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The Scarecrow Chronicles

The Scarecrow Chronicles

Mars Free State, October 12, 2067 On a recent trip to Mars, I dropped in on Jim Wedge. We spoke at Wedge’s suite in the Emperor Bezos Home for Cranky Earthlings. "Gee, Hymie" said Wedge, as he sipped a Red Planet Lite, "You didn't have to drag your ass to Mars. You...

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Uncle Phineas Comments on DCI

Uncle Phineas Comments on DCI

Dear Aunt Mildred,

Some people seem unhappy about some of the changes in drum corps over the years. I love all the changes. I see them as major improvements, with better instruments, better performances, and more interesting programs.

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2021 Drum Corps East Review

2021 Drum Corps East Review

Allentown – August 7, 2021 Drum corps fans packed the stands at Birney Crum Stadium Saturday night under perfect weather. The wide range of age of those in attendance showed that drum corps is alive and well and sought after by fans of all ages. We drove a six hour...

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The Greatest

The Greatest

Should there be competition among the Arts? Easy decisions are made on the football field, baseball diamond or at the track meet tape. Whoever is fastest or scores more points wins. With Art, subjective minds decide what/who is best – usually for the rest of us. Is...

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Random Thoughts Inspired by an Old Photo

Random Thoughts Inspired by an Old Photo

The picture with this article is from my mother’s 1948 high school yearbook. The resolution is poor, but one can see that the corps uniforms resembled those of Salvation Army ladies and that the girls wore sensible shoes. I don’t know whether they were a competitive...

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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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Uncle Phineas Comments on DCI

Dear Aunt Mildred,

Some people seem unhappy about some of the changes in drum corps over the years. I love all the changes. I see them as major improvements, with better instruments, better performances, and more interesting programs.

Quelling Covid

Dear Aunt Mildred, As I sit here checking my social calendar, I feel like a homely girl (person – does that make it more p.c.?), sitting at home by the telephone on a Saturday night. My older brother’s birthday was on February 2nd so I checked in with him and asked,...

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...

A Letter from Orlando

Dear Aunt Mildred: Here I am, waiting for my plane at Orlando International Airport. I've just finished watching three days of the Drum Corps International Championships. Editor Rick, you may know, asked me to do coverage of DCI for Masters of the Marching Arts. Wow!!...

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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