True Colors in Castleton

June 1, 2024 2:00 pm I’m sitting in the shade in a comfortable Adirondack chair at Castleton University in Vermont. In front of me are 24 Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps trumpeters. It is after lunch, and brass instructor Steve is leading the trumpets through a series of warmups. The tubas, baritones, and mellophones are in other locations across the campus but can … Continue Reading →

Anticipation for DCI 2024

June 9, 2024, Along the Mill Brook The skis have long been put away. The leaves have returned on the trees along the Mill Brook, and the school year is coming to a close. This is a time of year filled with anticipation as I await the return of Drum Corps International (DCI) junior drum and bugle corps competitions. Planning my tour for 2024 … Continue Reading →

A Tale of Two Schoolhouses

In 1903, the Town of Fayston constructed the iconic schoolhouse along the Mill Brook near the junction of Number Nine Hill Road and Town Highway #1, now Mill Brook Road (Vermont Route 17). The road got its name from Schoolhouse #9, which served the Fayston School District 9. Sixty years of bell ringing and the chatter of the children of Fayston ensued along the … Continue Reading →

Where to Go, When to Go

A guide to wintertime recreation in the Mad River Valley backcountry. Backcountry skiing has a season and a place. When and where to go are the two big questions for BC enthusiasts. Where can depend on when, and vice versa. Here is a short essay on when and where to go for wintertime backcountry adventures in the Mad River Valley. Though I do not … Continue Reading →

Home, Where the Heart Is

August 16, 2023 – Along the Mill Brook Sunday, the morning after DCI the finals, I did not need audio traveling home from Indianapolis to the Mad River Valley of Vermont. The musical repertoires ingrained from weeks of intense listening to 2023 DCI drum and bugle corps shows that climaxed last night with the World Championship Finals rang in my cranium non-stop. My heavily … Continue Reading →

DCI World Championships 2023

August 12, 2023 – Indianapolis, Indiana The past two days were a blur. Each year, I find more things to occupy my time in Indianapolis before I go into the oil can to watch the drum corps shows. Therefore, I have had less time to catch up with you daily. Preliminary and Semi-finals are in the books. The top four drum corps are ranked … Continue Reading →

Indy of Bust for DCI 2023

August 10, 2023 – Indianapolis, Indiana 9:00 am Oh, how the days fly when you are having fun. Once again, I have made it to Indianapolis for the DCI World Championships. I am again behind in keeping up with you on my 2023 DCI tour. I left you two days ago in Ohio on the way to Canton for my last outdoor drum corps … Continue Reading →

Pennsylvania DCI 2023

August 7, 2023 – Along the Lincoln Highway I am woefully behind in keeping you posted on the excellent drum corps shows I have witnessed in the past three days while in Pennsylvania. Today was another travel day after two days in Allentown and one in Pittsburgh. I am just outside Canton, Ohio, in this lovely park, not far from the Football Hall of … Continue Reading →

Onward to Allentown for DCI 2023

August 4, 2023 – Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area 10:00 am I’m sitting here along the Delaware River on a bench that I built out of two large stones, a log, and a 12x48x2” milled board, all flotsam found on the sandy bank. I am about midway through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. It is my favorite route to Allentown, with … Continue Reading →

Shippin’ up to Boston

August 3, 2023 – Lawrence, Massachusetts. Yay, I’m in the Boston area for a live DCI show tonight! Yesterday, I detailed the Silver Bullet, my aging Volvo XC70, and loaded it up for my two-week tour auto tour of Drum Corps International (DCI) competitions. First is the Boston Area Show in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The Boston Crusader will host a smallish show with only three … Continue Reading →