Here's a quick roundup of what our European drum corps brothers and sisters have been up to: Drum Corps Europe site to chronicle Dutch corps members' American experiences From a Drum Corps Europe press release: Over the next six months, Drum Corps Europe will follow the experiences of several Dutch drum corps members who will march in American corps this summer. Some of them have already traveled to the United States to attend rehearsals. The first installment has already been published on www.drumcorps.nl (in Dutch). Bob van der Hoek, member of Juliana (from Middelburg, Holland) and Erwin van der Meulen of Jubal (from Dordrecht, Holland) already reported about their first weeks in the United States, attending Crossmen audition camps. Erwin is in his third year with the Crossmen, while Bob it is his first year (he hopes to get a snare spot. After this summer, both will age out.More stories will follow on the DCE website, written by Dutch corps members. The stories are written for the Dutch version of the DCE website (www.drumcorps.nl). DCE also has an English website: www.dcuk.org.uk. To view the first story in English, go to a Web site translator (like http://www.tranexp.com:2000/InterTran), choose Dutch to English, then enter the ENTIRE URL (including numbers): http://www.drumcorps.nl/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=463 (note: some translation site are a little grammatically unreliable.) Stafford Lancers (2002 DCUK British junior class champions) launch new Web site (www.lancers.co.uk) From a Stafford Lancers' press release: "With a complete new layout, the organization's corporate colors are used throughout the site giving a more warmer feel to the user. Enhancements to the navigation frame of the site give the visitor a more user-friendly approach that enables them to get to every page on the site through an interactive drop-down menu. "New pages have been added also that include a complete section for the current season where you can read all about the 2003 staff members and look at each of the profiles. New support pages have been added to enhance the site as a volunteer and fundraising tool. "The launch of the new site corresponds with the announcement of the Lancers' 2003 Production, 'El Fuego Latino -- The Latin Fire.' You can read all about the production on the new site. "Stafford Lancers are excited about the prospects of the 2003 Season and hope you keep connected with the corps all the way through the season by keeping up with the news and results by visiting www.lancers.co.uk!" Blue Diamonds of Nienhagen, Germany, to help hometown celebrate 775th anniversary The Blue Diamonds of Nienhagen, Germany, will help their hometown celebrate its 775th birthday on June 29 of this summer (the corps also hopes to make it to the state of Delaware in 2004 to help America celebrate its relatively young 228th anniversary) by playing host to an international music festival, featuring corps from Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Germany.They'll also head to Kalisz, Poland, for a music festival, and will perform at concerts, performances, parades, contests and other events throughout the summer.For more information, go to www.fantasy.blue-diamonds.org (it's in German).
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