Masters of the Marching Arts

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This Quarter’s Featured Articles

How Drum Corps Is Judged Today

How Drum Corps Is Judged Today

by George Oliviero

“In second place with a score of…………….” We’ve all heard those words in one context or another. For drum corps fans, the announcement of the scores is the moment to hold one’s breath and to cross one’s fingers, hoping that…

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My Homage to Bobby Locke

My Homage to Bobby Locke

I’m sure that most MMA readers know that Bob Locke, who marched in the Charlestown Majestic Knights, Somerville Annunciators, and 27th Lancers passed away last year. He is survived by his wife Roberta; his children Robert, Thomas, Aimee, Renee, and Janeen; his brother...

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Ask the Arranger

Ask the Arranger

THE QUESTION: Dear Mr. Kerchner, I’m a lifelong drum corps fan and feel I have been very patient through the years with all the changes DCI has made but enough is enough. I saw the quarter finals in 2019 at the movie theatre and was astounded first by the costuming,...

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I Remember

I Remember

I made another trip around the sun last week. It started me thinking about corps memories from nearly six decades ago. I remember the night my best friend and I tried out for the color guard, but I don't remember anyone else who tried out that night. There were nearly...

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Remembering Chick Corea

Remembering Chick Corea

Chick joined the St. Rose Scarlet Lancers in the Fall of 1956, and left to take a job with his father and uncle at a dance club in Hyannis during the mid-1959 season. He marched the entire 1957 class B season, 1958 class A season, and part of the 1959 season. Two...

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Once Upon a Time… (A Preface)

Once Upon a Time… (A Preface)

It was a simpler time in New York City. Corps directors had jobs in the real world. Instructors had no assistants— they taught what they created. Corps members were from the neighborhood, and “outsiders” were from a relatively short subway stop or bus ride away.

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Let’s Get Ready

Let’s Get Ready

Calling all drum corps members: drummers, guard members, and horn players alike. If you have been out of practice, it is high time to get back in shape! This season is going to materialize before you know it and you had better be ready. The first few times out on the...

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Letters to Aunt Mildred

by Rick Connor
Many years ago, I became friendly with a lady at Mission Drums whose name was Mildred. She was at the show with her two sisters, Phoebe and Henrietta and her brother, Phineas. I found Mildred to be an astute drum corps fan who …
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Who Were Your Favorites?

Dear Aunt Mildred, I’ve missed you and your family, except for Uncle Phineas. He’s a bore. It’s great to have MMA back and I wish you lots of luck with your new web site. I think it’s going to be great. My questions are how have been dealing with the pandemic and who...

The Story of Aunt Mildred

Many years ago I became friendly with a lady at Mission Drums whose name was Mildred. She was at the show with her two sisters, Phoebe and Henrietta and her brother, Phineas. I found Mildred to be an astute drum corps fan who fell in love with the Princemen and their...

The Check’s in the Mail

Hi Aunt Millie, I love reading your different letters in this fine magazine. I do have one complaint though. Your editor, Rick Connor, sent this message to me with his latest issue, "Send your check or I'll kill you." Could you please tell Rick his tactics are a...

Was Jim Wedge Kidding Me?

Dear Aunt Mildred:  When I first met Jim Wedge he only drank milk and coffee. Now he drinks beer. I just don't know when he's kidding me now. He claims that the Alumni Corps of Revere has an age limit of 90. I know that seems pretty old, but I was at the show in...

Why Did Everyone Call Him Scotty?

Dear Aunt Mildred: I just got one question for you. A lot of people seem to think you have all the answers.The jury's still out in my book and I don't refer to the O.J. trial. I've been in drum corps for fifty or sixty years and everyone's always talking about this...

A Rift in the 27th Lancers?

Dear Aunt Mildred, You're probably wondering why I sent this letter to you care of Masters of the Marching Arts. I happen to be a personal friend of your nephew, R.C., and he gave me the inside track on this new gig of yours and told me that you don't get paid if...

Why Did the Cambridge Caballeros Break Up?

Dear Aunt Mildred, My favorite corps was the Cambridge Caballeros and it seems that they broke up when they were at their peak. Why? Also, they had a short tenor drummer, who really looked old, and a chaperone who both had the same name, but with the drummer it was...

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