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I was planning on posting early this morning, but I slept in until 10:30!!!!! That is crazy! We got back late from the drum corps show in Allentown around 1 am and by the time we got to sleep it was probably 2 am. Thank goodness I did my long run yesterday!



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So last night, I went with the other marching band instructors to a drum and bugle corps competition and took a charter bus to Allentown, PA with some of our high school band students that signed up for the trip.Β  I know that probably none of you will understand any of this or have heard of drum corps, but it was a huge part of musical life for many years.

Although hard to explain… here is an “about” video you could watch to get an idea… Drum Corps or DCI (short for drum and bugle corps) is a group of about 150 members made of percussion, brass and color guard that tour the country all summer long with an 11 minute show.Β  This is basically the highest level “marching band” like activity that you can audition to be a part of that is an extremely demanding physical activity. Members must be 21 and under (usually college age) and audition from all over the world.Β  There are different corps that you could think of as sports teams, where everyone follows their favorites.

I had a math teacher in high school when I was just a sophomore that introduced me to drum corps and is to this day one of my best friends πŸ™‚ I had no idea what it was all about, but played trumpet very well for a high school student and ended up spending three summers devoting my time to this activity.Β  I actually started running when I was in high school before going “on tour” with my drum corps when I was 17 (I was very young!) to get in shape for the summer.Β  To show you how athletic you must be to perform, here is a video to explain…

Anyways, if you care… here are a few favorites that you could watch to get more of an idea of what a show looks like:

(fast forward to about 2:30 and watch the crazy “drill” or movements of the brass players in this show)

No, not quite like the movie “Drumline” Cherie. This is much better πŸ™‚

Some pics from our rainy night…

The corps I marched with for two summers… watching them warm up before the show.

My friend Andrea drove from Erie (6+ hour drive) to make a spur of the moment trip to see the show! I was so happy to see her πŸ™‚

My drum corps buddy Kim that teaches marching band with me at our district πŸ™‚

Colby’s first show and I think he really enjoyed it… minus the rain!!

So give me feedback… do you think I’m a total music nerd now? Did you watch any of the videos? Maybe you’re impressed to hear about this strange sub-culture you never knew about and how music and athletics can go together?!


Posted on August 7, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. One of my fraternity brothers used to twirl for the Buccaneers. She talked about drum corp constantly and how much she loved it. It’s a really interesting sport!

  2. just came across your blog πŸ™‚ so fun! You’re so NOT a music nerd ha- be proud of it girl ! i loved the videos! xo

  3. Wow, those kids are crazy! I like the 2nd video when they were doing that “drill”. How do they do that?! They look like they’re gonna run into each other! I’m sure that takes a ton of skill!!

    • Haha I know! That is one of my favorite shows because of how crazy it looks! Each member memorizes coordinates on the field (over 100 for each member to memorize over the course of the show) that create those pictures that you see!

  4. Haha, okay, so it’s not exactly like “Drum Line” but it’s still good! πŸ™‚ I’ve never seen dancers perform around them like that! This looks like it would take FOREVER to choreograph!!

  5. I think drum corps sounds incredibly cool – not nerdy at all!! I remember watching movies with drum teams in them, and wanting to be a part of it.

  6. Great post Holly! I wish that I could have been there! (Allentown is only an hour and a half from my place back home). I remember seeing this video a while back before “becoming a runner”. I never really appreciated the science behind it until knowing how I feel on mile 8 of my runs – and that is what they are doing the whole time – craziness! I would LOVE to see this study done for one of the guard members – they are crazy fit and so athletic…and I’ll forgive you for not highlighting Santa Clara Vanguard in this blog…this time… : )

  7. baldguyrunning

    I LOVE music and athletics. I’m a drummer (jazz band throughout junior high and high school–and my own projects) and every time we performed (either in school or in venues) it was such a huge workout! In Canada we don’t have drum corp or marching band, but I can appreciate how physically demanding it can be.

    When I run, I listen to music, and then I do geeky things. Easy runs I say “Ok, 8th notes” and I follow the rhythm, then on tempos I say “Ok, 16th notes” or if I feel adventurous “32nd notes”. But basically i take the musical training I have as a drummer with me on the running trail! Seriously great post!!!!!!

    • Thanks!! Yeah, I wish there were corps in Canada but most are from the U.S. They do have members from all over the world… the one year I marched we had three people from Japan!! I can’t imagine how much $ they spent on flights that year! I definitely pick music based on tempo for runs!

  8. Haha! Nothing wrong with being a music nerd! Not many people expect someone who is into music to be such an athletic person – so I like that you embrace both sub-cultures! I actually did watch them…very cool!

  9. So crazy! I never knew you were a music teacher. I was a HS Band Director for several years! I have quite the competitive marching band background, wrote some field shows myself for my own students, and grew up in the drum corps scene! πŸ™‚ Loved this post!

  10. Haha TOTAL music nerd! I’m at work right now so I can’t watch the vids (and shouldn’t even be reading this…shh….) but definitely want to catch them when I get home – and despite what you say, I am still expecting it to be like drumline! πŸ˜‰

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