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Online Video Audition
News & Events
Do's and Don'ts of Sponsorship
Another Chip Off the Block
The Tradition of the Clannaugh Ring
Retha Cilliers was truly a gallant lady who gave her all for the benefit of South Africa's young people. She will be missed by her friends from the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps. May her legacy inspire others to pick up her determination and enthusiasm to move forward by providing more and more young people with the opportunity to better themselves through music and the performing arts. We here have witnessed the benefits from the hard work that Retha and her fine staff put into these young men and women, having had 44of them come to America and be part of our Pioneer Corps Family.
Retha, "God Be With You 'Till We Meet Again!"
Roman, Sue, Murray, and the entire Pioneer Staff and Membership.
Read More to see a listing of our students from South African!
With a deep sigh……I need to tell you about last weekend’s meeting of all D.C.I. Corps held in Scottsdale, Arizona. A motion was made and approved that basically allows any type of brass instrument to be used in competition from now on! Yes that means that you very well will see Sousaphones, French Horns, Trombones, Cornets, etc. used.
From the 22 Corps represented, 18 Corps voted for the additions, and 4 corps abstained or voted against the proposal (Cavaliers, Pioneer, Boston, & Troopers). It is my opinion that the drum corps activity continues to march forward at a fast pace towards becoming what I call “Super Band”……Woodwinds, etc. will come next!
Thanks For The Memories
by Roman Blenski
The world of marching pageantry lost a giant in the activities of drum corps, color guard, and marching band scenes. As a show designer, instructor, judge, and graduate of Columbia University, Gary even taught master classes on the art of visual design to colleges and universities around the world.
Gary has worked with many units, among them were the Norwood Park Imperials, Madison Scouts, Santa Clara Vanguards, Saginaires, Toronto Optimists, and the Pioneer Corps.
His creative show design skills, as well as his adjudication abilities have been well recognized. He earned the honor of becoming a member of the D.C.I. Hall of Fame, Class of 1999.
I first met Gary when he was a performer with the Mariners Drill Team from South Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Mariners were a very precise and highly entertaining drill team that earned an abundant amount of awards each time that they performed. I believe that it was about 1959 when they, the "Spectacle City Mariners", became the National Drill Team Champions! Gary was a rifle bearer in the Mutineers Color Guard. He was part of the all-male color guard of the Mariners. His precise manner of performing was noticeable to all and especially popular with the female fans of the guard/drill team circuit of the day.
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