In 1993, my second year marching with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps, we took part in a project which involved multiple members of Drum Corps International and recorded a track for Ornaments in Brass. Ornaments in Brass was an album of (mostly) Christmas songs recorded by various drum corps during the 1993 summer tour and released during the holiday season. Our contribution was an original arrangement of God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen, and was the third track on the album.
We were very proud of our performance because it involved the full hornline and drumline and was an original arrangement, as opposed to a single section of the corps or even a small ensemble performing or using an existing musical arrangement. Personally, I just like being able to say that I’m on a Christmas album.
Fifteen years later, DCI re-released the tracks from Ornaments in Brass along with selections from various on-field performances that were holiday related as a new CD called Silver Bells. Those tracks are still available on Amazon as MP3 downloads, which you can find here. If you’re hankering for Phantom Regiment’s horn line ripping your face off with their rendition of Amazing Grace, there’s your chance.