Drum Corps International
Strutters enjoy successful camp, announce 2003 show

Strutters enjoy successful camp, announce 2003 show

by Drum Corps International

From an Edmonton Strutters' press release: For the first time in a very long time, the corps was able to practice outside in April. Being the northernmost corps, we took advantage of the balmy 15-degree weather. With the color guard further ahead than they have ever been, caption head Nadine Bjorkquist is very enthusiastic about this year's show. "All our members have three or more years experience and pickup the work very fast," said Bjorkquist. With the help of volunteer instructors Ryan Hirsch and Matt Laird, caption head Don McNeill taught the horn line three-quarters of this summer's show. "These students can play and they have a sound that doubles their size," McNeill said. Caption head Steve Kress had his hands full while auditioning and filling the various spots in the drum line. "We are going to have out best line yet," said Kress. "All these kids have talent and will achieve success this summer." The front line, composed of all new members this year, excelled in every area. Caption head Rod Kirkpatrick said, "The new members are great to work with, very enthusiastic and a pleasure to teach. They picked up the style and basics with natural ease and will have no problems with the summer music," Kirkpatrick said. Visually, the corps looks great, working on basics and technique the members are well aware of the physical demands this years show will request. "The members are willing to try anything they are presented, which allows me to be creative when designing the drill," said caption head Dennie Hirsch. The camp ended with our traditional "Show and Tell." The front line presented various mallet exercises. The brass line played through the opener "Great White North," as well as the first half of "Satellite." The drum line followed, showcasing their cadence, entitled "Monkeys Revenge." And the color guard ended the camp by performing the opener choreography. We cannot forget to mention the wonderful volunteers -- Sherry Hirsch, Crystal Bullis and Gayle Farrell, who cooked for us. We know we are DCI's best-fed corps, thanks so much. The Strutters' 2003 summer show is entitled "Canadiana," in celebration of the corps' 40th anniversary and their uniquely Canadian heritage. The show is a musical and visual representation of "All things Canadian." Using original compositions as well as various musical selections from Canadian recording artists as the musical backdrop, the Strutters' show visualizes the diverse culture and character (and yes, some of the idiosyncrasies) of the Canadian lifestyle.

The show includes "Great White North," an original composition based on the Doug and Bob   Mackenzie theme show from SCTV, "Satellite" by Colin James and the Little Big Band, "Arms of an Angel" by Sarah McLaughlin, the theme from "Hockey Night in Canada" and "Enid" by the Bare Naked Ladies.