In today's version of the periodical feature DCI blogwatch, SCV mellophone vet Joe Smith starts worrying about tryouts. "So there's 22 days until auditions and I'm starting to hit that panic mode that I hit every year. I start to worry that I'm not good enough and that I will be cut. I'm now starting to spend late nights in a practice room trying to improve my audition piece and to prepare myself mentally for auditions," Smith writes. In Blogwatch, we'll periodically shine the proverbial spotlight on those current marching members and fans who keep a blog, xanga or other drum corps-related personal Web sites. If you have an entry of your marching musings that you're particularly proud of, send the URL to and we might mention it in our weekly DCI blogwatch news feature, depending on the overall content. To get a mention, use profanity-free language, avoid personal attacks and make it interesting and topical. We'll send you a note if we plan to mention your site on If you already sent us your link, we might mention it soon! Blog away!