And so we come to the end, my friends. Once again, the Reading Buccaneers win the Open Class title, and deservedly so, while Carolina Gold pulls off an upset in Class A. Now it’s back to scanning Twitter and Facebook for videos and waiting for marching band season to start.
It’s Sunday morning, so we all go to the Church of Drum Corps for the Alumni Spectacular. It’s always great to take in “old school” drum corps performances, and all of the performing units brought their A game. The only down side to this show was that the sun came out. While that normally wouldn’t be a problem, the sun managed to take a cool and cloudy weekend and convert it into a steam bath almost as soon as it showed up. Still, live outdoor drum corps is worth the sacrifice.
And so the final weekend of the 2018 North America drum corps season begins. While I was not in the press box for any of the shows in Williamsport, DCA did give myself and fellow Drum Corps World journalist William Aldrich-Thorpe seats in the center section right in front of the press box to ensure we had a great view to report from. With 19 corps to review as well as cover live, I was pretty busy with just this show alone!
This was a strange one for me. For the first time since DCP started doing LIVE! From the Stands coverage of DCI Championships, I was actually covering the show FROM the stands. DCI and/or Lucas Oil Stadium determined that the press box was off limits due to “security reasons”. Regardless, I managed to cover the show, albeit from a very unique angle.
This was the third show in the first week of the 2018 drum corps season which I enjoyed. It was also an abnormal show for me as Mason is over 3 hours from home and the show was on a Monday night, but it was my last chance at live drum corps until the last two weeks of the season. My trip also made sure that this show got reviewed in Drum Corps World, so the drive and lack of sleep was definitely worth it.
The Innovations in Brass show in Akron, Ohio, was my first live drum corps experience of the 2018 season, both as a spectator and as a performer with Rhythm In BLUE. This led to some interesting logistical issues when it came time for my live coverage, but I was able to make it work, as you will see below.
I also provided LIVE! From the Stands commentary about the show in the Drum Corps Planet forums. You can check out my comments and discussions with fellow fans for a more as-it-happened perspective of the performances
Finally, you can view photos I took of the performing corps on my SmugMug account.