Friday, August 18, 2006

Royalaires Strike Up the Bands for War Museum

Royalaires Strike Up the Bands for War Museum

The Waterloo Band Festival was revived one year ago, largely through the efforts of the Guelph Royalaires Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps and its president, William Granger. This new version of the old festival, which draws bands from various parts of Ontario and from New York State, takes place again at 7 p.m. Aug. 19 at the stadium on Seagram Drive at Wilfrid Laurier University.


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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Cavaliers, 2006 DCI Champions!

The field in Madison, WI

See for full details.

That's the end of another junior corps season in North America.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

New Waterloo Band Festival hopes to recapture a moment in time

New Waterloo Band Festival hopes to recapture a moment in time

Mark you calendars. The new Waterloo Band Festival is back.

University Stadium, in the heart of Waterloo, will host the event Aug. 19.--fitting since the stadium, formerly named Seagram Stadium, was part of the original site of the historic Waterloo Band Festival. The internationally famous festival drew bands from across North America and lasted for a few days.

The second annual event, sponsored by the Guelph Royalaires Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps, will carry on its goal of raising money for Canada's war heroes at the Juno Beach Memorial in Normandy, France.


Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Drum Corps Wiki needs you

As I am still involved with it, here is my periodic post about Drum Corps Wiki.

To those unfamiliar with it, the DrumCorpsWiki is an on-line encyclopedia of drum corps all over the world, past and present. Have a look and contribute what you know about corps you have marched in, seen, supported. It doesn't cost anything and it's fun. You may have already noticed it coming up in web searches for your favourite corps.

I have been entering things about Canadian drum corps whenever I have a minute. Help me out!


Saturday, June 03, 2006

Kavaliers withdraw from 2006 DCI tour

More bad news about Canadian junior corps. Thankfully the seniors and alumni are doing well.

Press Release - May 2006

The Kiwanis Kavaliers Drum Corps regretfully announces our decision to withdraw from the 2006 Drum Corps International Summer Tour.

At our most recent quarterly evaluation of the organization, it was agreed that the challenges surrounding the upcoming summer tour outweighed the corps beliefs, goals and values.

Although the Kavaliers have been persistent to field a corps over the past 35 consecutive years, and have overcome numerous obstacles, with only weeks to go before the beginning of the season the organization feels that the decision to forge ahead without a strong team of designers and educators would be less than acceptable for our membership.

The Kavaliers will not participate in the DCI competitive tour, however, 35th Anniversary plans and performances will continue throughout the year as planned.

Executive Director Doug Darwin stated, "The Kavaliers are NOT folding and NOT going inactive. In fact, we are just re-grouping for the future. Our management team's efforts will be focused immediately on finding homes (other organizations) for the committed members, volunteers, and staff whose ambition is to participate on the DCI tour this summer".

The Kavaliers organization will continue to support the activity and others involved in the 2006 Summer events, however they have cancelled the two DCI exhibition shows which the corps was going to run in the early season.

For more information on the Kavaliers, please contact

Friday, April 14, 2006

Windsor Guardsmen Reunion May 13, 2006


Tickets are available at Merlo's Paint & Wallpaper for $25 each. Due to overwhelming response the venue had to be relocated to a larger hall. New location FOGOLAR FURLAN CLUB, (Udine Hall) 1800 E.C. ROW North Service Drive, between Howard & Walker. MAY 13, 2006.
If you are coming from outside Essex County and outside the greater Detroit area, e-mail us & we will reserve you a ticket payable at the door. Tickets are limited to the new hall size. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW.
Attendees list will be posted soon. Ticket sales will stop May 5th. 13, 2006

Have a look at the website for updates:

Monday, April 10, 2006

Scout House Concert

Note: Concert location is Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. See map.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Update: Memorial for Danny Maracle

From Theresa Andrews:

Okay guys, word just came down the line.....

Danny's funeral will be held on Monday, March 6th, at The Skwarchuk Funeral Home, in Bradford. There will be a one hour viewing from 9-10 a.m., and then his service will be at 11:00 a.m. There will be a reception after; more information and directions will be given there.

Skwarchuk Funeral Home is located at 30 Simcoe Road. The phone number is 905 775 3335.

If you need more info., or directions on how to get there, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'll get back to you a.s.a.p!!



tdewarw307 "at" rogers "dot" com

Map for Skwarchuk Funeral Home


Hello once again...

Just found something out.....the viewing time for Danny will now be from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m., with the first hour being open casket. The service is still at 11:00.

Sorry for any confusion, I'm letting you know as I hear it.....


Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Danny Maracle remembered

I must give some of you some sad news: Danny Maracle, an Ambassador alumnus, passed away on February 26, 2006. I was notified of this by Theresa Andrews who is coordinating contacts for some sort of memorial which is still being organized.

Those of you in Ontario who might like to attend please contact Theresa at the following e-mail (written out to thwart the spambots): tdewarw307 "at" rogers "dot" com

Here is the text of Theresa's email sent recently to Ambassador alumni:

For those of you who do not remember me or recognize my name; I was once a member of the Ambassadors......I've received your address from Sam King - (thank you once again Sam!)

I'm contacting you with some sad news-
This past Sunday, Feb. 26, Danny Maracle passed away.

Funeral arrangements have not been made up to this point.

When more information is available I will contact everyone again.

Please visit - (well done Sam!)

Pass this on to as many members as you can think of...Anita really needs our support right now.

I'll be in touch!
Theresa Andrews

I'll update this post as I receive more information.

This picture of Danny was taken at the 2000 Ambassadors reunion.

Here are a few pictures of Danny in the Ambassadors:

This one is Dan in the 1980 Ambassadors. He is the big guy on cymbals doing a hi-hat for the snares. (Click for a slightly bigger version)

Danny Maracle on 'plates'

Here he is in the 1983 Ambassadors at the PC convention in Ottawa. I believe he is the last bass drum in line (on the right).

Drum line in Ottawa, 1983

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Capital Regiment ContraCam

Capital Regiment ContraCam

If any of you wonder what it's like to march in a Division I DCI corps show. Follow this link. (You may have to try it a few times to make it work.)

Related Links:

Capital Regiment ContraCam - thread at Drum Corps Planet

Captial Regiment -

Monday, February 13, 2006

Times change

Ollendick to perform with Colts Drum Corp

The Colts have been named “Iowa’s Ambassadors of Music” by the governor. The average grade point average of its members is more than 3.5 and 95 percent of its members are in college or are college-bound. Members of the Colts are between the ages of 15 and 21.

This is not my drum corps. Back in my day it was possible for an non-music major to get into a top 25 open class corps. I did it and at the time I was not a stellar music student. In fact most of the smaller corps were an alternative to "legit" music instruction rather than part of the system. This trend may explain the disappearance of Canadian corps as there always seem to be a bigger divide between music educators and drum corps types in Canada.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Cardinals Drum Corps reunion April 22, 2006

Cardinals Drum Corps Date: Saturday April 22, 2006 Location: Toronto Police Association (TPA) Tin Cup Room 180 Yorkland Blvd. North York, Ontario M2J 1R5 Time: 8:00 pm – 1:00 am For almost thirty years, the Cardinals Drum and Bugle Corps made a significant and memorable contribution to the lives of those who belonged to it. The Cardinals created a legacy of achievements, friendships and memories, which have withstood the test of time. This alumni reunion is being held to honour our past and to renew old friendships. Tickets for this event will be $10.00 per person. Details regarding ticket sales will be sent out in March 2006. Please pass this information on to anyone you know that was part of the Cardinals organization. Please have them email their contact information to, so that they can also be kept informed regarding ticket sales and other important information. Looking forward to seeing you on April 22nd…… The Alumni Committee


Thursday, January 12, 2006

Ambassadors Drum and Bugle Corps

Just a reminder: my Ambassador alumni web site has moved. See the above link.

The old site will go down sometime after the end of this month (January 2006).

DCI Releases Rules Proposals For 2006

DCI Releases Rules Proposals For 2006

By Newsletter
Jan 11, 2006, 12:51

Three rules will be voted on at the DCI winter meetings from Jan. 27 to Jan. 29 in Pasadena, Calif. Instructors and corps directors will deliberate on these proposals at those meetings.

Rule number one is about the location of the sound board that allows for corps amplification, and who operates that sound board. Rule number one was submitted by George Hopkins of YEA!

Rule number two would change the sheet that judges use to adjudicate color guard performances. It was submitted by Denise Bonfiglio and Marc Sylvester, representing the Cadets.

Rule number three would extend the front boundary of the front sideline from 10 feet to 12 feet. It was submitted by Ron Hardin, representing the Santa Clara Vanguard.


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