Strutters announce 2003 show, hold successful April camp

Edmonton Strutters
(Photo by Harry Heidelmark)

For the first time in a very long time the Strutters from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, were able to practice outside in April. Being DCI’s northernmost corps, they took advantage of the balmy 15-degree weather.

In celebration of their 40th anniversary and their uniquely Canadian heritage, the Strutters 2003 show is a musical and visual representation of “All things Canadian.” Using original compositions as well as various musical selections from Canadian recording artists as the musical backdrop, the Strutters’ show visualizes the diverse culture and character (and yes, some of the idiosyncrasies) of the Canadian lifestyle. On their 40th anniversary, the Strutters are proud to present a glimpse into the lives of those “toque wearin’, hockey lovin’, snow-covered neighbors to the north.”

The corps’ repertoire includes Great White North, an original composition based on the Doug and Bob Mackenzie theme show from SCTV; Satellite by Colin James and the Little Big Band; Arms of an Angel by Sarah McLaughlin; Hockey Night in Canada; and Enid by the Bare Naked Ladies.

With the color guard further ahead than it has ever been, caption head Nadine Bjorkquist is enthusiastic about this year’s show.

“All our members have three or more years experience and pickup the work very fast,” she said, while teaching the members the opening number.

With the help of volunteer instructors Ryan Hirsch and Matt Laird, caption head Don McNeill taught the horn line three-fourths of this summer’s show.

“These students can play, and they have a sound that doubles their size,” McNeill bragged.

Caption head Steve Kress had his hands full while auditioning and filling the various spots in the drum line.

“We are going to have out best line yet,” he raves, adding, “All these kids have talent and will achieve success this summer.”

The front line, with all new members this year, excelled in every area. Caption head Rod Kirkpatrick said, “The new members are great to work with, very enthusiastic and a pleasure to teach. They picked up the style and basics with natural ease and will have no problems with the summer music.”

Visually, the corps looked great working on basics and technique. The members are well aware of the physical demands this year’s show will request. “The members are willing to try anything they are presented, which allows me to be creative when designing the drill,” said caption head Dennie Hirsch.

The camp ended with the corps’ traditional “show and tell.” The front line presented various mallet exercises, and the brass line played through the opener, Great White North, as well as the first half of Satellite. The drum line followed, showcasing their cadence titled Monkeys Revenge, and the color guard ended the camp by performing the opener choreography.

The corps would like to thank its wonderful volunteers, Sherry Hirsch, Crystal Bullis and Gayle Farrell who cooked for them.