Ohio’s DCI Summer Music Games 2024

July 2, 2024 – Mason Ohio 8:00 am Today is a show day. This will be my final show of the Midwest Tour. Tonight, the Bluecoats are here to shake things up in their backyard. Boston Crusaders, Carolina Crown, and Phantom Regiment will be here to duke it out with them. Some in our group predict a shake-up at the top of the rankings. … Continue Reading →

Take Me Back to Chicago for DCI

June 30, 2024 – Chicago, Illinois I am whiling time away at the car rental complex at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, waiting for friends to arrive from afar. I just dropped off the rental that served me well on my two-state tour of Michigan and Indiana. Leaving Michigan Dunes, I headed westerly around the southern shore of Lake Michigan into the concrete jungle … Continue Reading →

DCI Central Indiana 2024

June 29, 2024 – Muncie, Indiana There is one thing that I have come to equate with the State of Indiana: youth music education. When a drum and bugle corps competition comes to town, all eyes are fixed, and ears are perked. Six World Class Drum Corps International (DCI) drum and bugle corps competed last night at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. The … Continue Reading →

Indiana Wants Me for DCI

June 28, 2024 – 9:00 am – Steuben County, Indiana I am at the Welcome Center on I69 in Northeaster, Indiana, where there is power, bathroom, water, and WIFI. It’s time to update you on my travels and sleeping accommodations last night. I set my phone to play one of my shorter recorded sessions on my Steinway. When the music stopped, I was fully … Continue Reading →

Larking about in the Mitten

June 27, 2024 – Fort Custer National Cemetery I’m sitting under the roof of a commemoration site at the Fort Custer National Cemetery just outside Battle Creek, Michigan. In keeping with my tradition of finding adventure along the way to the next drum corps show, I chose this spot to rest my weary bones in my hammock. Last night was a cold one in … Continue Reading →

DCI Midwest Premiere

June 25, 2024 – Western Michigan The stalwart maple tree is my friend, keeping me cool under the shade of its spreading limbs. I am at the high school in Jenison, Michigan, in a bedroom community in Grand Rapids. The Phantom Regiment is in residence rehearsing for the Midwest Drum Corps International (DCI) Premiere show to be held tomorrow in nearby Rockford, MI. Not … Continue Reading →

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 →