Drum Corps International
This day in history: Astor Piazzola

This day in history: Astor Piazzola

by Michael Boo


Astor Piazzola
On March 11, 1921, the famed Argentinean tango composer Astor Piazzola was born. Prior to his death in 1992, he had already become known for having almost single-handedly revived the art of the tango and for making it popular in North America and Europe. In 2004, Phantom Regiment dedicated the corps' entire show, "Apasionada 874," to Piazolla's music. As noted in the DCI Souvenir Yearbook from that year, "Phantom's tribute to his music melds images of a dimly lit dance floor with a man and woman surrendering their reality to the pulsating rhythms, rhythms that transverse the sensations of love and dreams, pain and joy, desire and conflict, with undeniable passion the underlying theme throughout." Enjoy this clip of the corps' percussion feature from that production.

2004 Phantom Regiment