Second volume of ‘A History of Drum & Bugle Corps’ is planned

by Steve Vickers, DCW publisher

Less than six months ago, Sights & Sounds, Inc. self-published a 432-page book on the history of the drum and bugle corps activity. Response has been encouraging, with 60 percent of the press run sold so far, so we are tentatively planning to produce a second volume, also 432 pages, in the spring.

The book will contain all of the chapters I ran out of room to include in the first volume, plus articles on many of the activity’s most prominent, interesting and unique corps. Drum Corps World staff members had the opportunity to request assignments in October and November. Now we are seeking individuals from throughout the activity who might consider contributing a chapter or article and/or letting us borrow photographs to scan and include with the article.

If you see a topic or corps you would like to write about — or you know someone else who might be interested — please contact me as soon as possible at 1-800-554-9630 (8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Central time weekdays), e-mail me at or call me evenings (after 5:00 PM) at 608-249-2590. Details such as length of the chapter or article can be discussed at that time.

The deadline for submission of chapters or articles and photographs is February 1, 2003. If all goes according to schedule, the book will be available in late June. We would prefer writers who have a direct association with the corps they will be writing about if at all possible.

Un-assigned chapters and articles —

Chapters on — U.S. and Canadian senior corps, 1921-1965; marching percussion (more complete and detailed than the article in the first book); evolution of judging during the last eight decades; foreign drum corps activity; major national/international competitions; regional circuits and associations; and the Shrine drum corps movement.

Articles on these corps — Anaheim Kingsmen, Anaheim, CA; Archer-Epler Musketeers, Upper Darby, PA; Argonne Rebels, Great Bend, KS; Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights, Newark, NJ; Blue Devils, Concord, CA; Blue Knights, Denver, CO; Blue Rock, Wilmington, DE; Boston Crusaders, Boston, MA; Bushwackers, Harrison, NJ; CapitolAires All-Girl, Madison, WI; Chatelaines All-Girl, Laval, QUE; Cavaliers, Chicago, IL; CMCC Warriors, New York City, NY; Colts, Dubuque, IA; Commonwealth Edison, Chicago, IL; Connecticut Hurricanes, Derby, CT; Connecticut Yankees, Stratford, CT; Crossmen, West Chester, PA; Decorah Kilties, Decorah, IA; De LaSalle Oaklands, Toronto, ONT; Des Plaines Vanguard, Des Plaines, IL; Edison Lamplighters, Detroit, MI.

Empire Statesmen, Rochester, NY; Freelancers, Sacramento, CA; Garfield Cadets, Garfield, NJ; Glassmen, Toledo, OH; Govenaires, St. Peter, MN; Harvey Seeds Post, Miami FL; Hawthorne Caballeros, Hawthorne, NJ; Imperials of St. Patrick/Pioneer, Milwaukee, WI; Kilties, Racine, WI; Kingston Grenadiers, Kingston, ONT; Lt. Norman Prince, Malden, MA; Madison Scouts, Madison, WI; Marion Cadets, Marion, OH; Miami Vanguard, Miami, FL; Minnesota Brass, St. Paul, MN; Muchachos, Hawthorne, NJ; New York Skyliners, New York City, NY; North Star, North Shore, MA; Norwood Park Imperials, Chicago, IL; Phantom Regiment, Rockford, IL; Pittsburgh Rockets/Steel City Ambassadors, Pittsburgh, PA; Racine Scouts, Racine, WI; Railmen, Omaha, NE; Reading Buccaneers, Reading, PA.

Reilly Raiders, Philadelphia, PA; Rhode Island Matadors, Providence, RI; Rochester Crusaders, Rochester, NY; Santa Clara Vanguard, Santa Clara, CA; St. Andrew’s Bridgemen, Bayonne, NJ; St. Ignatius All-Girl, Hicksville, NY; St. Joseph’s of Batavia, Batavia, NY; St. Kevin’s Emerald Knights, Dorchester, MA; St. Paul Scouts, St. Paul, MN; St. Vincent’s Cadets, Bayonne, NJ; Scout House, Preston, ONT; Seattle Imperials, Seattle, WA; Skokie Indians, Skokie, IL; Spirit of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA; Stardusters, New Orleans, LA; Star of Indiana, Bloomington, IN; Suncoast Sound, Pinellas Park, FL; Syracuse Brigadiers, Syracuse, NY; Toronto Optimists, Toronto, ONT; 27th Lancers, Revere, MA; Ventures All-Girl, Kitchener, ONT; Westshoremen, Harrisburg, PA; Yankee Rebels, Baltimore, MD.

An article on all-girl corps.

Articles on Canadian corps — Alberta; Ontario.

Articles on geographic regions — Europe; South Africa; Southeast Asia; United Kingdom.

The following have been assigned —

Chapters on — uniforms and color trends; drum corps in the military; art, illustrations and books; drum corps magazines and newspapers; color guards; Drum Corps Associates; Halls of Fame.

Corps — Black Knights, Belleville, IL; Bluecoats, Canton, OH; Blue Stars, La Crosse, WI; Bon Bons All-Girl, Audubon, NJ; Boys of ’76, Racine, WI; Carolina Crown, Charlotte, NC; Doremus Post, Hackensack, NJ; Guardsmen, Schaumburg, IL; Hormel Girls, Austin, MN; Jersey Joes, Riverside, NJ; Long Island Sunrisers, Hempstead, NY; Sky Ryders, Hutchinson, KS; Spartans, Nashua, NH; Troopers, Casper, WY; Velvet Knights, Santa Ana, CA.

Article on Canadian corps — Quebec.

If I missed any corps you think should be included, please let me know.