Imagine yourself sitting in the stands at your local stadium, tapping your feet to your favourite tunes and watching one of the most artistic musical programmes in the world. You are experiencing the sights and sounds of today’s Drum and Bugle Corps.
Corps of the 90’s are a far cry from the local marching bands you knew 10 to 20 years ago. It is disciplined, precise audio-visual pageantry. The drum corps hobby combines practice and competition to produce semi-military marching displays, all precisely choreographed to a variety of music ranging from Broadway musicals, to Big Band jazz, through modern pop and classics of the Masters.
Drum Corps Instruments
The instruments used in modern day Drum and Bugle Corps differ considerably from those of the traditional brass or military band. They have been specifically designed to project the very individual sound of Drum Corps from the performance arena to the fans in the stands.
The brass section plays a choice of valved bugles pitched in G/F. To produce the deep and overall distinctive sound, there are a range of voices from soprano to contrabass.
The marching battery percussion usually comprise projector snare drums, bass drums, clusters of tuned tenor tom-toms and a series of sized cymbals. In addition most Corps feature a static percussion “pit” comprising xylophones, timpani, bells, chimes and a whole host of percussion accessories. All members are taught to read music and learn to handle very complex musical arrangements.