Ready for Drum Corps
For most young adults, summertime means lounging in the pool, indulging in barbecues and ice-cold lemonade, and possibly roasting marshmallows while camping with their family or best friends.
But for thousands of drum corps members, summertime is a totally different experience. Instead of getting cool in the pool, they’re sweating in the sun; instead of sipping lemonade, they’re downing gallons of Gatorade just to stay hydrated; and instead of sleeping peacefully under the stars, they’re cohabitating in high school gymnasiums.
And they love every minute of it.
Drum corps members would probably tell you that they wouldn’t trade any part of their harrowing ordeal. They’re doing what they love—performing, making lifelong friends, and challenging themselves in musical, physical, mental and emotional ways. They take these lessons into their future lives, regardless of whether they continue to march.
In this issue, we salute the past, present and future of the drum corps activity by looking back at the “Top 5 Legendary Drum Corps Shows”:
Learning about these shows helps us all understand how the activity has evolved into the elaborate theatrical performances we see today. We’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you think we got it right, or are there others that should have made the cut? An even better question would be: Where do you think the future of drum corps is headed, and who will take the lead?
We also have an exclusive Q&A with Fred Morris, director of the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps. In just three short years, he was able to revive a dying corps, build upon its rich history and turn it around to be a championship finalist. Find out how he accomplished that goal and how his journey with the Troopers also fulfilled a lifelong dream.
So if you’re already part of drum corps, we wish you the best of luck this season. If you’re not, then check out our Regionals calendar to find a show near you. You won’t be disappointed.
Who knows? You might even be inspired to trade in your pool floatie for your spot on the field next summer.
Halftime Magazine®, a bimonthly print publication and online community, presents the sights, sounds and spirit of the marching arts, providing education, entertainment and inspiration for students, directors, alumni and fans of high school marching band, college marching band, drum corps, color guard and winter guard, indoor drum line or percussion, and all-age ensembles.
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