From the Library: Marching Mania!

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by Gabrielle Riel on Thursday, 19 August, 2010

It’s that time of year again! Drum Corps International has held its Finals and its season is over.  For the second year in the row, the Blue Devils of Concord, California took first place.  Please click here if you would like to read about all of the details from DCI Finals this year.  If you are not familiar with the North American tradition of Drum Corps, please refer to this post that I wrote a few years ago for a definition.

Now that the DCI season has concluded, High School and College Marching Bands are all off at Band Camp, learning new shows, new drill, new music and new routines.  I (Gabrielle) always think about all of you out there roasting on football fields or asphalt at this time of 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.

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

For more information on the Alexandrian Free Library, current exhibits and the work of Consortium members in general, please visit the Alexandrian Free Library website, or one of their branches in-world.

Note: Here is the 1990 Western Michigan University Bronco Marching Band — Pregame Show. There is a line of 10, white-shirted figures spinning rifles in front of the band, almost on the sideline.  The second one from the right is a 21 year old college senior who had just returned from a semester in France, and who would grow up to become Gabrielle Riel.  😉

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