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    Marching Music — A Special Art Form

    Drum Corps International, the premiere marching music entity, recently held their world championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.  I had the pleasure of being in attendance for the week’s activities.

    During this time, thousands of young musicians and performers participated in an amazing week of musical pageantry, proficiency and sheer athletic speed unparalleled in the musical world.  The way corps members performed music challenging enough for a concert hall, while covering incredible distances at great tempos, was simply amazing.

    In addition to on-field performances, many corps also participated in the Saturday morning Celebrate Indy Arts! parade.  Unlike normal parades, with fire truck after fire truck (I have nothing against fire trucks as my father-in-law owns one) and other non-musical groups, this parade featured music — one corps after the other.  Concluding the morning parade, about 2000 brass musicians joined together on the steps of the Indiana War Memorial building to collectively perform a beautiful rendition of Simple Gifts.

    Prior to the final night’s competition, singer/songwriter and former American Idol contestant Shaun Cannon performed Live for Music with the INpact Indiana’s Future Band, a group of middle school band students from across the state.  Shaun has been very instrumental in providing financial assistance to struggling music programs throughout the county.  He is also a strong proponent of drum corps.  A truly wonderful musical forum for young musicians to perform in front of thousands.

    Music education encompasses all facets of music.  Having not attended a DCI championship in a very long time, I was again reminded of this on so many different levels.  And to top off the experience, my alma mater drum corps, Crossmen, made it back to finals for the first time since 2004!  All in all, it was a wonderfully musical and educational trip.

    Read more about Drum Corps International.

    View the Live for Music video.

    Learn more about INpact Indiana’s Future Band.

    Paul Smithhttp://jwpepper.com
    Paul has been an active Pepper employee for over 33 years and is currently Vice President of Customer Contact Center/Corporate Facilities. He is a music education and copyright advocate, percussionist and marching band/indoor percussion/drum corps adjudicator.

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