Part 5 — My Kingsmen Journey

by Jeff Davis, DCW staff and member of the Anaheim

This article originally appeared in the February 2007 edition of Drum Corps World (Volume 35, Number 17).

Yes, it has been a while since we last chatted. There hasn’t been a lot of information worth publishing, but I figured you might want to know some of the things that have happened and where we stand as of the beginning of the new year.

We marched in the Anaheim Halloween Parade, which was a good “test” of our agility.

Remember the average age? In September, we sent in the first uniform order and we expect them to arrive toward the end of January. By the way, that first order was for 250 uniforms. Yes, this is real and we are serious. For any doubters that remain, which I think unlikely, you don’t have much time to get on board the KAC train.

At our December camp, the full corps finished the drill to our first song. It was an exciting moment for all in attendance, as there are some who haven’t marched in a generation, and we certainly didn’t learn drill using the dot system.

I must admit to some apprehension about the new way to learn drill, but it isn’t so bad once you get used to it.

You know, one thing really stands out to me with this group of people. While our best marching years have certainly gone by, we are all a bunch of kids out there enjoying rehearsal and having a great time. We take it seriously, but we are having the time of our lives. I almost think we didn’t appreciate it enough in our early years. Now, we’re making the most of it.

After careful consideration of all things Kingsmen, the show has been finalized. The objective was to provide as many Kingsmen “moments” as possible, given the constraints of time. I know for me, this is exciting in that I get to play more Kingsmen music. How can that be bad? Also, in January we will be performing at the NAMM Convention at the Anaheim convention center. We’re pushing for 100
horns to be in attendance.

For 2007, we’re kicking into “high gear” in order to be prepared for DCI. A look at our rehearsal schedule will give OOT’s (out of towner’s) plenty of opportunity to earn frequent flyer miles, all the holidays will be out of the way and they can concentrate on being here for camp.

I know we are all looking forward to August with great anticipation. As an FYI, the Kingsmen Alumni Corps will be doing a full field drill. Knowing the great alumni corps that have performed in the past, the staff felt that the KAC had to measure up not only to those standards, but Kingsmen standards as well. We couldn’t just “show up.”

Many have been involved in the alumni corps for almost two years and the culmination of that hard work will be evident to all on August 10, 2007. One of the objectives of the alumni corps is to pave the way for the Kingsmen StarCorps.

California has seen a tremendous boon in corps and to think that a corps representing the values and principles of the Kingsmen will once again be a reality, well, I’m excited!

I’ve noted on Drum Corps Planet that some of you are wondering what is happening with the StarCorps? Some believe the corps will compete at this year’s DCI Championships. All I can say is, you’ll have to keep checking the Web site for updates —

I’m not sure how many more updates you will receive; hopefully once a quarter until the summer will suffice. Due to more scheduled rehearsals, there won’t be a lot of time to write, but I’ll give it a shot.

Lastly, don’t expect just another bunch of old guys and gals reliving their childhood next August. As one of our sisters in the guard so eloquently put it, “we refuse to suck!” Brings a tear to my eye every time I hear it.