Thursday, August 20, 2009

Marching Music's Major League

DCI - Drum Corps International - Marching Music's Major League. Still confused? Welcome to a musical subculture which I have, until today, overlooked. A culture of drum corps competing under the auspices of DCI in over 100 events each year culminating in a world championship event which was won in 2008 by the Phantom Regiment from Rockford, Illinois.

Piazzolla had a drum corps in the 2009 race: the Citations Drum & Bugle Corp from Burlington, Massachusetts. The Citations production routine this year included a performance of Michelangelo 70 and Libertango. And with a front ensemble of seven members playing 3 vibraphones, 3 marimbas, a xylophone, glockenspiel, and auxillary percussion; and behind them, a dozen drummers, and three dozen or so brass players, it is a Michelangelo 70/Libertango unlike any you have heard before. The video shows them in a "Standstill concert" at the 2009 Quarter finals in Paw Paw, Michigan. I am pleased to report that our corps took the bronze in the 2009 Open Finals in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Blue Devils B from Concord, California took home the top open trophy.

Maybe next year.

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