Drum Corps International
Michigan resident a true All-Star fan

Michigan resident a true All-Star fan

by Drum Corps International

From a Glassmen press release: This year marks the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Glassmen All-Star Review drum and bugle corps event in Toledo, Ohio. The annual competition will return on Saturday, June 19, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. to the University of Toledo's Glass Bowl Stadium. This early competition of the summer drum corps season will highlight the first showdown between the Cavaliers and the Cadets! The Glassmen, Bluecoats, Capital Regiment, Kiwanis Kavaliers, Southwind, Memphis Sound, Marion Glory Cadets and Dimensions will also be competing that evening.

Michael LaJoice
We've taken this opportunity to look at some of the people that the All-Star Review has impacted over the last 10 years, and we've come across quite an interesting cross section of the drum corps world (feel free to send us your story at Glassmen@Glassmen.org)! This year, ticket reports indicated that for the last four years, Michael LaJoice of Clarkston, Mich., has been the first online ticket buyer every time! This meant a few lost hours of sleep to buy these tickets at the midnight bell, but we wanted to know a little more about this All-Star ticket buyer. Michael is a 25 year-old Michigan accountant, currently working on his master's degree at Walsh College, with plans to be a CPA. We asked him a few questions about his "drum corps experience."
Glassmen: What got you interested in drum corps? LaJoice: In high school I marched trumpet with the Linden 'Eagle' High School Marching Band. My father took me to the Preview of Champions at Eastern Michigan University during the summer of 1993. I have been in love with the passion and competition of the drum corps activity ever since, although I have never marched in a corps. I usually attend anywhere from 10 to 12 shows each summer, depending on the schedule. I have attended every DCI World Championships since 1999. I am also making the drive from Michigan to Denver this coming summer. Glassmen: What attracts you to attend the All-Star Review every year? LaJoice: I never knew that I was the first ticket buyer every year. I just like to stay up to make sure I get my same seats every year -- 50 yard line, halfway up! I have attended the All-Star Review every year since 1999. The All-Star Review is usually the first major show of the new season. I look forward to this show all winter and spring. It is a long time from finals night in August to the All-Star Review in June. I also enjoy watching the corps progress from June through August. Some of the corps can make drastic changes and improvements through the course of three months. I have three memories from the All-Star Review that stick in my mind. First is in 2001, when I first heard the flugelhorn soloist for the Glassmen, Kevin Creasy -- a truly gifted player. My second memory is from 2002, and my first viewing of the Cavaliers' 2002 "Frameworks" show, the best designed and performed show I have ever seen. My most recent memory is from 2003, when Phantom Regiment returned in all white uniforms, with an incredible brass performance. I wish all the best to every corps competing in June at this year's All-Star Review. I send out a big welcome to the Cadets, in what will be a great showdown with the Cavaliers. I would also like to wish Glassmen the best of luck. The Glassmen have been a steady force in the Midwest in recent years, and I look forward to what they have to offer in 2004. Glassmen: Anything else you'd like to add? LaJoice: The drum and bugle corps activity is truly special, and I don't know what I would do without it in my life. I hope that all the fans, corps members, staff, and management of the activity only continue to help promote and grow this fine marching music tradition. This special anniversary All-Star Review is shaping up to be the biggest Toledo event yet! Tickets are $16 each, and are now on sale online through the GLASSMEN Web site, and by phone through TicketWeb at 866.468.3401 between 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., EST (a small service charge will apply). Groups of 10 or more and school groups should call the Glassmen office at 419.698.9775 for reduced rates. The stadium box office will open at noon on the day of the show. Other events during the day will include the corps' sixth annual Alumni Reunion. More details about the day will be released as the show draws nearer. For more information on this and other upcoming Glassmen events, please visit the GLASSMEN Web site.