A Finale for DCI Finals

It’s that time of year again!

Drum Corps Inter­na­tion­al has held its Finals and its sea­son is over. This year the Cadets of Bergen Coun­ty New Jer­sey took first place. Please click here if you would like 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.

Radio Riel pro­duces this pro­gram in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gram now at http://main.radioriel.org. Today’s music orig­i­nates from the music library of Gabrielle Riel.

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