I was first introduced to DCI, Drum Corps International, in 1979. I was absolutely blown away!
It’s been 35 years since that summer, and I am still as excited, and awed as I was that first summer. So many advancements through the years, and so many of the DCI introduced techniques or special effects wide their way into the high school marching bands.
Last night, at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium, several corps engaged in a season kick-off to preview their shows.
The Bluecoats, from Canton, Ohio, blasted off this 2016 DCI season just like the Apollo mission to the moon, forty-five years ago: a new era. No helmets, and a fiery opening three minutes.
Incredible!!! Absolutely incredible.
Take a look for your self…
Bellbrook HS band director, Chris Foster, stated it beautifully:
“First 3 minutes. Seriously. Sick. Yeah… WGI (winds/perc/guard) successfully imagined outside. Love the uniforms and no helmets. It will engage the audience to identify more, and it will feel more humanistic. Bravo Coats! Another level for others to copy.”
I’ve watched the Blue Coats video several times this morning, and cannot get enough of it.
This summer, one of my recent graduating seniors, John Newcomb, is marching with Legends Drum Corps. I am so excited to see him perform this season.