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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for rec.arts.marching.drumcorps
Part 1 of 6  What is drum corps?; Drum Corps On-line; Cybercorps; sources
of drum corps information

Table of Contents:

1.0 What is drum corps?
        1.0.1    DCI and DCA
        1.0.2    Drum Corps International
        1.0.3    Drum Corps World
        1.0.4    scorelines

1.1 Drum corps on-line
        1.1.1    History of drum corps on-line
        1.1.2    Rec.arts.marching.drumcorps
        1.1.3    Drumcorps digest
        1.1.4    FTP and WWW site
        1.1.5    Cybercorps
        1.1.6    Drum Corps Web Sites

1.2 Audio and video recordings and books
        1.2.1    compact discs and cassettes
        1.2.2    videos 
        1.2.3    books

2.0 DCI corps' addresses
        2.0.1 Open class corps
        2.0.2 Div. II/III corps
        2.0.3 DCA corps are listed in Part 6 of the FAQ
        2.0.4 Future Corps

3.1 1997 tentative drumcorps music
3.2 1997 drum corps tour schedule

4.0 Historical Information
        4.1 Previous DCI Champions
        4.2 1992 DCI Scores
        4.3 1993 DCI Information
                 4.3.1 Corps repertoires
                 4.3.2 Scores
                 4.3.3 Individual and Ensemble scores
                 4.3.4 DCA Finals scores
                 4.3.5 RAMD Readers Final Poll
        4.4 1994 DCI Information
                 4.4.1 DCI Championships in Boston
                 4.4.2 SEASON Final poll
                 4.4.3 RAMD Final Reader's Poll
                 4.4.4 Corps' repertoires in 1994
        4.5 1995 DCI Information
                 4.5.1 DCI Championships in Buffalo
                 4.5.2 SEASON Final poll
                 4.5.3 RAMD Final Reader's Poll
                 4.5.4 Corps' repertoires in 1995
        4.6 1996 DCI Information
                 4.6.1 DCI Championships in Orlando
                 4.6.2 SEASON Final poll
                 4.6.3 RAMD Final Reader's Poll
                 4.6.4 Corps' repertoires in 1996

5.0  The words "drum corps"
5.1  Number of members allowed
5.2  Corps' budgets
5.3  Fundraising
5.4  How far do the corps travel?  How many competitions?  How long is
         the season?  When are the Championships?
5.5  How can I catch the Championships on TV?
5.6  How does the judging work?
5.7  What is a legal bugle?
5.8  What kind of percussion is allowed?
5.9  What is the "pit area"?
5.10 How long is each show?
5.11 What are all those strange abbreviations and/or nicknames people
          keep using when writing about drum corps?
5.12 Why do people keep misspelling things?
5.13 How to join a drum corps                    
5.14 Rehearsal information           
5.15 Where to get music for wind ensemble

6.0  DCA and the Senior corps.
        6.1  Drum Corps Associates (DCA)
                6.1.1  The DCA Story
                6.1.2  Corps listing
        6.2  Parade Corps
                6.2.1  Ballad of the Unsung Heros
                6.2.2  Corps listing
        6.3  Rehearsals
        6.4  Fallen Comrades
                6.4.1 Folded Corps
                6.4.2 MIA Corps
        6.5  DCA Champions

1.0 What is drum corps?

        Drum corps is an abbreviation for drum and bugle corps.  During 
the competitive season, corps from all across the US and Canada perform 
to crowds of up to 35,000.  The closest kind of group to a drum corps that 
is not a drum corps is the marching band, but the performance levels of 
the top drum corps is in general higher than top marching bands.

        The music.  Drum corps do NOT play Sousa marches or "um-pa-pa" 
music.  The repertoires of modern drum corps consist of classical, 
jazz, contemporary, and symphonic literature.  Broadway musicals are 
also popular.  Some organizations tend to play a single kind of music.  
For example, the Concord Blue Devils tend to play jazz each year, while 
the Phantom Regiment plays classical music each year.  Gone are the days 
of sitting on the 50 yardline playing the theme from "Rocky" and Stars 
and Stripes Forever (which used to be common in both drum corps and 
marching bands).  The music is arranged by professionals.  The brass and 
percussion instructors are among the best in the country.  There are 
many college music professors involved in the activity.

        The drill.  Drills are also designed by professional artists and 
choreographers.  Smooth curves during delicate passages and sharp angles 
during aggressive passages accent the presentation of the music.  Color 
and dance also add to the interpretation of the music. The drill and the 
music are integrated into a whole (unlike many field shows one sees at a 
typical halftime show) in a constantly moving show.

        There are three sections of a drum corps: the brass, the percussion, 
and the color guard.  In part 5 of the FAQ, a more detailed description is 
given on what type of instrumentation is allowed in the brass and percussion 
sections.  The color guard (a misnomer in today's performances) is the group 
of performers who handle the flags and other props that visually enhance the 
performance.  They typically do quite a bit of dancing and equipment work.

        Forget about any experiences you've had with high school and college 
marching bands.  Drum corps is a completely different activity, and any 
music-lover ought to consider seeing a show towards the end of the season.

1.0.1 DCI and DCA

        There are many organizations devoted to promoting and organizing the
drum and bugles corps activity world-wide.  Many of these are listed below 
in section 1.2.  But the two major organizations in North America are DCI 
(Drum Corps International) and DCA (Drum Corps Associates).  

        DCI supervises the major junior drum and bugle corps circuit in North 
America.  Junior drum and bugle corps are restricted to members 21 years of 
age or younger.  Most drum and bugle corps in fall into this general catagory. 
DCI corps march in the DCI circuit during the months of July and August every
year.  The DCI season culminates with the DCI World Championships.

        DCA differs from DCI in a number of respects.  DCA corps are often 
called Senior corps and are open to people of any age.  DCA runs its own 
circuit, too which culminates in the DCA Championships over Labor Day 
weekend each year.  In this FAQ, the information on DCA corps has been 
grouped together in Section 6.  The DCA information is maintained and
updated by Martin Cross (crossm@pt.Cyanamid.Com).

1.0.2   Drum Corps International

        The official organization devoted to organizing the junior drum and 
bugle corps activity in North America is called Drum Corps International 
(DCI).  DCI and its Board of Directors plan the summer performance 
schedules, coordinate judging, host regional competitions, and run the 
DCI World Championships during the third week of August every summer.  
It is roughly analogous to the NCAA for college athletics.  DCI was 
organized in 1972 as a reaction to the "harsh" way the VFW (Veterans of 
Foreign War) and AL (American Legion) were governing the activity.  

        DCI publishes a quarterly newsletter called DCI Today.  It is a must 
for any drum corps fan.  Tickets to any DCI Regional or the DCI Championships
can be ordered by calling the number listed below.

DCI Today
P.O. Box 548
Lombard, IL  60148-0548


Four quarterly issues
1st class - $12.00/yr
4th class bulk rate - $6.00 (lifetime subscr. - delivery not guaranteed)

1.0.3   Drum Corps World

        Drum Corps World (DCW) is the only independent publication devoted 
to the drum and bugle corps activity world-wide.  The editor is Steve Vickers, 
and DCW prides itself on providing nearly complete coverage of drum corps 
competitions every summer as well as news during the winter.  The magazine 
is expensive due to it limited circulation but well worthwhile for the serious 
drum corps fan.

Phone Number:.......1-800-554-9630

Address:............Drum Corps World
....................P.O. Box 8052
....................Madison, WI  53708-8052

20 issues per year
1995 subscription rates are:
1st class - $69.00/yr
2nd class - $49.00/yr

Drum Corps World Wide Web:

1.0.4   Scorelines

        Every summer, several drum and bugle corps set up their own individual 
scoreline to allow drum corps fans to get daily updates on scores.  These 
scorelines are free except for any long distance costs.  In addition, DCI 
has a telephone number 1-900-CALL-DCI that can also be used for daily score 
updates.  The cost for this call is $1.50/1st min, $0.95 for each additional 

Here are some of the scoreline phone numbers compiled during the 1994 season:

DCI Scoreline            1-900-CALL-DCI
Blue Knights               303-730-1765
Cadets of Bergen County    201-384-7088  ext. 21
Cavaliers                  312-763-3807  *
Phantom Regiment           815-494-9458  *
Santa Clara Vanguard       408-727-5591

1.1 Drum corps on-line

1.1.1 History of drum corps on-line

        The first on-line drum corps newletter that I am aware of was called 
Off-The-Line (The Marching Arts List).  It was administered by several 
people, most recently by DJ Foremsky.  In March of 1992, Michael Fath 
( formed an alt newgroup called alt.drumcorps.  
The success of alt.drumcorps resulted in the demise of Off-The-Line, since 
most people on the list had access to UseNet and discussion moved there.  
After nine months of activity, readers of alt.drumcorps held an RFD and CFV 
to create a mainstream newsgroup for drumcorps discussion.  The vote was run 
by Phil Earnhardt and Michael Fath and held during November, 1992.  The vote 
was successful and two groups were formed in the hierachy Rec.arts.marching.*. 
Rec.arts.marching.drumcorps and Rec.arts.marching.misc were created on UseNet 
in December, 1992.  As of April, 1995, over 29,000 messages have posted to 
Rec.arts.marching.drumcorps, and the volume continues to increase monthly.

1.1.2 Rec.arts.marching.drumcorps (RAMD)

        The home for most all drum corps discussion on the Internet is the 
newsgroup Rec.arts.marching.drumcorps.  The newsgroup is often abbreviated 
RAMD.  There are four other newsgroups in the rec.arts.marching.* hierarchy.  
They are:
If you are interested in any other of the marching arts besides drum corps,
check out these related newsgroups.

1.1.3 Drumcorps mailing list

        A Drumcorps-Digest mailing list was created by Mark Baushke
( to allow people without access to UseNet to receive a daily
digest of articles that appear in the newsgroups alt.drumcorps,
alt.colorguard, rec.arts.marching.drumcorps and rec.arts.marching.colorguard,
as well as being able to post articles via e-mail to those same newsgroups.

        Be advised that Drumcorps-Digest is a controlled
mailing list. If you wish to subscribe (receive) Drumcorps-Digest messages,
you may send a message to with a line

        subscribe drumcorps-digest

in the body of the message. If you wish to unsubscribe from the list
send a message to with a line

        unsubscribe drumcorps-digest

        Other administrative requests, such to have your address changed,
should be directed to

        In addition, an address has been created which will post email sent
to it to rec.arts.marching.drumcorps.  This address is: .  There is also an e-mail address for
rec.arts.marching.colorguard.   This address is: .  

        Remember that all administrative requests should be sent to, NOT to

        Any replies you wish to make to newsgroup postings you read in
the digest can be made simply by sending e-mail to the appropriate address.
The digest software runs an NNTP reader client once per day which will read
all previously unread articles in the group and package them as a single
e-mail message. If there are no new articles, or the news machine is
down, then you will not get any articles that day. If you have not seen a
digest in more than three days, you might want to send e-mail to the
administrivia address to have Mark look into any problems.

1.1.4 FTP site for drum corps information

        There is currently no r.a.m.d FTP site.
        The FAQs can be accessed on the web at:
        Historical scores and schedules, starting with the 1995 season, are 
available at the sCORPSboard web site ( part of CyberCorps) at:
1.1.5 Cybercorps  

In 1997 we are again requiring $1 (US) or MORE to be sent in to form a
scholarship fund.  In 1996 we awarded a $350 scholarship.  If everyone
who reads this note will send just $1, we will be able to help many
drum corps members, not just one.

Previous members must Re-Signup for 1997.

As the season winds down, and the signal-to-noise ratio on RAMD does
likewise, there are voices springing up, complaining about when the
newsgroup used to mean something and that it no longer does.  Whether
you agree or disagree with these voices is irrelevant to the following   

There is a way for your involvement on RAMD to have a concrete, positive
impact on the drum corps activity.  For 1996, approximately 60
people contributed a total of $350, which went as a scholarship to a
young man named Michael Yager, allowing him to march his final year
with the Boston Crusaders.  I can personally state that getting to meet
Michael at DCI Finals this year, and knowing that I played a small part
in his being there, is one of my finest memories in drum corps.  You
can feel the same way, and I hope you join us.  The organization that
puts the scholarships together is called Cybercorps.

CyberCorps Frequently Asked Questions

Thanks to Paul Herzog on RAMD for the following FAQs!

What is Cybercorps?

Cybercorps is simply a group of people on the Internet who
have a love for drum corps.  We have gotten together and formed a
"virtual corps" whose purpose is to have fun, support drum and bugle
corps, and meet with other members as the opportunity arises.
Cybercorps is real, we have a drum major, all the basic instruments,
and a staff.  Cybercorps exists for those who have aged out, did not
get to march, can't march, or do actually march in a DCI corps, but
still want to share an allegiance with other fellow RAMDers.  We
(the members and staff) basically meet at DCI shows by wearing
T-shirts printed each year.  That way you can put a face to the
names you see flying about on the net every day you read your news

The Cybercorps list is kept by Paul Herzog at

Does Cybercorps have auditions?
Yes. People who wish to join Cybercorps should email the following
information to Paul Herzog at

     1) your full name (as you'd like it to appear on something semi-official, like a T-shirt).
     2) a valid EMAIL address.
     3) a single position (instrument, guard or staff, etc.) for you to fill.

Once your Audition email is received, Paul will email you back with
an address and instructions.  You then need to send him the grand
sum of $1 (US) or more.  All this money will be used to present a
scholarship at the DCI World Championships for the present year.
Periodically he will post all contributors and their amounts as an
audit. Persons wanting to remain anonymous can also request same and
will be posted as a group.

The membership cutoff date separating one year from the next shall
be when T-shirts are ordered each spring.

Paul "Hooter" Herzog
Cybercorps Scholarship Committee Chairman

What can I play/spin/etc?

It doesn't matter what you know for an instrument or guard
equipment. Heck, people who in reality play horns could be in the
guard, and vice-versa. Thus, you aren't limited to a piece of
equipment you already know!  Pick something you always wished you
could do.

You can select more specific positions, like 4th Soprano or
Pit Gong or Guard Rifles etc.  Just keep it to a standard Corps
position.  We don't want to see 58 Soloists unless it's
Cymbal Soloists :)

Where does Cybercorps meet?

Cybercorps has a Virtual Rehearsal Site at a GlobalMush site
at Erol's Internet Service in Springfield, VA.  To reach to the Cybercorps
Virtual Rehearsal site, telnet to 4201 

Detailed instructions about how to find the Rehearsal site are available
from the WWW page <>.

Note to members who have not logged onto GlobalMUSH for a while: GlobalMUSH
is no longer a MUSH but is currently running TinyMUX 1.1.1, (although they
retain the GlobalMUSH name for historical reasons) so there will be some
minor changes in coding and/or commands.  Two examples: sending mail has
changed (see instructions below), and color is available for those with color
monitors (but not for all MAC users).  Type @set me=ansi<CR> to set your
character to see color.  To check if this setting works for you, the text and
description of 'The Bus!' at the CyberCorps Moonbase should appear in full 
color. :-). Whatever, have fun!

When you are done, type: QUIT.

That's it.  Want to join?  Audition as described above.

1.1.5 Drum Corps Web Sites

Thanks to Christina Mavroudis <> 
for compiling this list.

27th Lancers


Black Watch

Blue Devils



Bluegrass Brass

Blue Knights

Blue Spirit

Blue Stars

Boston Crusaders



Cadets of Bergen County

Carolina Crown





Dimension Levis

East Coast Jazz

Empire Statesmen

General Butler Vagabonds


Golden Lancers

Kiwanis Kavaliers

Lake Erie Regiment

Les Metropolitian

Limited Edition

Lone Star
Madison Scouts

Magic of Orlando 



Mighty St. Joe's Alumni

Minnesota Brass 

Nite Express

Northern Aurora


Phantom Regiment
     <URL: brramsey/phantomregiment/>

Pheonix - Massachusetts


Pride of Bristol

Royal Columbians

Santa Clara Vanguard

Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps:

Showband Irene





Spirit of Atlanta

Star of Indiana

Syracuse Brigadiers

Texas Legion Drum & Bugle Corps


US Navy Academy

Velvet Knights

Personal Sites
Scott Rankin

Brian Lincoln

Rimshot's Drum Den


Jacquie Owens

Tien "Trent" Dang

Frank Lubas' home page

Jeb Puryear's Drum Corps Fan Ranking


Brad Green

James A. Chappell

British Drum Corps

Nikke Pilato

Doug's Drum Corps Center

Drum Corps Fans Online

BAC Myths

Friends of Quebec D&B

Div II/III Focus

Doug Stevenson

Bobby's World

Kent Shook

1.1.6 Drum Corps Related Web Sites

Public Service and Commercial sites:
DCI Summer Music Games

DCI Today

Drum Corps East

Drum Corps International

Drum Corps World Wide Web

The sCORPSboard

Corps & Guard Travel Service

The Director's Showcase Catalog

1.2 Audio and video recordings

1.2.1   compact discs and cassettes

        DCI sells cassettes and CD's of recent Championship years.  For the 
cassettes, you can order the top 12 corps' performances (3 tapes) or the 
top 24 corps (6 tapes).  The CD's come in either the 2-disc version (top 
14 corps) or the 3-disc version (top 21 corps).  The 3-disc CD set costs 
about $50.  You can order through the address and phone no. for DCI 

Current prices for CDs - valid August 11, 1994:

Phone Number:.......1-800-344-2772
Address:............DCI Merchandising
....................P.O. Box 33059
....................Northglenn, CO 80234

Merchandise - for the 1994 & 1995 seasons:
1995 DCI World Championship CD's and Tapes
Rich Stadium, Buffalo, New York

Listen to the greatest drum and bugle corps from all aver the world as they 
performed at the 1995 DCI World Championships at Rich Stadium in Buffalo, New York.

CS-95-2V  Cassettes / Top 12 Corps $24.00 (2 Volume Set) 
CS-95-4V  Cassettes / Top 24 Corps $40.00 (4 Volume Set)
CD-95-2V  Compact Discs / Top 14 Corps $40.00 (2 Volume Set)
CD-95-3V  Compact Discs / Top 21 Corps $50.00 (3 Volume Set)


1994 DCI World Championship CD's and Tapes
Foxboro Stadium, Boston, Massachusetts

Listen to the greatest drum and bugle corps from all aver the world as they 
performed at the 1994 DCI World Championships at Foxboro Stadium in 
Boston, Massachusetts.

CS-94-2V  Cassettes / Top 12 Corps $24.00 (2 Volume Set) 
CS-94-4V  Cassettes / Top 24 Corps $40.00 (4 Volume Set)
CD-94-2V  Compact Discs / Top 14 Corps $40.00 (2 Volume Set)
CD-94-3V  Compact Discs / Top 21 Corps $50.00 (3 Volume Set)


        Individual corps also have recordings of their own corps.  The Blue 
Devils, Santa Clara Vanguard, and Cadets of Bergen County have 
recordings in one form or another.  

        DCI has remastered all the DCI Finals recordings and are making them
available for a limited time on compact disc.  You can buy:

DCI Audio Library (CD's only)

Listen to the greatest drum and bugle corps of all time with the clarity 
of compact disc audio. Order your favorite years, or get the whole library!

AC-72-76  Audio Library (Volume 1)  $150.00
AC-77-81  Audio Library (Volume 2)  $150.00
AC-82-86  Audio Library (Volume 3)  $150.00
AC-87-91  Audio Library (Volume 4)  $150.00
AC-72-91PK    Audio Library 72-91 (Volume 1-4)  $500.00

Each volume includes 10 compact discs, an historical booklet, and a decorative
shell box.  Due to the limited production, pre-orders are being accepted
though 8/31/94.  Orders taken after that will be based on availability.  
Call DCI to order.

        The Future corps CD can be bought by sending a check or money order 
for $16.95 (postage included) to:
Address:...........Encorps Productions
...................1405 Enterprise 
...................Road, Deltona, FL  32725
FL residents add $1.02 for tax

1.2.2   videos 

1995 DCI World Championship Videos
Rich Stadium, Buffalo, New York

Witness the greatest drum and bugle corps from all over the world as they 
performed at the 1995 DCI World Championships at Rich Stadium in Buffalo, New York.

Division I Finals Performance / Top 12 Corps $98.00
Taped from the Summer Music Games broadcast, this spectacular two-tape set 
includes the full finals show, including the broadcast commentary and the 
complete closing ceremonies This multiple camera version captures spectacular 
close-ups, along with mid and high camera views.

Division II/III Finals Performance / Top 12 Corps $79.00
Twelve of the nation's top Division II/III corps are captured performing their 
championship programs. Filmed utilizing multiple camera positions to capture both 
close-ups and mid and high views.

Division I Semifinals Performance / Top 17 Corps $125.00
This three tape set includes the entire semifinals performance. Filmed utilizing 
multiple camera positions to capture both close-up and mid and high views. 
Seventeen corps are featured in this four and and half hour video.

Division I Quarterfinals Performance / Top 25 Corps $175.00
This six and one half hour three video set is also shot utilizing multiple 
camera angles for close-ups and mid and high camera views.

Individual Corps Performances $39.00
Choose individual show performances of your favorite corps as they were captured 
on video from either semifinals, quarterfinals or finals performances. Length of 
these individual performances is approximately fifteen minutes.

                               DCI Video Order Form
                                                       (finals, semi                                                       
Qty  | Year | Description      | Corps Name          |   quarters)    | Price U.S. $
     | 1995 | Individual Corps |                     |                |
     |      | Performance      |                     |                |
     | 1995 | Individual Corps |                     |                |
     |      | Performance      |                     |                |
     | 1995 | Individual Corps |                     |                |
     |      | Performance      |                     |                |
     | 1995 | Division I       |xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx|xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx|
     |      | Finals           |xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx|xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx|
     | 1995 | Division I       |xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx|xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx|
     |      | Semifinals       |xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx|xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx|
     | 1995 | Division I       |xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx|xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx|
     |      | Quarterfinals    |xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx|xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx|
     | 1995 | Division II/III  |xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx|xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx|
     |      | Finals           |xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx|xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx|
Ordered By:  Date Ordered ______________                     Subtotal |
________________________________________                    Sales Tax |
 Name                                                                 |
________________________________________          Shipping & Handling |
 Address (No P.O. Box)                                                |
________________________________________  Non-U.S. Bank Charge $15.00 |
 City         St(Province)    Zip(Postal)                             |
________________________________________           Additional Charges |
 Daytime Phone & Ext    Home Phone                                    |
 (required)                                                           --------------
                                                         TOTAL AMOUNT |
 Ship To (only if different than above)                               --------------

                                                        --Shipping and Handling--
________________________________________              Continental U.S.: Units, Cost
 Name                                                 	  1-4 units $5.50
                                                          5-8 units $7.50
________________________________________                  9-12 units $9.50
 Address (No P.O. Box)                                    13-16 units $12.50
                                                      	  17-20 units $15.50
________________________________________              	  20 units and above - call
 City         St(Province)    Zip(Postal)
                                                      Outside Continental U.S.
________________________________________              (Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico)
 Daytime Phone & Ext    Home Phone                    	  First unit $13.00
 (required)                                           	  add $4.00 for each 
                                                      	   additional unit

                                                         First unit $45.00
Method of Payment                                        add $12.00 for each 
                                                      	   additional unit

Money Order ____ School Purchase Order # ____________________

VISA ____    MasterCard ____    American Express ____

Credit Card # __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

Expiration Date __ __ __ __

Please Print Cardholder's Name ________________________________________

Authorizing Signature _________________________________________________

                Make Money Orders payable to DCI Video

Mail Money Orders, Purchase Orders to:
   DCI Video
   P.O. Box 500264
   Atlanta, GA 31150

Order Toll Free

Outside the U.S.
  404-642-9955  (Effective 12/1/95 area code changes to 770)

Or FAX your orders 24 hours a day
  404-640-5211  (Effective 12/1/95 area code changes to 770)


1.2.3   books

        Jodeen E. Popp's 1978 book on drum corps is called "Competitive 
Drum Corps". It is a 8 1/2" X 11" paperback book which includes sections 
on the origins of drum corps and on individual corps' histories. It also 
includes yearly summaries of the drum corps activity from the 1950's 
through 1979.It includes two supplements for 1980 and 1981. It can be 
ordered by writing to Olympic Printing Inc., 83 N. Broadway, Des 
Plaines, IL  60016 or calling 708-296-3015. Michael Fath paid $35.00 for
his in 1992.

Original written by Michael Fath and Donald Chinn
Updates and new material by Cathy Doser and Caryn Roberts
RAMD FAQ administered by Cathy Doser ( and 
  Caryn Roberts (

Comments welcome on any aspect of this FAQ.  We are especially looking 
for information on Div. II/III corps, and early drum corps information 
(VFW and American Legion Championships and pre-DCI corps in general).  
If you see anything that is inaccurate (such as corps address information 
or repertoire), please let us know.

NOTICE:  This FAQ is Copyright (c) 1995 by Cathy Doser and is made available
as a service to the drum corps and the Internet community.  The FAQ may be 
distributed freely in printed or electronic form, provided that it is not 
modified.  The FAQ may not be sold in any medium including electronic, CD-ROM,
or database, or published in print without the express written permission of 
the authors.  Contact Cathy Doser ( if there are
any questions.
Cathy Doser                                              Caryn Roberts                         

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