From the Library: Marching Mania!

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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