Marching Bands: Drum Corps International (DCI)

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PART 1 and 2: What I know and what I want to know? If standing in the sun for 12 hours, playing music, and sweating until nothing is left in your body seems enjoyable than DCI is your calling. My passion is music, but after high school there is nothing really left to do unless I were to make one of the top groups I am going to mention in this paper. Marching season is the most enjoyable activity any music lover could participate in; DCI is basically a professional marching band. People from the ages of 14 to 22 use the structure of your average high school marching band, perfect it and take it to the next level. Musicians from all over the country go to the different states to audition for the chance to make a corp of their choice. What…show more content…
What I would like to know is when the drum corp started. So far I have gathered that: Drum Corps International or DCI emerged from an exceptionally American activity that had its beginnings after World War I. Veterans formed corps to perform in parades as they celebrated patriotism. Many of these units, playing traditional no-valve bugles and rudimentary drums, were attached to the VFW, American Legion, Catholic Youth Organizations, and Police Athletic Leagues. The groups soon developed into legitimate musical units, and in the '60s became more and more competitive. Through the '60s and '70s, corps evolved from quasi-military and urban groups to show biz and suburban performers. They began to integrate jazz, classical, pop, and Broadway music and dance. Instrumentation evolved to include a wide range of bell-front, rotor, and multi-valve brass horns and more refined drums and percussion instruments, including keyboards. As the activity grew, so did the need to organize and unify leadership. In the winter of 1971, Drum Corps International was formed. The organization establishes the rules and regulations for the

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