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The drum corps season is a crescendo that ends in a truly magnificent display of talent and skill each August. It's DCI Finals Week, and Keith Kelly turns his gaze to Lucas Oil Stadium to explore the season-ending events of each DCI Summer Tour.Special guests include: Santa Clara Vanguard brass caption head Nark Nichols, Bluecoats drum major Peyton…
 
In Episode 6 of Finding Drum Corps, Keith explores the drum corps activity as it exists outside of the United States and how ensembles around the world are inspired by DCI and its corps. Special guests include: Chair of Marching & Performing Arts UK Alan Thompson, Inbhear Mór Performance Ensemble director Oisiin Molloy, Brazilian band director Lean…
 
In Episode 5, Keith Kelly explores the competitive aspects of Drum Corps International from both the perspective of judges and of fans.Special guests include: DCI judge administrator John Phillips, Santa Clara Vanguard brass caption head Marc Nichols, Bluecoats alum John Weldy, Marching Arts Education podcaster Tim Hinton, DCI CEO Dan Acheson, and …
 
After months of preparation practice and planning, it’s time to take the show on the road! In Episode 4, Keith looks at what it takes to put a drum corps on the road and what that experience is like for performing corps members who travel thousands of miles across the country on their annual summer tour.Special guests include: DCI senior director o…
 
What is it about the drum corps experience that drives young people around the world to dedicate their lives to a moment, that while fleeting, will endure in memories for years to come? In Episode 3, Keith looks at what makes a great performer or performance.Special guests include: Marching Arts Education podcaster Tim Hinton, Crossmen drum major L…
 
In Episode 2, Keith has an eye on the past to better understand the future, tracing the history of the drum corps activity from before the founding of Drum Corps International through changes and developments that have shaped the way we experience marching music performances today.Special guests include: DCI CEO Dan Acheson, DCI Hall of Fame member…
 
Keith Kelly takes the reins of the Field Pass in his special edition series, “Finding Drum Corps.” In Episode 1, Keith talks through his introduction to the drum corps activity and learns more about the drum corps origin stories of a bevy of special guests including: Mark Nichols, Oisin Molloy, John DeNovi, David Glasgow, Dan Acheson, John Meehan a…
 
It’s been an unusual season for a couple of Open Class powerhouses. Blue Devils B and Vanguard Cadets have both stayed in California and their seasons are already over. You might think the members and staff would be disappointed by that, but you’d be wrong. Dan Potter talks with directors Efrain Hinojosa of Blue Devils B and Rob Shetland of Vanguar…
 
Sacramento, California's Mandarins have picked up where they left off in 2018 — and then some — fresh off of an inaugural trip to the DCI World Championship Finals. In the latest Field Pass Podcast, Dan Potter caught up with Mandarins creative director Mario Ramirez and second-year mellophone player Catie Burtch about the corps' progress and its 20…
 
The 2019 Drum Corps International Tour steps off in a matter of days. Before you head to Ford Field in Detroit, or one of hundreds of movie theaters nationwide to watch the premiere, take a look behind the curtain at what last year's Top 12 World Class corps are putting on the field this year with DCI's Dan Potter and DCI artistic director Lee Carl…
 
It’s a season of change for the seven-time World Champion Cavaliers, and the executive director position is no exception. As the corps gets set to begin its 2019 campaign, find out what is drawing Monte Mast to the Rosemont corps, just weeks after his retirement from a more than 30-year career as a music educator and administrator.…
 
The Cavaliers' 2018 show, "On Madness and Creativity," was inspired by the stories of composer Maurice Ravel and painter Anne Adams, both of whom were thought to suffer with the degenerative brain disease progressive aphasia. One of the early symptoms of the disease is a flood of creativity. In this Field Pass podcast, Dan Potter finds out how one …
 
Tonight will be the 15th "Big, Loud and Live" cinema broadcast of the DCI World Championship Prelims. 15 years is impressive. But, it's just a fraction of the total time that DCI Hall of Fame member Steve Rondinaro has been broadcasting drum corps. Tonight marks Rondinaro’s 40th broadcast as the main host of a DCI World Championships, first on PBS,…
 
Santa Clara Vanguard is currently enjoying its most successful season in almost two decades. The California corps looks to have a competitive edge heading into the final week of the season and could be on track to claim its first World Championship title since 1999. Some of the credit for the corps' return to the top of DCI's World Class goes to se…
 
A funny thing happened to the Field Pass when it went in search of barbacoa and breakfast tacos on Sunday after the DCI Southwestern Championship in San Antonio. We ran into The Cadets doing their laundry. And, we were reminded for the first time since we marched in a drum corps, laundry sucks. We also re-discovered the one joy of laundry day, the …
 
Two of the reasons why 2018 has quickly become one of the most memorable drum corps seasons ever are Megan Hutera and Olivia Hayter. Megan is the flugelhorn soloist for the Madison Scouts and is the traditionally all-male corps' first, full-fledged, female member. Olivia is the remarkable vocal soloist belting out tunes by Joni Mitchell and Billie …
 
After jumping from a 12th-place finish at the DCI World Championship Finals in 2016 to sixth place in 2017, a lot of drum corps fans are closely watching the Boston Crusaders this summer to see if they can continue their climb. Dan Potter visited the Crusaders as they prepared for the DCI Tour Premiere in Detroit to find out about this year's corps…
 
This past Saturday, spring training for the entire 2018 Drum Corps International tour came to parade rest as the community paused to consider the topic of mutual care and respect. This week's Field Pass with Dan Potter gives us backstage access to the event, which was webcast live from Bluecoats' spring training at Indiana Wesleyan University. Then…
 
In the Arizona desert, a new creative hand is guiding The Academy into the 2018 Drum Corps International season. Lindsey Vento, well known in the marching band and winter guard worlds for her contagious energy and groundbreaking show designs, is the corps’ new artistic director. The interview is one in a new series of profiles highlighting the lead…
 
The #MeToo movement has affected businesses and organizations of all sorts around the world, and Drum Corps International is no exception. In today’s Field Pass podcast, Dan Potter talks with DCI board member Kathy Black on the efforts of the Women in DCI committee and Carolina Crown drum major Elayna Youngson on her recently-published essay addres…
 
This summer marks a changing of the guard for Drum Corps International. This will be with first season with Lee Carlson as DCI's Artistic Director. In this month's Field Pass, Dan Potter helps us get to know Lee in a pair of in-depth interviews exploring how he'll approach the job and his vision of the future of drum corps.…
 
It was the hot topic of January's Drum Corps International Annual Meeting: A rules change proposal that would have put limits on the amplification of horn lines. While the rules change itself was voted down, the discussion it sparked will echo in stadiums for years to come. Dan Potter "amplifies" some of what was said by the activity's top director…
 
It's one of the biggest lightning rods for criticism of drum corps in the last 10 years. It's the elephant on the front sidelines that few people discuss in-depth unless they’re complaining about what they don't like: Amplification. In today's Field Pass, Dan Potter takes a look at how the Blue Devils are making the most of electronics and amplific…
 
Drum Corps International’s 2017 Open Class tour is underway and if you miss these OC corps this summer, you're missing some of the most energetic and entertaining ensembles on the planet. Dan Potter sets the stage for the final run toward the Open Class World Championships and chats with a few of this year's iconic World Class performers from The C…
 
The thermostat gets turned up on the DCI Summer Tour this week as corps invade the baked earth of the Lone Star State. Texas is known for its weather extremes and, as we hear in today's Field Pass, more than ever before DCI is ready for whatever the forces of nature throw at us. Dan Potter talks with Dr. Kevin Kloesel, meteorologist at the Universi…
 
Formed in 1967, Santa Clara Vanguard is celebrating its golden anniversary this summer, and the corps is definitely in pursuit of gold on the road to Indy, topping last year's champs the Bluecoats for the first time in three years at DCI Minnesota. But, success rarely comes without controversy. Dan Potter looks at the debates Vanguard's show, "Ouro…
 
Phantom Regiment's members and staff are recovering from the shock of a tragic accident involving the corps' volunteer bus. In this Field Pass episode, Dan Potter and Phantom program director Dan Farrell highlight the flood of support that has enveloped the corps in the days since, especially the extraordinary love shown by its World Class colleagu…
 
The Cavaliers' 2017 production "Men Are From Mars" blends serious contemplation of the state of the male gender with a lot of testosterone-tinged, self-deprecating humor. It also blends the Cavaliers' past with its future. Dan Potter talks about this year's show with the corps’ director of programs Joe Roach, horn sergeant Hunter Dorman and artisti…
 
The 2017 Blue Stars hit the field at Lucas Oil Stadium with their show "Star-Crossed" last week with a brass line that is surprising even long time Blue Stars fans. Dan Potter visited the corps in rehearsal the day of the DCI Tour Premiere and met three of the people working very hard to make this year's Blue Stars the best yet.…
 
A new drum corps journey is about to begin! The 2017 Drum Corps International Tour steps off just days from now, and Dan Potter is back with his yearly preseason preview chat with DCI Artistic Director Michael Cesario, who says he's never been as excited as he is this year about the shows the corps are getting ready to field.…
 
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