It’s that time of year again and Radio Riel’s 9th Annual Marching Monday! Drum Corps International has held its Finals and its season is over. For the first time in their 44-year history, the Bluecoats from Canton, Ohio won the world championship title. Please click here to read about all of the details from DCI Finals this year.
In honor of the transition from the DCI season to the Fall Marching Season, today’s program on Radio Riel features the music of marching! You will hear orchestral performances of classic American marches, British marches, Scottish marches, as well as recordings from Drum Corps performing at DCI Finals in years past, college marching bands and military bands.
Here is a definition of what a “drum corps” is in the modern, North American sense of the term, as noted by Wikipedia:
“A drum and bugle corps or drum corps is a musical marching unit (similar to a marching band) consisting of brass instruments, percussion instruments, and color guard. The activity originated in the United States and Canada, but has spread to parts of Europe and Asia. Typically operating as independent non-profit organizations, drum corps perform on-field competitions, parades, festivals and other civic functions. The prime age for participation is 14–22, but the activity extends throughout age groups younger and older.
Competitive corps participate in summer touring circuits. Competitions occur on football fields and are judged based upon general effect, visual performance, and musical performance. Every year, each drum corps prepares a single new show, approximately 8–12 minutes in length, and carefully refines this throughout the entire summer tour. This focus on a singular show takes advantage of the large amount of time needed to hone and refine a modern drum corps program, with a momentum that continues to build up toward the last performance of the season.
Musical repertoires can vary widely among various groups, including symphonic, jazz, big band, contemporary, rock, wind band, vocal, Broadway, Latin music and many other genres. Highly competitive corps regularly dedicate 8–10 weeks on tour, practicing and performing their program full-time. Less competitive corps have less demanding schedules, allowing members to participate and still have a little free time outside drum corps. Some corps are not competitive at all, serving as education for youths, as alumni corps for adults, or for other traditional civic functions.”
To learn more about competitive, North American drum corps, check out the Drum Corps International website.
Today’s program is presented by Gabrielle Riel. If you are in the United States, please click here to launch the Stream Licensing player. To listen from outside of the United States, click here to start your player .