Louisville, Ky., resident Chuck McCurdy insists it was a total coincidence to be the first drum corps fan to register as a subscriber to the DCI Season Pass. "Honestly, being first to sign up for the season pass was a total accident -- REALLY!! But those who know me will insist that I was sitting here at 12:59 CST, waiting to click on dci.org," McCurdy said. McCurdy, an at-large member of the DCI board of directors, is an executive vice president and portfolio manager with Veredus Asset Management, a Louisville, Ky.-based investment management firm which specializes in small capitalization growth stocks. McCurdy marched in the Phantom Regiment in 1981. "I was the last guy cut from the snare line, so I spent the first Phantom Regiment "Summer of Spartacus" playing cymbals and having the best summer of my life," McCurdy said. He's been married to his wife, Angela, for 15 years. "We have three children who are budding young musicians and -- surprise! -- drum corps fans in the making -- Cameron, 11, Lauren, 10, and Erin, 5," McCurdy said. He plans to use the streaming features of the DCI Season Pass at work, and will be noting how corps shows evolve through the summer with APDs. "Even though I already own almost every DCI recording and DVD, it will be great to be able to stream every show here at the office. For the most part, I'll be using the live event features of the season pass – and I'll definitely be downloading the APDs. DCI did a great job rolling out the APDs in 2004. (Thanks, Ricky!) For true drum corps fans, it's great to be able to listen to a corps and track their improvement and show changes over the course of the summer," McCurdy said. McCurdy is a longtime drum corps fan. "As far as my drum corps background, I think I was born a drum corps fan. My Dad (Chuck Sr.) and two of my uncles (Dennis McCurdy and Mike Olson) were members of the Cavaliers in the late 1950s and early 1960s. My grandparents (Charles and Bernice McCurdy) were very involved in the Cavalier Booster Organization for many years. My very first drum corps show was 1961 VFW Nationals in Miami. In my early years, I went to many Cavalier rehearsals and listened to all of the old Fleetwood recordings -- I still hear 1967 Cavaliers in my head after all these years. As much as my family would have loved to see me in a Cavalier uniform, things didn't work out that way. We moved to Louisville in 1969, and I really lost touch with drum corps for a few years. I didn't see another drum corps show until 1976. I started my collection of DCI Finals LPs that year," McCurdy said. Like many hard-core drum corps fans, every year, McCurdy makes the pilgrimage to DCI World Championships. "With the exception of only a few years, I have been to every DCI World Championship since 1979. I have been to countless DCI regional and local drum corps shows," McCurdy said. McCurdy mentioned how in early 2004 he became interested in becoming an at-large member of the board of directors. "As a lifelong fan, I am so fortunate to be in a position to give back to an activity that has brought me so much enjoyment over the years," McCurdy said. His favorite drum corps show? "That is sooo tough – '87 SCV, '88 Blue Devils, '89 Regiment, 2002 Cavaliers are all at the top of my playlist," McCurdy said. And this year, he's looking forward to finding out if an old drum corps warhorse will find its way to the field again. "Rumor has it that Phantom might be playing some of the old Spartacus show music in 2005 -- I can't wait to hear today's Regiment horn line playing the same show I was a part of back in 1981!" McCurdy said.
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