At least once a year, I like to take a drum corps road trip. At the very least, I make it out to Rochester, New York, for each year’s DCA championships. This year, as my wife was out of town for the weekend, I decided to make the trek to Grand Rapids, Michigan, site of the 2011 DCI Western Michigan premiere tour event. The drive gave me an excuse to blast drum corps out my car window, but, being the boring geek I am, I listened to podcasts for most of the drive. Continue reading “2011 DCI Western Michigan Review”
Medina is holding their fireworks show tomorrow night, but the fireworks continue on the 4th as the Medina Community Band holds a special Independence Day edition of their Summer Concerts on the Square series. The concert, as with all MCB Square concerts, is free to the public and starts at 8:30 PM. You bring the lawn chair or beach towel to sit on, we’ll bring the Sousa marches!
I will be in Dublin, Ohio, next week, covering my first live show for Drum Corps Planet and Drum Corps World as the 2011 Emerald City Music Games will at the Dublin-Jerome High School stadium. The show starts at 7PM and features the following corps, listed in reverse order of performance:
- The Cavaliers – Rosemont, IL
- Blue Stars – La Crosse, WI
- Glassmen – Toledo, OH
- Colts – Dubuque, IA
- Troopers – Casper, WY
- Pioneer – Milwaukee, WI
- Blue Saints – Sudbury, ON
- Cincinnati Tradition – Cincinnati, OH Continue reading “2011 Emerald City Music Games Next Week”
I almost didn’t get my first live drum corps fix on Thursday night. The weather had been schizophrenic all day, alternating between significant rainfall and sunny skies. The weather report for Pittsburgh was not promising, either, as the radar showed possible storms hitting Baldwin High School’s Highlander Stadium at some point during the night’s performances. Fortunately, while there was a minor sprinkle during intermission, the show went off without a hitch, and the five corps were able to perform their full shows. Two of those corps, the Glassmen and the Boston Crusaders, were making their 2011 competitive debut at this show, so it was a great chance for me to get a first read on both of their shows, especially since I would see Glassmen again on Saturday at the DCI Western Michigan major show. I also had the opportunity to view the Crossmen, Spirit of Atlanta, and Bluecoats at this show. Continue reading “2011 Three Rivers Summer Music Games Review”
Medina may be holding it’s Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza on the day before Independence Day, but the fireworks continue with the Medina Community Band’s Summer Concert on the Square, which begins at 8:30 PM on the 4th. This concert is normally on Friday night so don’t go to the square the night of the 1st as we will not be there. Actually, DO go to the square on the 1st and support the great businesses in Medina which make it possible to have these concerts and all the other great activities which take place in the square throughout the year. As always, Medina Community Band concerts are free. Just bring your own lawn chair and/or beach towel to sit on and enjoy the show. If you plan on attending, you can RSVP on the concert’s Facebook event page here.
This Friday, I will once again be performing with the
Medina Community Band in their 2011 edition of the Summer Concerts on the Square. It’s free, it’s outdoors, and I’m in it, so why wouldn’t you come and enjoy?
If you are going to attend the Three Rivers Summer Music Games drum corps show this Thursday, be sure to find me and say hello. I’ll be in my Glassmen polo short and would love to meet you.
I am attending the show as a fan, so I won’t be posting my Live From the Stands updates, but I will post my thoughts on each corps’ performance on Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to follow me on both sites of you don’t already.
I’ll also write a review of the show on this blog and post it to the Drum Corps Planet review forums as soon as possible. Note that I may not be able to do so until Saturday.
Tonight will be the second 2011 Summer Concert on the Square for the Medina Community Band. The weather is clear and temperature just right, so come on over to Medina’s Uptown Public Square and enjoy a night a free music. The concert starts at 8:30 and lasts for about an hour. You can also come early and/or stay late to check out the Rally in the Alley and 3rd Stone, a Jimi Hendrix tribute band, followed by Wounded Hand, a Stone Temple Pilots tribute band.
Can’t make it out tonight? Not to worry as the community band has concerts every Friday night in June and July. Next week’s concert also starts at 8:30. If you’re interested in attending, be sure to RSVP on the concert’s Facebook event page.
Next week, I’ll get my first taste of live, in my face, outdoor drum corps as I’ll be traveling to Pittsburgh to take in the Three Rivers Summer Music Games. The show begins at 7PM and features five World Class DCI corps:
- Bluecoats – Canton, OH
- Boston Crusaders – Boston, MA
- Glassmen – Toledo, OH
- Spirit of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA
- Crossmen – San Antonio, TX Continue reading “2011 Three Rivers Summer Music Games”
Just a reminder that, if you’re still looking for some entertainment on Friday evening, grab a lawn chair and/or beach towel and come out to Medina’s Uptown Park Square at 8:30 and enjoy a night of great music from the Medina Community Band. You can find more information about the concert, including the playlist, and RSVP on the event’s Facebook page.