Fruits of My Labor, Fruits of the Valley

August 31, 2019 As I am in my sixty-fifth year, I have begun to enjoy the fruits of my labor and have semi-retired. In Vermont, that means I only have seven sources of income this year. Of course, I am not really idle, managing one remaining sidewalk project of my consulting practice as Municipal Project Manager. I also teach skiing … Continue Reading →

Back Along the Mill Brook

Two days of traveling home to Vermont on Sunday morning following DCI World Championships and a myriad of other things have kept me from keeping you posted. In other words, I have been slacking in the writing department again. I did take some time to amend previous posts with more depth and interest, and I finally posted my write-up on … Continue Reading →

Finals Day Anticipation

August 10, 2019 Today will be the final competition for DCI this season. Yesterday’s Semi Finals competition has resulted in a close race within the ranks of the top 12 corps. The top scoring corps was once again the Blue Devils from Concord, CA, the perennial champions having won eighteen since their founding in 1957, the most of any corps. … Continue Reading →

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 →