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On the Shoulders of a Giant

On the Shoulders of a Giant

A Tribute to Ralph Randall Pace   By Joe Marrella We remember vividly those in our beloved drum corps activity who share their unique talent, dedication, creativity, and life philosophy, toward catapulting the activity and its performers to greater heights. Their...

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Why the Ticks Stopped

Why the Ticks Stopped

The Ever-Changing Face of "Excellence" by George Oliviero "Have We Abandoned Excellence?" was a question asked of American society and workers, in general, more than ten years ago, in an essay by  Lance Morrow in Time magazine. The question is still relevant in...

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Beginnings

Beginnings

by Jack Weir The result was the same for all of us. The circumstances leading up to it differed in many cases but the effect never varied. We were stricken by the "Drum Corps Virus," i.e. chills, goose bumps, and an insatiable thirst to be a part of the group.  ...

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The March on Massachusetts – Chapter 1

The March on Massachusetts – Chapter 1

The following is an excerpt from "The March on Massachusetts," a history of Massachusetts Drum Corps from the mid 1920s to the present. It will be available in early ’97. In the Beginning There Was a King *In the beginning, there was a king and this king ruled over a...

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Al Saia – World Drum Corps Hall of Famer

Al Saia – World Drum Corps Hall of Famer

On Saturday evening, August 31, 1996, Mr. Al Saia was inducted into The World Drum Corps Hall of Fame, founded in 1976. This is a most prestigious honor, as Al joins fellow New England corpsmen Scotty Chapell, Dom Bianculli, Earl Sturtze, Vinnie Ratford, Pepe Notaro,...

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Gerry Shellmer – Unplugged!

Gerry Shellmer – Unplugged!

Gerry wasn't like the other drummers and instructors. Hell, he wasn't like anyone you ever met before, a unique, creative, intense and driven genius. He now resides in Wilmington, Delaware and his current passion is sailing. He screams at the waves, the seagulls, the...

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The National Contenders

The National Contenders

However checkered its history in winning championships may be, Massachusetts has traditionally featured many national contenders. From the late 1950s to the mid 1980s, this state had a formidable national presence that resulted in intense - often bitter - local...

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A Rift in the 27th Lancers?

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...

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I’m Bored – Aren’t you?

I’m Bored – Aren’t you?

By Gerry Shellmer In my opinion, listening to a drum corps percussion section is as musically boring as a politician's campaign speech. Imagine how interesting and musically rewarding a drum corps contest would be if the instrumentation were not limited to mere drums...

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