Iron Will and Stubborn Feet

July 20, 2022 Last month, I had a chance to walk in the woods with writer and long-distance through-hiker Joan Young for a very special hiking experience. Upon first meeting her on the Oak Ridge Trail in the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area in Ripton, Vermont, I was immediately struck by her sure-footed strides, and confident nature as we wended through … Continue Reading →

BAC in their Hometown 

July 5, 2022 Caffeine, cruise control, and rock n’ roll. That was the motto that I employed with my down-and-back trip to Lynn, MA, just outside the city of Boston for the Bean Pot Invitational, DCI show last Sunday. The Silver Bullet (my Volvo wagon) is getting a little tired at 100 thousand miles and she is running a little … Continue Reading →

A Lark in the Lot.

July 1, 2022 – Along the Mill Brook, Waitsfield, Vermont I am back home on my brookside deck after an eventful first tour of my drum corps season – Southern California. After a couple of days getting caught up at home and a round of golf, it’s time to catch up with you where I left off, DCI Western Connection, … Continue Reading →

DCI = Love in the Rose Bowl

June 26, 2022 – San Bernardino, CA I’m sitting here at San Bernardino Valley College on a sweltering Sunday afternoon. Tonight, is the third and final DCI show on my California tour. Last night, I was at the rim of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena for some DCI Love. My plan for this evening is to spend my time outside … Continue Reading →

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles for DCI California

June 23, 2022 -10:00am Burlington, VT It is with great anticipation that I am about to embark on my western Drum Corps International (DCI) tour, sitting comfortably in the BTV airport gate 12 in Vermont’s Queen City, Burlington. I am bound ­­­for the first drum corps show of the season this Friday. The plane is at the gate and all … Continue Reading →

Anticipation for DCI 2022

May 20, 2022 After a long winter here in Vermont, everything is turning green in the Green Mountain State. The skis are put away and it’s time to plan for my 2022 drum corps tour. Until I rediscovered drum corps in 2012 while surfing YouTube one cold winter day, I always lamented the end of ski season. Now, I have … Continue Reading →

A Day in the Phen Basin with the MRVBC

March 2022 On a loverly Saturday morning in March, the Mad River Valley Backcountry Coalition (MRVBC) led a successful tour into the Phen Basin Wilderness of the Camel’s Hump State Park on the Catamount Trail. Our destination on Section 19S from the trailhead parking area at the Battlegrounds on Mill Brook Road was Hemlock Hill for some exploration of Vermont’s … Continue Reading →

A Day on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail

October 17, 2021 Kevin Russell Back in the autumn of 2005, a window of opportunity opened for me to walk across Vermont. At the time, I was serving as the Chairman of the Vermont Trails and Greenways Council (VT&GC) and I had been hearing about the Lamoille Valley Railroad and the plan by the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST) … Continue Reading →

Harmonic Journey’s End

August 16, 2021 I want to give full credit to the name of this final blog entry of my 2021 DCI tour to the Phantom Regiment, who’s retro performance of their epic program – Harmonic Journey was the best medicine for many fans who have suffered from DCDD (Drum Corps Deficit Disorder) for over 22 months. It seemed to be fitting to … Continue Reading →

From the Fifty 2021

August 13, 2021 7:00pm I’m sitting in row 13 at the 50-yard line, thanks to publisher Steve, who had some extra seats not taken this evening. The DCI Celebration is in its second day. The touring corps are performing, intermixed with age-out ceremonies and solo performance by the talented musicians who have come so far. The Cadets just played an … Continue Reading →