.
Every year as part of spring training, the Colts embark on their "Cornfield Tour," which takes the corps to different locations in Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. The mini-tour gives members performance opportunities while they learn their production, and helps increase the regional fan base. During the 2010 Cornfield Tour, the Colts and Colt Cadets performed in full uniform for the corps' 15th annual Brass N' Brats show, which raised more than $1,500 this year.
Glassmen members have officially embarked on their summer tour heading toward Indiana. Events include a weekend performance, a Fred J. Miller educational clinic in Dayton, Ohio on Sunday, and the Drums Across the Tri-State DCI Tour event in Charleston, W.Va.
Spring training began for the Mandarins on Friday, June 11 in Elk Grove, Calif. Tomorrow, June 19, the corps will host its free Family Day event starting at 6:30 p.m., where members will debut their 2010 production, "To Dream of Faraway Lands."
On June 15, Music City gave its first 2010 performance at the CMA Music Festival Kick-off Parade in Nashville, Tenn. The corps performed "Tennessee Waltz" for the numerous spectators and got evening airtime on all four local TV stations. View a photo gallery from the parade on the Music City website.
Last Saturday, June 12, more than 600 spectators attended a sneak preview of Pacific Crest's 2010 production, "Maze." All proceeds from the event will help fund the corps' 2010 tour. A photo montage of the day can be found on the Pacific Crest website.
On Monday, June 21, seven corps will perform at the University of Charleston (W.Va.) Stadium, Laidley Field for the Phantom Regiment-sponsored Drums Across the Tri-State DCI Tour event. The show will feature the competitive performances of the Phantom Regiment, Cadets, Bluecoats, Carolina Crown, Glassmen, Spirit and Teal Sound starting at 7:30 p.m.
Tomorrow, June 19 at 6 p.m., Pioneer will take a short break from the rehearsal field to hit the streets in the Elk Grove, Ill. Hometown Parade.
Tickets are now on sale for Music on the March, an Open Class competition taking place on Friday, August 6 at Steven J. Gavinski Memorial Stadium in Greendale, Wis. Along with Racine Scouts, performing corps include Raiders, Blue Devils B, Oregon Crusaders, Revolution, Colt Cadets, Les Stentors, Spirit of Newark/New Jersey, and Forte. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for children, and are free for children under 5.
The Raiders are pleased to announce their 2010 design team, of whom includes Michael Hamilton, PJ Tankard, Colin Bell and Mike Russ. Hamilton and Tankard both return for their sixth years on the staff, Hamilton as program coordinator and Tankard as color guard caption head; Bell is a Kean University graduate who has been involved with the Raiders since 2004. Russ, in his third year with the Raiders, has been involved in the drum corps activity since 1969.
Santa Clara Vanguard
Renowned percussionist and DCI Hall of Fame member Ralph Hardimon returns for the Rudimental and Mallet Camp from June 23-25 at SCV Hall in Santa Clara, Calif. Hosted by the Groove School of Percussion, the camp is geared for kids 11-17 and will also feature Vanguard alums David Flores and Groove School founder David Sankus.
The Spartans have posted their schedule for June 18-20. The weekend includes a parade in Brookline, Mass. on Sunday, June 20, with the corps stepping off at noon.
Teal Sound made the news last week, featured on a South Georgia news station as the corps rehearsed in Thomasville, Ga. for spring training rehearsals.