Sunday, January 25, 2004

Their beat goes on,1426,MCA_521_2596100,00.html

The elite Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps revies a World War-I era tradition, giving young musicians a chance to play and compete.

By Michael Lollar
January 25, 2004

At first glance, it looks like a band on the floor of the Cordova High School gym, but the marchers sometimes look like they're in an Olympic sprint instead of marching.

A traditional Sousa march moves at roughly 120 beats a minute, but the Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps is marching to a jazz and blues intro that moves up to 180 beats a minute.

A good article about the Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, which was put together by a former member of the Memphis Blues Brass Band, a corps around briefly in the Ambassadors' day. The reference to Sousa is a bit tiresome but it does a good job of explaining 'corps and the kind of work people put into it.

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