Hey there drum corps fans! My name is Matt Tichy and I come to you from Denison University in beautiful Granville, Ohio, home of the Bluecoats Spring Training for the 2016 summer tour of Drum Corps International! I am a member here at the Bluecoats, and I play baritone in the hornline. Also, I am a native of Buffalo, N.Y. Over the summer tour I will be sending updates about what it is like to experience drum corps from the member perspective. Often, fans don’t get an opportunity to see what life is like for a drum corps outside of the show night. Through this, I hope to show you the inside experience of the 2016 DCI tour!
Our first place on this inside experience takes us to the Bluecoats schedule board. Every morning the daily schedule gets posted for members and staff to see where and when we are rehearsing that day. Throughout the summer, we rehearse on average between 10 and 12 hours a day. Over the course of the summer, we will put approximately 800 hours of rehearsal into our show so that we can have the absolute best possible product to perform for our audience members each and every night. A typical day with a drum corps begins with some physical warm up and training (running, core workouts, upper and lower body), then we have a block of time to focus on our visual and marching aspect of the show. In the afternoon, we break up into sections and practice our music and playing before we bring it all together for an evening ensemble rehearsal with the entire drum corps.
Here we have the Bluecoats Food Truck, aka the “Chuck Truck.” On the inside of this 18-wheel semi-trailer is a full-service kitchen which has the equipment, tools and supplies needed to feed an army. And that’s exactly what it will do. The food truck provides four meals every day for 200 members, staff and administration. That’s almost 68,000 meals over the course of one summer! The corps works very hard for many hours a day, and in order to do that we need the best and most nutritional meals so we can rehearse and perform at our best. And of course, we could not do ANY of this without the help of our incredible cooks and volunteers!
Even with the many hours that we rehearse and perform, once in a while we get some free time to relax and hang out in whatever town or city we may be in. For a few hours, we have the chance to be kids again without the many responsibilities of the drum corps activity. Tonight is our final free night in Granville before we leave for the start of the DCI summer tour next Wednesday! We decided to spend it by getting some ice cream with friends!
This past Wednesday, the Bluecoats officially finished spring training and left for the 2016 DCI summer tour! Over the next 53 days we will travel nearly 13,000 miles performing 34 shows in 18 different states! When we travel, our caravan of vehicles is quite large. It includes three coach buses, two large RV buses, three 18-wheeler semis, two mini trailers and one large 12-passenger van. Seen here is one of the member buses being packed with luggage.
After the first couple weeks of tour, we take a day off from shows and rehearsals on July 4th to honor our country by performing in parades. This year we were in the Boston area marching in parades in Plymouth, Duxbury and Wakefield, Massachusetts. The corps members always enjoy the 4th of July parades as we have a chance to get up close to perform and interact with many people and fans of all ages!
Matthew Tichy and Ruth Williams update: One of the great things about the drum corps experience, is that once in a while we have the opportunity to set aside the competitive aspect of the activity and join forces across drum corps to just simply enjoy music. And we had that memorable opportunity a couple of nights ago. The Phantom Regiment, Cadets, Bluecoats and the Boston Crusaders combined with the Boston Pops brass and percussion for a concert on the legendary grounds of the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA for an evening that was called the “Tanglewood Brass Spectacular!” The evening allowed the four drum corps to play some of their show music in a concert setting, the Boston Pops Brass performed a number of pieces including a tribute to each of the performing corps and the finale ended with a combined performance of the four hornlines and Boston Pops brass playing Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture, conducted by Boston Pops trumpet and Cavaliers Brass Caption Head, Michael Martin.
Matthew Tichy and Ruth Williams update: This past weekend the DCI tour returned to Florida for the first time since 2012. The Bluecoats and Boston Crusaders performed in shows in Lakeland, Jupiter, and Daytona Beach. On Sunday, both corps performed in a parade in Epcot at Walt Disney World, and following that had a free day to enjoy the day in the park!
As part of the drum corps experience, we as individual people come at the beginning of the season and meet many people we have never known before. We start to get to know each other during spring training as we start to spend full days as a group. By the end of the summer, we consider each other not only friends, but family. Through these 90 days, we are challenged in the best ways possible, and through it all we always have people beside us that in the end we consider to be our brothers and sisters. They are some of the absolute greatest people I know, and I know that long after this summer is over, I will always have them as a part of my life.
Drums Along the Waterfront (DATW) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with the Seneca Nation of Indians (SNI) – Cattaraugus Community Center (CCC) for the Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champions event taking place at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.
“The SNI-CCC is a multipurpose state-of-the-art facility that has been expanding to bring a wide variety of events to Western New York,” said DATW Director Jack Gaylord Jr. “Not only has the SNI-CCC come on board as a corps sponsor for the Tour of Champions event, but they are also opening their facility to the Legends Drum & Bugle Corps from Kalamazoo, Michigan, from July 25 through July 27 for rehearsals and a ‘Prelude to DATW’ performance and educational program at 3:45 p.m. July 26. This exchange program will include a Hoop Dance performance by Darice Sampson and a smoke dance and social song demo for the Legends. This event will also give spectators a glimpse of the performances to come on Aug. 7 when the top seven drum corps in the world come to Western New York to compete.”
“I have spoken with directors of the Legends Drum & Bugle Corps and they are very excited for this unique opportunity to learn more about the Seneca culture,” Gaylord added. “It will also be a great educational experience for the Seneca youth as they will have an opportunity to meet with these drum corps performers who come from all over the country.”
In addition to the July 26 performance on Wolf’s Run Field adjacent to the CCC, the Legends will hold a rehearsal from 1 to 9 p.m. July 25 at Gowanda’s Hillis Field. Both events are open to the public. On July 27, the Legends will conclude their Western New York visit with a trip to Niagara Falls.
For more information on the CCC, please visit http://cattarauguscommunitycenter.com. For information on the Legends Drum & Bugle Corps, visit http://www.legendspaa.org/working.html. And for information on Drums Along the Waterfront, please visit www.drumsalongthwwaterfront.org or follow the organization on Facebook for frequent updates.
Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champions is once again excited to bring the top seven drum corps in the world to Western New York. The event will be held from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, and all of the corps will be staying at local high schools as they prepare for the big event.
“Upon their arrival in Western New York, the members of the drum corps will try to catch up on their sleep — on the gym floors — and then get up and rehearse all day,” said Drums Along the Waterfront Director Jack Gaylord Jr. “Corps are known to practice for up to 10 hours a day in preparation for a big show like the one coming here.”
Following are the seven participating drum corps and where they will be staying in preparation for the event:
Drums Along the Waterfront is a competitive musical sport comprised of percussion, brass and a color guard of elite dancers. For more information about “Marching Music’s Major League” event on Aug. 7, please visit http://drumsalongthewaterfront.org or follow Drums Along the Waterfront on Facebook for frequent updates.
The annual Drums Along the Waterfront – Tour of Champions, Western New York’s premier “music in motion” event featuring seven of the top drum corps in the world, returns to Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.
Sanctioned by Drum Corps International (DCI), Drums Along the Waterfront – Tour of Champions will feature the reigning and 17-time world champion Blue Devils (Concord, CA), along with the Bluecoats (Canton, OH), The Cadets (Allentown, PA), Carolina Crown (Fort Mill, SC), The Cavaliers (Rosemont, IL), Phantom Regiment (Rockford, IL) and Boston Crusaders (Boston, MA). The lineup has 38 DCI titles among them!
Advance tickets range in price from $25 to $45, with children 12 and under half price, and discounts available for seniors, members of the military and groups. Plenty of free parking is available at the stadium. For ticket information, please visit www.drumsalongthewaterfront.org.
Sponsors of Drums Along the Waterfront include WGRZ, The Buffalo News, Townsquare Media, the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites in downtown Buffalo and the Seneca Nation of Indians – Cattaraugus Community Center. For sponsorship information, please contact event director Jack Gaylord Jr. at (716) 867-1618.
For more information about “Marching Music’s Major League” event, please visit www.drumsalongthewaterfront.org or follow Drums Along the Waterfront on Facebook for frequent updates.
“Don’t rain on our parade! Congrats to all Springville Pageant of Bands
participants!”…..hopefully marching on to watch Marching Music’s Major
League August 2nd at Ralph Wilson Stadium!”
Congratulations to Liz Doberstein’s Drums Unlimited for a fine performance at the Holland, NY Tulip Festival!
‘Your adrenalin will still be pumping from the show, but eventually you’ll need a place to sleep..’ ..and dream about next year’s DATW show…
DATW is pleased to announce that the Comfort Suites Downtown is the official hotel sponsor of the DATW Tour of Champions. Guests need to call the Comfort Suites Downtown Buffalo at 716-854-5500 and mention Drums Along the Waterfront to get the special $60.00 rate in a king suite. Hot breakfast buffet and internet included. Valet parking $10.00
“We stayed at the Comfort Suites downtown last year and considered it to be exceptional quality and value. We will definitely stay there this year as well.” — Dan Shimski
Comfort Suites Downtown
601 Main St
Buffalo, NY 14203
For more information visit the hotel website and Facebook page:
A clinic for band directors, Richard Saucedo, Clinician
Sponsored by the New York State Band Directors Association
Assisted by “Directors Band” & the WSW Wind Ensemble
Wednesday, March 25th 7-9PM
West Seneca West Highschool
Buffalo, New York 14224
Free of charge! For band directors of all levels!
All attendees are required to bring an instrument to participate in the workshop. Please RSVP to John Blickwedehl email@example.com with a message that includes what instrument(s) you would be willing to bring and play.
Each participant will be given a certificate of attendance for participating in this workshop.
Attica High School Auditorium
Sunday, March 15, 2015
All proceeds benefit Crossroads House, A Comfort Home for the Dying, serving residents from Genesee & Wyoming Counties.