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Corps Survival Skills

If you’ve ever heard the oft-used statistic “DCI had 442 corps in 1972 and last year fielded just 53,” you might worry that drum corps is going the way of the dodo. Those 53 remaining junior corps would beg to differ. But the question remains: “Where did all the corps go?” That answer could fill volumes, but perhaps it would be easier to ask, “How can a corps survive today?”

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