Day One Preliminary Finals

August 9, 2019 Well, yesterday was a whirlwind day of final travel leg to Indianapolis, restocking the cooler and checking into the hotel directly across from Lucas Oil Stadium the location three days of marching music’s major league world series. I decamped (such as it was sleeping in the car) from the Mounds State Park and streamed into the city … Continue Reading →

Onward to Indianapolis

August 7, 2019 Last night I opted out of post rehearsal merriment at Buffton University and drove the Silver Bullet to the well-secluded nature preserve parking lot owned by the university and spent another night of blissful sleep within her inner sanctum. The bug screens for the back windows that I purchased worked their magic providing ventilation without the bugs. … Continue Reading →

Finals Week Begins

August 6, 2019 I am on the campus of Bluffton University in Buffton, Ohio. This campus is under siege by the Boston Crusaders whose ranks are spread out among the many fine campus halls under the welcome shade trees. The sopranos are in one quad, the baritone in another. Tubas are in a field behind the stadium and the mellophones … Continue Reading →

This mouthpiece is like a [deleted] flame thrower.

August 3, 2019 “This mouthpiece is like a [deleted] flame thrower.” – Donny Allen, trumpeter, educator. I’m sitting in Allentown, PA with brother Garry and friend Donny. It is 2:00pm and we are in anticipation of night two of the Mecca of drum corps. Donny is trying out different mouthpieces in the park (ing lot) behind the Ham-Fam Restaurant a … Continue Reading →

Drum Corps = Love and Family in Carolina

August 1, 2019 You know those word salad diagrams that visually demonstrate the key words describing a topic, the larger ones being the one more often used? Well, I think the words LOVE and FAMILY would be very prominent among the array of the other obvious words that aptly describe the drum and bugle corps activity such as dedication, excellence, … Continue Reading →

Detroit DCI Premiere

June 20, 2019 – Detroit 9:50am Yesterday, I arrived at the Detroit airport (DTW) on a non-stop flight from Burlington, VT (BTV) to visit friends and see the premiere DCI event at Ford Field tonight. Each airport could not be more uniquely different. At Burlington International Airport the parking garage, check in counter, and gates are all within a few … Continue Reading →

Goliath Awakens!

June 10, 2019 Maybe you know the story of David and Goliath. It is a symbolic underdog story of mere David of the Israelites pit against the Philistine giant Goliath. The unassuming David slays Goliath with a single shot to the head with a stone from his sling. This is the story that the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps … Continue Reading →

Anticipation for DCI 2019

May 25, 2019 – Anticipation Builds for DCI 2019 It has been a long winter. Fortunately for me, it was a snowy one. With over one hundred days of skiing, many of them teaching, I can attest that it was a great off-season from drum corps. Back in 2012 when I rediscovered drum corps, I was excited to find a … Continue Reading →

Upon Further Reflection of DCI 2018

August 20, 2018 Upon Further Reflection of 2018 The state of drum corps is alive and well. Let’s drink to that! I have been home on the Mill Brook for a couple of weeks now after my 2018 Drum Corps International (DCI) tour. Coaching high school golf, hiking and working around the house on deferred maintenance to occupy my time, … Continue Reading →

Homeward Bound – post finals blues

August 12, 2018 Homeward Bound 2:00pm The journey eastward from Indianapolis began this morning. It is Sunday, the day after the DCI final championship performances and I am homeward bound. Setting the on-board navigation system for Waitsfield, Vermont showed the usual interstate highway system routes. I chose to deviate to a less traveled route and put the Silver Bullet, my … Continue Reading →