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Percussion

  • Piloting New PepBand Battle Concept to Complement Wildly Popular DrumLine Battle™ Activities

    Mike Lawson | November 6, 2017

    For musical performers and ensembles, there is no “off season.” Those who live to perform are ready wherever there is a stage and an audience.

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  • Directors: Help Your Students Set Their Sights on Excellence – And a Season of DCI!

    Mike Lawson | October 5, 2017

    Now is the time of year when thousands of young people audition to be part of Drum Corps International.

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  • 2017 DCI World Championship Finals Cap Another Record-Breaking Year

    Mike Lawson | September 8, 2017

    Diamonds. Gold. Distinctions. Records. Just a few of the words that describe the 2017 Drum Corps International World Championship Finals. 

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  • Celebrating the Season: APR for Drum Corps International

    Mike Lawson | June 19, 2017

    Drum Corps International will celebrate its 45th anniversary throughout the summer, as the world’s most elite marching music ensembles entertain thousands across the United States.

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  • Inside DCI: It’s Almost Showtime!

    Mike Lawson | May 12, 2017

    The 2017 season is approaching, and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever - all while having a summer-long celebration!

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  • Creativity in High Gear

    Mike Lawson | April 7, 2017

    It all begins with a single idea - sometimes concrete, sometimes not so concrete. Ideas begin to take form when the show designers put their concepts to music, add visual elements, color, props, and innovations.

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  • Inside DCI March 4 – A New Celebration for Marching Music

    Mike Lawson | March 20, 2017

    March is the month that comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. It’s famous for the beginning of spring, the Ides of March, St. Patrick’s Day, spring breaks, and the NCAA’s March Madness. Now the March calendar has a new designation.

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  • Inside DCI Playing on the World’s Big Stages

    Mike Lawson | February 13, 2017

    Early in 2017, the world experienced marching music excellence from some of Drum Corps International’s (DCI) top corps, once again highlighting the international reach of DCI. Bluecoats, Blue Knights, Crossmen, and Santa Clara Vanguard, performing in some of the world’s most famous events, are putting their ensembles and DCI on the global stage and building awareness and appreciation for marching music in many forms.

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  • Practicing and Performing: A Seamless Concept

    Mike Lawson | November 11, 2016

    I live by a saying I have printed on my office wall – “I’m not lazy...I’m efficient.” When it comes to learning and performing music I believe that the more you work on only the things you need to, the better off you are in the long run and the higher level of success you’ll attain at any given performance.

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