• The Real Rudiments A Springboard to the World of Percussion

    MSG Jeff Prosperie | October 15, 2023Imagine if you will, in a field hundreds of years ago, a drum major trying to teach a young drummer boy basic drumming patterns for the purpose of military signaling and to regulate the duty day. Now, imagine a music instructor in modern times teaching the same patterns for the purpose of musical expression. These […] Read More...
  • PASIC Preview

    Joshua Simonds | November 13, 2022Early November is a time of great inspiration and community as drummers, percussionists, educators, and fans of all ages from all over the world make their way to Indianapolis, IN, for PASIC, the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention. This year, PASIC runs November 9-12, 2022, (with a virtual PASIC later) and you won’t want to […] Read More...
  • Developing a Beginning Band Percussion Section

    Mike Lawson | November 13, 2022The age-old problem for bands is having too large a percussion section and placing students in the section where they will be successful. The argument could be made that skills necessary for a successful percussionist could be beneficial for any instrument. A great beginning band needs musical talent in all sections. This article will discuss […] Read More...
  • FAMU The Incomparable Marching ‘100’ Choose Pearl

    SBO Staff | November 1, 2021Pearl Corporation announces partnership with Florida A&M University Marching Band, the Marching “100.” “The FAMU Marching Band program has a proud legacy of musical excellence and precision marching that has made it one of the most recognizable bands in the country. Combining FAMU’s tradition of excellence with the legendary performance of Pearl Marching Drums and […] Read More...
  • Exploring the Mystery of Playing Timpani

    Mike Lawson | July 31, 2020

    Whether you’re a music educator, band or orchestral student, conductor or composer, timpani have been one of the most mystical and misunderstood percussion instruments ever encountered by most players. Yet, it can be heard professionally performed in every type of music, from 300-year old classical standard repertoire, to marches, Broadway, pops, Latin and even big band jazz.

  • 2020 Features New Events and Venues for the DCI Summer Tour

    Mike Lawson | January 10, 2020

    The 2020 season will begin once again with the DCI Tour Premiere in the Motor City and end in the Circle City with DCI World Championships.


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    Become a Part of the DCI Community

    Mike Lawson | November 1, 2019

    It’s time for one of the most exciting things in DCI – auditions!

  • Bluecoats Light Up the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game

    Mike Lawson | October 3, 2019

    The Bluecoats waited on the entrance ramps to field at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 2 to perform at the Enshrinement Week pre-season game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Denver Broncos.

  • A Year to Remember

    Mike Lawson | August 29, 2019

    Ending with one of the closest finishes in DCI’s history, the 2019 Drum Corps International World Championship Finals competition was a fitting conclusion to an incredible season.

  • DCI’s Tour Premiere Set the Stage for a Spectacular Season

    Mike Lawson | July 5, 2019

    The Drum Corps International Tour Premiere in Detroit on June 20 once again delivered an incredible beginning to the 2019 Summer Tour – for live audiences both at Ford Field and in 500+ movie theaters across the country. It was the first of two live broadcasts to cinemas nationwide this season to let fans feel the thrill of marching music’s very best through carefully-orchestrated live productions of the shows as they happen in real time.

  • It’s Showtime!

    Mike Lawson | June 6, 2019

    Drum Corps International is presenting its 47th season, and the world’s most elite marching music ensembles will entertain thousands across the United States.

  • Preparing for a Fantastic Year

    Mike Lawson | May 8, 2019

    May is a month of intense preparation for drum corps from coast to coast. It’s the time of convergence for show designs and fundamental training. It’s the time when creativity and artistry bring concepts to life in incredible marching arts productions.

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