21st Century Foundation announces new drum corps ‘Ambassador’ program

Teach something, learn something, make a friend across the sea. Can you help sponsor a “Drum Corps Ambassador” for the 2006 season of a DCI Division II or III corps?

The 21st Century Drum & Bugle Corps Foundation, Inc. has announced this new program. It will provide four scholarships of $300 each, paid to a host corps as part of the ambassadors’ membership fees.

Ambassadors will come from countries with established marching programs and would have little if any financial resources with which to participate in the DCI tour. Countries currently under consideration include Thailand, South Africa, the Philippines, Jamaica and Indonesia.

The Foundation anticipates that the ambassadors will learn new skills in DCI corps and, thereafter, influence the corps in their home countries, elevating the activity as a whole. It also anticipates a culture exchange and new friendships that will enrich the lives of the ambassadors, hosts and sponsors alike.

Drum corps are invited to take on a single ambassador to “sponsor” for a season, providing the balance of their membership fee, housing, some incidentals and perhaps help the member with the round-trip flight expense. The corps could use the $300 from the Foundation to defray the above costs or put the funds into the ambassador’s tour account as spending money during the season.

The Foundation is currently accepting donations for the scholarship fund from individuals, organizations and companies. Donors may sponsor an entire $300 scholarship — or any portion — by mailing a check or money order to the 21st Century Foundation with “Drum Corps Ambassador” in the memo line.

For tax purposes, the 21st Century Drum & Bugle Corps Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization under article 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code.

For more information, call Steve Vickers at 608-241-2292, e-mail him at publisher@drumcorpsworld.com or see http://www.drumcorpsworld.com/foundation.cfm.

Pioneer from Milwaukee, WI, has sponsored a number of young people from South Africa over the past three years and plans to continue hosting one or more individuals from that country. Send donations and other inquires to Box 8052, Madison, WI 53708-8052.