An International Flight Attendant for a legacy US Carrier that loves his job. Often wishes he could have flown in the Golden Years with all the glam, but enjoys what he does.
Will blog about Drum & Bugle Corps' and Marching Bands too (especially in the summer and fall)
• Jersey Surf reveals 2018 show title • Heat Wave sets sights on inaugural trip to the DCI World Championships • Latest looks inside audition camps • Plus much more! 7th Regiment
7th Regiment added an audition camp for brass and
percussion, January 19-21 in West Haven, Connecticut. Color guard
auditions will be held on the 21st. 7thRegiment.org Blue Devils B
Blue Devils B’s educational audition clinic will take place January 19-21 in Concord, California. BlueDevils.org Blue Knights
Meal prep volunteers are still needed across the three days of Blue
Knights’ rehearsal camp January 19-21 in Englewood, Colorado. Those
interested may sign up to help for one, two, or all three days. AscendPerformingArts.org Bluecoats
The Bluecoats have an immediate opening for one lead trumpet player. Facebook.com The Cadets
Cadets’ percussion caption head Tom Aungst is looking for one more snare drummer to fill the line this year. Facebook.com Carolina Crown
Check out this gallery of more than 150 photos from Carolina Crown’s January audition camp weekend. Facebook.com Gold
Gold’s first brass experience camp of 2018 will be held January 27-28 at Valhalla High School in El Cajon, California. Facebook.com Guardians
Guardians has open spots for prospective corps members in all sections. Facebook.com Heat Wave
Heat Wave will be heading to Michigan City, Indiana and Indianapolis
this summer to attend the Open Class DCI World Championships for the
very first time. “We are excited to enter the next phase of our growth
plan,” executive director Jon Otero said. Facebook.com Impulse
Impulse will host camps for prospective color guard members January
21, February 25, and March 11 in California, followed by auditions April
28 and 29. Facebook.com Jersey Surf
Jersey Surf revealed the title of its 2018 production, “[mondo
mondrian],” which will be based on the cubist primary colors of 20th Century abstractionist Piet Mondrian. Facebook.com Legends
Legends has immediate openings for trumpets, mellophones, and color guard performers. Facebook.com Louisiana Stars
From the looks of these photos from Louisiana Stars’ January audition camp, the corps is on the way to enjoying a banner season. Facebook.com Madison Scouts
Meet the four drum majors who will lead the Madison Scouts during the corps’ 2018 summer season. MadisonScouts.org Mandarins
Mandarins’ corps director JW Koester and program director Ike Jackson
discuss the highlights of the corps’ January callback audition camp in
this recently-posted video. Vimeo.com Music City
More than 150 brass musicians and percussionists braved the
abnormally cold Tennessee weather January 12-14 to attend Music City’s
latest audition and rehearsal camp. Check out this video of the corps’
horn line. Facebook.com Oregon Crusaders
Oregon Crusaders announced that some new names have been added to the
corps’ color guard team, including choreographer Tim Coady and five
other staff members. OregonCrusaders.org Pacific Crest
Because of the great weather in southern California, Pacific Crest
rehearsed outside under the lights during the corps’ January rehearsal
camp. Facebook.com Phantom Regiment
Due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Phantom Regiment had the
opportunity to host a four-day callback audition camp this past weekend.
Don’t miss this gigantic gallery of photos recapping the action. Facebook.com Pioneer
What does a corps strongly associated with the Emerald Isle eat for a treat at its January audition and rehearsal camp? Facebook.com Raiders
Two New Jersey natives, Katie Beasley and Grace Robertson, have been named Raiders’ 2018 drum majors. Facebook.com River City Rhythm
Three of the newest River City Rhythm staff appointments include Ben
Harloff as brass supervisor, Jeffrey Crowell as percussion ensemble
specialist, and Brian Veith as brass co-caption head. Facebook.com Santa Clara Vanguard
Santa Clara Vanguard announced the date of its annual
organization-wide birthday celebration. Join the corps for brunch on
Saturday, March 17 in Santa Clara, California, to see special sneak-peek
performances by Vanguard and the Vanguard Cadets. SCVanguard.org Seattle Cascades
Next month’s rehearsal camp for Seattle Cascades has been changed to
the weekend of February 23-25 to avoid a conflict with a music
educators’ event. This camp is only for brass and percussion, with color
guard starting up in April. SeattleCascades.org Shadow
Shadow announced the 16 members of the corps’ 2018 percussion staff. Facebook.com Southwind
Southwind wrapped up its January rehearsal camp weekend with a
show-and-tell performance giving each section of the corps the
opportunity to step into the spotlight. Facebook.com Spartans
Drum major Emily Dawson spills the beans about the corps’ upcoming season in this debut episode of “Inside Spartans.” Facebook.com Spirit of Atlanta
Get an inside look at Spirit of Atlanta in this video captured during the corps’ January callback audition camp. Facebook.com Watchmen
Watchmen announced the members of its 2018 administrative staff, led by executive director David Becker. WatchmenArtsAssociation.org
WOW! Two and a half years since my last update. Guess Facebook and other social media has kept me out of touch from blogging. Besides, been busy working and enjoying some awesome vacations.
Not much really happened the end of 2015, 2016 was pretty much a blur, just lots of flying. However, 2017 I was able to do some great trips with family and friends, both in Alaska and the Caribbean.
In August, I went on a weeks cruise on Holland America's Eurodam in Alaska. Saw tons of beautiful country that I have never witnessed before. Wildlife galore, and crystal blue waters. Bears, Bald Eagles, Mountain Goats, Whales, Sea Turtles, Otters, just to name a few of the animals we were able to see, along with a couple of Glaciers.
Stops in Juneau, Glacier Bary, Sitka, Ketchikan, Alaska, and Victoria, British Columbia. All great places if you've never been.
In November, did another Eurodam cruise, this time in the Caribbean visiting, Grand Turks, St. Thomas, Half Moon Cay Bahamas. It was sad to see all the devastation from hurricanes that hit the Islands. Hope things get somewhat better in time for my next cruise in February.
Even though I'll still be visiting the Caribbean, it'll be different islands. Starting in Tampa, then to Key West, Mahogany Bay Roatan Honduras, Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala, Costa Maya, Mexico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, St. John's, Antigua, Castries, St. Lucia, Soufriere Bay, Willemstad, Curacao, Oranjestad, Aruba, George Town, Grand Cayman, and finally back to Tampa Florida. I so can't wait.
Temperatures have been bitterly cold the past month, and I'll be leaving right when people are coming up to Minneapolis, MN for the Super Bowl.
Can't think of anything else to update with. Hope all are good.
Very hard to believe that it's been over seven months since my last blog...yet, here we are seven months later.
It has truly been a pretty busy seven months...Jan-Mar, I was down in Phoenix helping with my airlines Merger Integration training, then back to flying Apr-present.
It's been a very interesting summer for Drum Corps, as many corps are really pushing the envelope for new pageantry. It's nice to see some new corps reaching the top spot at different contest shows, and after the first regional, an undefeated corps had finally been de-throwned, albeit for a night.
I didn't take a lot of pictures this year, however it was great to run into some old friends I haven't seen in over 20 years. A friend who marched along side me who yelled out "Sluggo" in the middle of a crazy, busy mezzanine at TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota.
We palled around, chatted, and caught up quickly, feeling like it hasn't been over 20 years since we last saw each other or marched next to one another.
After watching The Cavaliers horn-line warm up, and before settling into our respective seats for the rest of the evening, we were walking again in the stadium mezzanine and I saw a gentleman whom I've followed since I started marching.
Mr. Steve Vickers, who is an editor and publisher since 1973 (first as editor and then owner and
publisher since 1974) of Drum Corps World. Steve Vickers led Drum Corps World to be a
primary way of getting information disseminated throughout the drum
corps activity. Through Vickers' leadership, every drum corps show - no
matter how big or small - received coverage. It was truly an honor to chat with him for a brief moment, and for him to ask about my blog.
After I let him back roaming the mezzanine during the break, another familiar face came into view of whom I hadn't seen since my marching days.
Mr. Tim Salzman, who was our Brass Caption head, was running around and watching the different corps. So of course we just HAD to chat with Tim and catch up.
Unfortunately for this year, I wasn't as prepared as years past with a charged phone and/or camera as I had just flown in from London, England earlier in the day. As beautiful of a day it was, my heart was getting back to Chicago, then home to Minneapolis so I could watch as much of the drum corps contest I could.
I really wasn't too late, as this was the first regional show, not all corps were performing. Since I was running around with my friend, I didn't get the chance to see some of the early corps, but I was able to go to the Cavalier buses as they were pulling into the truck lot, chat with some familiar faces, and meet my Cavalier initiate who I had the honor of talking to before the season started. Even though it was a brief chat...as he had to get going for warm-up, it was nice to finally put a face to the name. (sadly, I didn't get a picture of us...but he did get a picture of us after the show)
I was able to watch Phantom Regiment, The Cavaliers, Carolina Crown, Santa Clara Vanguard, The Cadets, and the Blue Devils. Each show was just as unique as the other.
As I said before, I didn't get many pictures of the corps as my phone and camera both died, however I was able to get The Cavaliers on the starting line.
It was an awesome show, and wonderful time to see what the corps has been producing. Each young man that I chatted with from the corps, was so gracious that I took the time and talked with them. I was more than honored that a few of them even knew who I was and called me by my name. (I know I didn't know many alumni when I marched, so it truly was an honor when the current drum major said hi to me)
Sorry there isn't more detail about the shows, or the corps. I felt I just had to get something in writing and let everyone know I'm still alive and well!
Blue Devils are presented the DCI Founders Trophy at the 2014 World Championship Finals.
was made at the 2014 Drum Corps International World Championship Finals
on Saturday, as the Blue Devils scored a record-breaking 99.650,
shattering the previous high score (99.150, 2002 Cavaliers and 2005
Cadets) by half of a point.
For executive director David Gibbs, this year’s win is a testament to the tireless effort put in by both members and staff.
most important thing, is that these kids set out to perform and be the
best Blue Devils they can be,” said Gibbs. “They work hard all the time,
everyday, all day long. They were persistent, and they never gave up.”
addition to their record breaking high score and newly claimed World
Championship title, the corps from Concord also earned caption awards in
visual performance, general effect, brass and color guard. This is the
corps’ 16th title since 1976, also a record for the World Class corps.
all about continuing the legacy,” said drum major Kristen Lichtenthal
when asked what comes next for the newly crowned World Champion. “It’s
what we’ve done for years and what we hope to do in the future. We have
to take another step up from here.”
After finishing third in
Friday night’s Semifinals competition, the Bluecoats made a last minute
surge that gave them the edge to finish in second place over the Cadets
with a score of 97.175. That marks the highest placement and highest
score the Bluecoats have ever received.
“Sometimes you don’t get
the best run on Finals night. Sometimes you get it on Semis, or on
Prelims, or sometimes even none of those,” said drum major Willie
Veenstra. “But for your last performance to be your best performance,
just as you’re on your way out the door, you can’t ask for anything
better than that.”
The corps’ production, “Tilt,” is one that executive director David Glasgow says is at the top of the Bluecoats’ greatest.
the very first time that we started to see this show come to life we
thought that it had a lot of potential,” Glasgow said. “When we really
saw it start to come to life toward the end of spring training and
during the first couple shows of the summer, we had an idea that this
was definitely going to be the best thing we’ve ever done.”
Cadets fell in the standings overnight from second to third (96.875),
but are not discouraged. According to corps administrator Bruno Zuccala,
the staff is still incredibly impressed with what the corps members
have accomplished this season.
“This is my 47th year doing drum
corps and I have to say this, by far, had to be the most spectacular
performance I’ve ever seen any of my students perform. We’re all very,
very proud,” Zuccala said.
Santa Clara Vanguard
Santa Clara Vanguard finished fourth overall (96.075), the California
corps took home the Fred Sanford high percussion award with a score of
19.75 in the caption.
“To win a Fred Sanford award with [caption
head] Paul Rennick is amazing. He’s been at Vanguard for four years now,
and to be part of his legacy is incredible,” said front ensemble corps
member AJ Covey. “You always hope that it gets better every night, and
sometimes it does, but sometimes it doesn’t. I’d say we’ve hit our
This is the 10th high percussion award that Santa Clara
Vanguard has won, coincidentally with the most recent being in 2004 with
the corps’ first production of “Scheherazade.”
an “Out of This World” performance, Carolina Crown secured fifth place
with a score of 95.675. Last year’s World Class Champion may not have
taken home a victory tonight, but horn sergeant Kevin Leboeuf believes
the corps ended its season on a high note.
“This is a drum corps
that woke up every morning and faced the challenge of trying new
things,” said Leboeuf. “We had the responsibility to follow a
championship-winning year and move the activity forward. It didn’t
really come together until tonight, but it was an incredible way to end
The Cavaliers ended their season in sixth with a score of 93.675, one placement higher than they finished in 2013.
cruddy rehearsals or great performances like this, it’s always the
memories that will stick out the most,” said assistant drum major Nick
Hansberry. Performing for thousands of people feels wonderful, and I’m
glad I get to do it with the guys.”
the Finals competition, Phantom Regiment (7th, 91.425) jumped ahead of
the Blue Knights (8th, 91.150), a swap that Regiment music coordinator
Jeremy Earnhart says is the result of a last minute push from the corps.
“Like most groups for most seasons, you walk before you can run.
We walked a little longer, and these few weeks have been a sprint to
the finish line,” said Earnhart. “The energy level was off the charts
fantastic tonight, and I really feel like the members maxed out the
According to Blue Knights color guard member Sarah Anderson, the 2014 season was everything she had hoped.
season and our show has taught me to live in every single moment,
especially here this summer.” said Anderson. “I know I’ve got to do my
best in everything, even outside of drum corps. Never sell yourself
Stars finished ninth with a score of 89.600, jumping three placements
from last year’s 12th-place finish. Drum major Jacob Carpenter looks
forward to watching the corps build on this momentum.
ask for much more than a high energy performance where everyone’s trying
to get it right for the final time. When everyone’s putting in 100
percent, it really is a special feeling,” Carpenter said.
Crusaders earned 10th place with a score of 88.950 after delivering one
last provocative performance of their 2014 production, “Animal Farm.”
was a synergistic quality of both the heart and brain, making
everything fire on all cylinders. It was the culmination. This is where
they peaked for the season,” said corps director Andy Waldukat.
Madison Scouts took home 11th place with a score of 87.575 after
delivering their last performance of “Time Trip” for the crowd in Lucas
According to director Chris Komnick, the corps’
biggest takeaway this season has been learning to never let down all the
way to the Finals, even with hardships along the way.
something amazingly challenging in front of them,” said Komnick. “For us
it was a way of pushing demand in a new level among the corps, and they
responded very effectively for it.”
Crossmen (12th, 86.225) members relished their opportunity to perform as a finalist corps for the first time since 2012.
in 2012 we had a fairly young drum corps that somehow pushed into
Finals, and this year we did it again,” said fourth-year snare drummer
Brandon Fish ”There were tears going down our faces because we knew this
was our best run of the season. It was an incredible moment of
brotherhood and unity.”
Contributing to this report: Nelson Jimenez, Johnny
Gilbert, Robert Kaczanowski, Christina Mavroudis, Katy Nowak, Linda
& Sid Unser, Chris Weber
is a look at the scores awarded to the 12 corps competing at the 2014
Drum Corps International World Championship Finals, Saturday, Aug. 9.
are two judges for GE 1, GE 2, and Percussion, with scores from each of
those pairs of judges averaged together for the total caption score.
The scores of the two Effect captions are counted for full value, but
each of the scores of the three Visual captions (Visual Proficiency,
Visual Analysis and Color Guard) and three Music captions (Brass, Music
Analysis and Percussion) are first divided in half, with each of those
half scores added together for the Total Visual and Total Music scores.
Devils set a record high score at the Finals competition, despite their
score being a tenth behind tying a record during Friday's Semifinals.
Blue Devils' Finals score of 99.650 smashed the previous record by 0.50,
previously shared by the 2002 Cavaliers and the 2005 Cadets.
(1st, 99.650) once again took 1st in every caption except Percussion,
in which the corps placed 2nd by 0.15. The corps achieved perfect scores
in both General Effect captions, from all four GE judges, and also
received perfect scores in all three Visual captions; Visual
Proficiency, Visual Analysis and Color Guard, after receiving 19.90 in
each of those captions at the Semifinals. Brass received 19.80, Music
Analysis 19.90, and Percussion 19.60.
(2nd, 97.175) achieved their highest placement ever by taking 2nd in
both GE captions and Visual Analysis. Brass and Percussion each took
3rd, Visual Proficiency and Music Analysis 4th, and Color Guard 5th,
down from 3rd in Semifinals. The corps’ overall score was 0.30 over the
Cadets, the corps that had taken 2nd in both Prelims and Semifinals.
Semifinals, Bluecoats’ spread over Cadets in GE was only a tenth. In
Finals, the GE spread was 0.40, 0.10 more than the 0.30 total spread
between the two corps. Bluecoats’ deficit to the Cadets in the total of
all three Visual captions was 0.20, and the corps’ advantage in the
three Music captions (Brass, Music Analysis and Percussion) was 0.10.
Without GE, Bluecoats were 0.10 down to the Cadets. Add in the 0.40
advantage in GE, and the corps was 0.30 over the Cadets. Therefore, GE
made all the difference in earning Bluecoats members their first silver
The Cadets (3rd, 96.875) took 2nd in
Visual Proficiency, Color Guard and Music Analysis, 3rd in both GE
captions, and 4th in Visual Analysis, Brass and Percussion. The corps
was just a tenth over SCV in both total GE and total Music, so it was
the 0.60 advantage over SCV in total Visual that mostly put the corps
0.80 over SCV in the total score.
Santa Clara Vanguard
(4th, 96.075) won Percussion by 0.15 over the Blue Devils. The corps
finished 3rd in Visual Analysis and 4th in both GE captions. Visual
Proficiency, Brass and Music Analysis all finished 5th, and Color Guard
Carolina Crown (5th, 95.675) was
second in Brass by a tenth under the Blue Devils. Visual Proficiency,
Color Guard and Music Analysis placed 3rd. The corps took 5th in both GE
captions and Visual Analysis, and 7th in Percussion.
(6th, 93.675) took 5th in Percussion, 6th in GE 1, Visual Proficiency,
Visual Analysis, Brass and Music Analysis, and 7th in GE 2 and Color
Phantom Regiment (7th, 91.425) was 7th in
GE 1, Visual Proficiency, Visual Analysis and Brass, 8th in GE 2 and
Music Analysis, and 9th in Color Guard and Percussion.
passed up Blue Knights by closing a 0.75 deficit in Total GE during the
Semifinals to just 0.10 in the Finals. They also opened a 0.20 advantage
in Total Visual during the Semifinals to 0.65 in the Finals. The corps’
0.275 advantage in Total Music during the Semifinals was cancelled out
by Blue Knights’ exact same advantage in the Finals.
(8th, 91.150) was 6th in GE 2 and Percussion, 7th in Music Analysis,
8th in GE 1 and Brass, 9th in Visual Analysis, and 10th in Visual
Proficiency and Color Guard.
Blue Stars (9th,
89.600) soared to 4th in Color Guard after placing 6th in that caption
in Semifinals and 8th in Prelims. Percussion finished in 8th, GE 2,
Visual Proficiency and Music Analysis in 9th, GE 1 and Visual Analysis
10th, and Brass 11th.
Boston Crusaders (10th,
88.950) was 8th in all three Visual captions (Visual Proficiency, Visual
Analysis and Color Guard), 9th in GE 1, 10th in Brass and Percussion,
and 11th in GE 2 and Music Analysis.
(11th, 87.575) was 9th in Brass, 10th in GE 2 and Brass, 11th in GE 1,
Visual Proficiency and Percussion, and 12th in Visual Analysis and Color
Crossmen (12th, 86.225) was 11th in Visual Analysis and Color Guard and 12th in all six other captions.