The Academy just launched a new uniform campaign, where contributors can donate either online or by downloading a flier and mailing it in. Those who contribute $100 or more get their names affixed to the uniform, and will also get a sneak preview of the final uniform design before the public release.
On Aug. 5, the 2010 Blue Devils percussion section will appear at George Mason University's "Mean Green" drum line camp. This clinic is a three-day experience for high school and college-aged students in a fun environment, including large and small group sessions for technique, warm-up skills, conditioning, and performance excellence.
The Blue Knights organization, which also produces the "Stampede" drum line for the Denver Broncos, introduced a new form of entertainment for the NFL team: the Broncos' Brass. The ensemble will team up with the Stampede drum line to "create an unparalleled experience for Broncos fans." Auditions for Broncos' Brass were held Tuesday, July 20 at INVESCO stadium in Denver.
The Bluecoats Hall of Fame, which recognizes standout individuals who have made significant contributions to the organization, added a new member Friday, July 9: Derrick Mergen, whose drum corps roots go back to the early 1960s, became involved with the Bluecoats in 1999 when his son joined the corps, and has volunteered his time ever since. He was elected to the corps' Board of Directors in 2001 and now serves as Board Vice President.
On Aug. 8, the Cadets organization will honor the Class of 2010 Hall of Fame, won by those who have shown an especially strong commitment to the corps. This year's winners include Arthur Mura, Greg Pych and David Shaw, all alumni who have been involved with the Cadets for many years.
You can still get tickets for the Red River Thunder event in Denton, Tx. this Monday. The event is presented by the Cavaliers and the Ryan High School Band Boosters.
Check out a Fan Network video of the Colt Cadets' horn line with brass caption head Dr. Ramon Vasquez and percussion caption head Brian Zeglis.
To welcome back Crossmen members after six weeks of tour, the corps' organization is hosting the first-ever Homecoming Dinner for Crossmen Family and Friends during the DCI Southwestern Premier Event in San Antonio. All alumni, friends and family are invited to Heroes Stadium Saturday, July 24 to mingle and watch members rehearse. For every donation, patrons will receive a meal of pasta, salad, and dessert cooked by the Crossmen food crew.
The corps just set off for its first week of tour, which was a "smashing" success. After Forte's debut in Wichita, Kansas, members performed at their home show in Dallas, Texas. last night.
After finishing out its season July 17 in Paramount, Calif., Gold thanks members and supporters for a successful 2010 season. Watch a video of the corps performing its 2010 production, "Primary Colors."
The Open Class corps from Quebec, Canada updates the drum corps world on the results of the first few judged competitions. Corps members have begun to overcome the heat and stresses of tour to come together as an ensemble.
The Mandarins updated their tour blog to include news on the corps' past rehearsals and performances (and rainouts!) in Mesa, Ariz., El Paso and Odessa, Texas, and current news of the corps in Houston. Check out the Mandarins Tour Blog from the front webpage.
An Open Class corps from the Pacific Northwest got some attention from Portland, Ore. news station in its "On the Go with Joe" segment. Watch a video clip of the Oregon Crusaders horn line by going to the corps' home page.
Current Phantom Regiment Board President Tim Farrell is the new 2010 inductee on the Phantom Regiment Heritage Plaque. The plaque honors those who have dedicated time and service to the organization. Farrell's involvement dates back to 1971 as a corps member, then later as program coordinator and brass staff member.
Platinum recently introduced a new fundraiser to allow members and supporters to donate to the corps while also helping the environment. In the "Platinum Goes Green" campaign, you can sponsor a tree "In Honor," "In Memory," or "In Appreciation" of the person of your choosing. Types of trees include Black Walnut, Persimmon, River Birch and Red Cedar, and will be planted in several communities in North Carolina. By helping the environment and supporting a drum corps, it's a win-win situation.
Spirit thanks the many people who have already contributed their donations and time to the corps in 2010. There is still a long way to go this season, and Spirit asks for fans and supporters to contribute to the Pay it Forward campaign or drop off a food donation.
Thunder just finished up its 2010 season on July 17 with a score of 74, good for seventh place in Open Class July 18. The organization congratulates its members on a successful return to the Open Class and thanks fans for their support.
The Troopers have a hotel headquarters where fans and supporters can stay during the 2010 DCI World Championships from August 12-14. You can check in as early as Wednesday, August 11 and check out by 11 a.m. Sunday, August 15. Check the corps' website for more information.
The Vanguard Cadets successfully finished their West Coast tour, topping previously-undefeated Blue Devils B by .5. Now, the corps travels through Texas, performing and competing in the cities of El Paso, Odessa, and Houston, Texas, ending its tour in San Antonio.