We asked you to tell us what you're excited for in 2006. The response was huge, so here's just a little bit of what you had to say. Look for more every day this week.
Julene S. Michigan City, Ind.: I am looking forward to the Summer Games in Cookeville, Tenn., this year. My favorite thing is hearing the "WALL" of brass when the corps kick it up a notch, then to hear the percussion kick in behind them so that you actually feel the beat. Just the thought of it gives me goose bumps. I can't wait to cheer on my favorite corps this year! Michael N. Lockhart, Texas: I'm most excited for that first time you get to see a corps' show - where you don't know where they're going next, but you know it's going to be a good ride! There's always that moment of "Holy cow - how did they do that?!" that stays with you all summer! Matthew A. Thomasville, Pa.: I can't wait to see what drum corps has to offer this summer. There is something about music, drill, and colorguard that is so moving and exciting. Sitting up there in the stands, taking in the visuals and getting goosebumps from the power in the music being played is what I'm waiting for. Drum corps is so unique - only from drum corps can you have such a distinct experience.' Toby R. Madison, Ind.: I am extremely excited about the 2006 Summer Music Games. This will be my first year attending world finals, and I am counting down the days. I'm really looking forward to seeing my two favorite corps, the Cavaliers and the Blue Devils, fighting it out for first place. With the Cavaliers returning around 90 alumni, and the Blue Devils riding on the "years that end with 6" superstition, I think that this year will be one for the record books. Eric M. Santa Cruz, Calif.: Being on the field for the first time in a Division I corps, making the whole crowd rise to their feet in pure excitement of our show. Matt R. Powell, Tenn.: Drum corps is a very special thing to me. Just seeing the shows makes me want to march right then and there! Drum corps is the greatest sport on the planet, and I can't wait to perform in one someday! Thank you, DCI! David S. West Des Moines, Iowa: I'm excited about working 18-hour days in the Colts cooktruck in 100-degree heat in Texas in July. I'm excited about bawling my eyes out as I watch my age-out son (a four-year Colts vet) march his last DCI show ever with his little brother in Madison. I'm excited about finding my drum corps friends that I wait all year to hug because I only see them at drum corps shows. I'm excited about the 2006 Colts members, volunteers, staff and mostly their kick-butt show that's going to have people throwing babies in the cheap seats in the stands at Camp Randall stadium -- the place I saw my first DCI finals.