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Band Shoppe Sponsors DCI Spring Training 2017


Band Shoppe is excited to announce a partnership with Drum Corps International (DCI) to sponsor DCI Spring Training 2017, kicking off the historic 45th season of Marching Music’s Major League™.

“Drum Corps International spring training is a special time of the year for corps members and fans alike because it means the start of the competitive season is just around the corner,” said John DeNovi, DCI’s Senior Director of Business Development.  “Much like you see in Major League Baseball when players report to training camp, DCI spring training marks the official start of a new year when things start buzzing with the excitement and anticipation of all that’s in store for the coming summer months. DCI is excited to partner with Band Shoppe to highlight the lead-up to Opening Day of the 2017 DCI Tour.”

As part of Spring Training, Band Shoppe will be offering exclusive online content, interactive contests, and giveaways for Drum Corps fans leading up to the start of the season.

“It is a great privilege any time our company has an opportunity to work with DCI. Band Shoppe is honored to support Spring Training as all the corps begin preparations for an amazing year of competition. We have some really great things in store for this year and we look forward to continuing our partnership for many years to come,” said Jay Pearison, President of Band Shoppe.

In addition to Band Shoppe’s involvement, DCI will feature special online content from a number of World, Open, and International Class corps as well as SoundSport teams from around the world as they put the finishing touches on their productions and get ready to thrill audiences during DCI’s 45th anniversary season.

Spring Training 2017 begins Monday, May 15, lasting until Opening Night of the 2017 DCI Tour at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Thursday, June 22.


Planet Fitness “Judgement Free Band”


New Year’s Eve is an exciting time. But in New York City, the excitement is heightened as over a million people descend on Times Square for the Big Ball Drop. New York’s Times Square performs an annual confetti test a few days before the New Year’s celebration, where an estimated 1.5 TONS of confetti is dropped from the rooftops at Midnight every year. To accompany the 2016 test, a local New York drum line provided some awesome beats to pump up the crowd and get in some practice as they prepared for their performance at the biggest party of the year.

The Marching Cobras, an after-school music program based in New York, had been preparing their routine for months. In two days’ time, they would take the stage in front of millions at the Times Square celebration and put on an electrifying performance. The Marching Cobras would be representing Planet Fitness as the “Judgement Free Band” during the 2016 New Year’s party, sporting Band Shoppe custom uniforms.

SEE MORE: Watch the confetti test before New Year’s Eve 2016


The Marching Cobras are no strangers to Times Square. In 2014, they worked with the NFL to produce a spectacular performance during the Super Bowl 48 pregame presentation. In addition, the group lead the Vince Lombardi Trophy into MetLife stadium that year. They have also been in the movies, appearing in Birdman with actor Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, and Emma Stone, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2015.

Marching Cobras CEO, Terrel Stowers, began the non-profit organization in 2008 with a mission to enrich lives of youth by providing opportunities for artistic expression and leadership development through music, marching band, step, dance, and much more. Culturing teens through music and the performing arts, the staff takes pride in developing the lives of their members by helping them become responsible and respected members of society. The organization services the 5 boroughs of New York and the New York Tri-State area, with outreach programs in Connecticut and North Carolina. All with the hopes of improving the mindset and behaviors of the kids involved.

The organization offers several programs for students and parents to help prepare them for the challenges of life, while bringing families together. “There are transitional programs that we offer as far as job readiness. There are other options with parents coming to meetings and getting involved,” said Stowers.

As the Cobras organization continues to grow, Stowers looks to one day expand the reach of The Marching Cobras to other areas where togetherness and the lessons of music and dance education would impact communities in a positive way.

READ MORE: Learn about The Marching Cobras on their website



The Marching Cobras outfitted in Band Shoppe custom uniforms as the Planet Fitness "Judgement Free Band."

The Cobras have participated in some extraordinary opportunities over the organization’s 9-year existence. But performing on stage at Times Square for New Year’s 2016 would be the experience of a lifetime for current members.

Planet Fitness kicked off a new campaign New Year's Eve 2016 – “The World Judges, We Don't – At Planet Fitness, Be Free.” As the title sponsor of New Year’s Eve in Times Square, a concept was developed to give Planet Fitness their “halftime moment” by producing a New Year’s Eve show halfway through the night, leading up to the drop of the ball. With a Planet Fitness branded stage, they wanted to have a marching band come out and get the crowd amped before the final count down.  After several emails and phone calls, The Marching Cobras were signed to represent Planet Fitness and become the “Judgement Free Band” on their stage. The next question was, were do you get uniforms?

“Call Band Shoppe ASAP! Band Shoppe will get you quality uniforms,” Stowers told representatives with Civic Entertainment Group, A Seacrest Global Group Company.

READ MORE: View an Ad Age article about Planet Fitness campaign


Band Shoppe was contacted by Civic and was tasked to provide a unique, custom uniform that was in line with Planet Fitness, and would also look great worn by The Marching Cobras. The team at Band Shoppe quickly went into action to give them an excellent uniform worthy of the Planet Fitness brand.

“Band Shoppe was great and an absolute dream to work with! Planet Fitness has very distinct colors and Band Shoppe was able to match the uniform colors and the shako. You just really delivered!” said Tiffany Wagner of Civic Entertainment Group.



The Planet Fitness “Judgement Free Band” Custom Uniform Design Features:
  • Pantone Matched Digitally Printed Fabric on Jacket: Get your school or group’s color match
  • Sublimated Applique Patch on Back of Jacket: Print most anything onto a patch and apply it to the garment
  • Custom Shako: Pantone Color Match with Jacket
  • Side-Zipper: Non-standard Jacket Entry
Band Shoppe was honored to be a small part of the New Year’s festivities, working with Planet Fitness and Civic to provide quality, custom uniforms worn by The Marching Cobras for their performance. They looked great and the performance was amazing. But we also celebrate the work that Terrel Stowers is doing, providing communities with safe and healthy alternative activities for at-risk youth, while growing music and dance education, and fostering positive relationships.

SEE MORE: Watch The Marching Cobras perform on New Year’s Eve


South Iredell Recovers From Accident

‘Tis the season! As we embrace the season of giving, and care for those closest to us in our community, Band Shoppe asks that you remember the marching band family across the nation too.

Band Shoppe is very proud to have been a small part of these student’s lives in 2016. But this isn’t about us. It’s about supporting our community -- our music community, our marching community, our education community. There are many music programs out there that need a little support from the music community and their local community to thrive.


South Iredell, NC


On a wet October Saturday in 2015, the South Iredell Marching Vikings had just pulled up to their rival high school, North Iredell, for the first band competition of the year. As students were getting off the buses to enter the school’s main entrance, their equipment truck had pulled up under a concrete and metal overhang in front of the school. As students were walking in, the equipment truck struck a support beam and caused the overhang to collapse.

At first, everyone thought it was nothing as there was a loud scrap when the truck moved under the overhang. But as the truck continued to move, metal and concrete began to fall on students passing through to the entrance. As students in the way of danger began to scream, many became trapped under piles of falling debris. Those not involved in the accident rushed to help their fellow injured band-mates move from harm’s way. And then after the first wave of concrete fell a second wave of material fell from the overhang injuring additional students.

“You realize something wasn’t right. And you are just praying for those kids,” said Band Director Jill Smith in an interview with WCNC in Charlotte, NC.

When the tragic incident was all said and done, 25 students and adults were injured at North Iredell that day – including three with life-threatening injuries. But thankfully, no one lost their life due to this accident. And the South Iredell band moved on. But there is more to this story.


Scene where equipment truck struck a support beam of overhang in front of North Iredell High School.
Photo courtesy of WXII.


When Band Director Jill Smith came to South Iredell, there were only 32 students in the band. Now the band has grown to 130 and the music program has not been able to afford uniforms for the rest of the Marching Vikings.

“We have about 60 kids in the original uniforms and then about 60 kids in make-shift-whatever-we-could-afford. So they can look kind of disjunct on the field,” Smith told WCNC.

A year later, the accident has brought the entire band together but they have never felt completely united when on the field. With the help of WCNC and the support of their community along with Band Shoppe, the South Iredell Marching Vikings received new marching band uniforms. Now the band can finally look as united as they feel!

To view the news story about South Iredell, you can go to the WCNC website at:
http://www.wcnc.com/news/contests/dream-day/one-year-after-tragedy-south-iredell-band-receives-dream-day-surprise/355297509


The South Iredell Marching Vikings in their new uniforms.
Photo courtesy of WCNC.


With their new uniforms, the band has never been stronger. Everyone has recovered from the accident and have grown from the experience.



If you feel compelled to help this group, you can reach out to South Iredell on their Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/SouthIredellHS/


Denham Springs Overcomes Adversity

‘Tis the season! As we embrace the season of giving, and care for those closest to us in our community, Band Shoppe asks that you remember the marching band family across the nation too.

Band Shoppe is very proud to have been a small part of these student’s lives in 2016. But this isn’t about us. It’s about supporting our community -- our music community, our marching community, our education community. There are many music programs out there that need a little support from the music community and their local community to thrive.


Denham Springs, LA


In August of 2016, Southeastern Louisiana was hit with a historic amount of rain not caused by a hurricane. From August 12-14, some areas received up to 25 inches which resulted in catastrophic flooding of the nearby rivers. Flood waters ravaged the area damaging and/or destroying more than 146,000 homes. In addition, thirteen people lost their lives. The National Weather Service was quoted in saying that this type of rainfall happens in the state of Louisiana every 1,000 years. Governor John Bel Edwards called the disaster, “unprecedented” and it is known as the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

One of the areas hardest hit by this historic flooding was the town Denham Springs, LA, located about 25 miles east of Baton Rouge. It was the 6th day of school for Denham Springs High School when the rain began. Music Director Dr. Andrew Hunter had to cancel outdoor marching band rehearsal for his group that day and move things inside when the rain didn’t stop.

As Dr. Hunter recalls, “The next morning I got a call that school had been canceled due to the heavy rains. Later that night, (the faculty) received an email from the principal saying that we might be doing some sandbagging in the morning.”

After receiving this email, Dr. Hunter asked his assistant director to go to the school and move any equipment from, “below the waist to over your head.” They were able to do that with a lot of the instruments and save some of the sheet music but ,unfortunately, the majority of the equipment couldn’t be moved – so all of those items had to stay. The next day, the Amite River, west of town, flooded -- and water rushed into the city reaching as high as 6 feet in some places. Ninety percent of the structures in Denham Springs flooded and of the 185 students in the music program at DSHS, about 135 lost their homes. Life had completely changed for everyone.


Downtown Denham Springs after the Amite River flooded into the town. August 2016.
Photo courtesy of The Weather Channel


Over a week after the water subsided, Dr. Hunter and his staff were able to get back into their band room to see the aftermath. Faced with a lot of uncertainty about the school semester, Dr. Hunter and his team wanted to try and do all they could to resurrect the music program and the marching season from this disaster. But that would prove to be challenging as students had moved to other areas for school after the flood, or weren’t in school aiding with clean up at home. To do this, they were going to need a little help.

“It’s always someone’s senior year, and you really hate to punt on someone’s senior year,” said Hunter. “But I really felt strongly to salvage a good marching season for the students, many who had just lost their home. Maybe this could be a distraction from the reality of the situation.”

Dr. Hunter and his staff implemented Band Camp 2.0. And the community rallied together. School resumed and classes would begin at Noon and would go until 5PM. The staff and students dug deep, worked hard, and practiced from 6PM-8PM, giving kids an opportunity to think about something else for a couple of hours. Many former students in the area came back to the high school and gave their time and talents to help prepare the band for the upcoming season. And so with a lot of help from the community, and a little bit of help from Band Shoppe, Denham Springs was able to rebound and compete in the 2016 season.

The band went on to receive straight superior ratings at all of the contests they performed in during the 2016 season. The group performed at the McNeese State University “Showdown at Sundown” High School Marching Band Festival on October 22, 2016. After missing so much time due to the flood, and having gone through so much, out the 26 bands that performed at the competition, The Jacket Pride Marching Band finished in 3rd place overall.


Dr. Andrew Hunter, Band Director of Denham Springs (Right) alongside Carly, Assistant Band Director (Center Right)
with Band Shoppe sales staff at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL -- December 2016.


As Dr. Hunter would tell his students after the flood:

“Who controls how we respond to adversity? WE DO. We respond the way you've been taught: head-on, full throttle, and determined for success in spite of what may seem like overwhelming odds.”

But the rebuilding effort continues today. The once flooded band room will finally be reopened to the students beginning January 5, 2017. The band recently held a successful fundraiser to recover much of its equipment, but they still need a lot of help to replace everything that couldn’t be saved.



Denham Springs Band has set up a YouCaring page to raise funds needed for replacement equipment and to get back to normal. To help this group, please visit: https://www.youcaring.com/denham-springs-bands-628616.


#BandShoppeLove Belleville East HS

We love hearing from our customers!


Our friends at Belleville East Lancer Bands from Belleville, Illinois shared these spooky images from their 2016 production "Which Witch" with us! They are wearing marching band uniforms, custom color guard uniforms, and using custom designed mover panels.

This show looks like a lot of fun, well done Belleville East High School!!!

photos courtesy of the Belleville East Lancer Band

Band Shoppe is the company who has made all our current band and guard uniforms. The company is about 3 hours away from us in Indiana, so all made in the USA! Thanks for working with us to look great, Band Shoppe. We've had so many great compliments this year!


Thank you so much for sharing your pictures with us, it's always a pleasure working with your group! You all look fantastic!!


We love hearing from our customer! If you would like to have your group featured on the Band Shoppe Blog & Social Media, post your pictures to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, tag us and use the hashtag #BandShoppeLove!


Flag Basics / Installment 4: Pole Weights

This is installment number 4 of our Flag Basics Series, to check out all of our flag posts Click Here.


Our team is asked fairly often about flag pole weights - what are they and are they necessary. In this post, we'll give you the basics, show you a few available options, and give you some tips on how to safely use your pole weights.

Remember: There are no real hard and fast rules to balancing your pole. Pole weighting really varies from person to person, group to group, if they even choose to do so. These are simply guidelines to help take some of the guess-work out of weighting your poles.

That said, let's get started!

What are pole weights and what do they do?

Pole weights, are exactly what they sound like, weights that you add to your color guard flag pole. These weights may come in the form of carriage bolts, specialised "jam" weights, PVC inserts, or even rolls of nickels and quarters taped inside the ends of the poles.

Weighting your pole helps the flag rotate in the air when executing tosses. The drag from the fabric moving through the air causes the pole to slow down and not really go anywhere. Adding some weight to the top of the pole helps it to make the full rotation and come back down. Adding additional weight to the bottom of the pole helps to balance it out a bit – having just weight in the top can cause wobbling if the weight is more than 2 inches.

How much weight to add, if any, all depends on your choreography, what kind of flag your group is using, and whether you are spinning into the wind like during the outdoor marching seasons. If your group doesn't do many tosses during your show, or are spinning during the winter guard season, you may find it completely unnecessary. Likewise, if your flags are very lightweight, as with budget flags or digital silks, you may find that you do not need to add any weight to balance your pole. However, if you're using a more intricate show flag that contains plenty of seams, or larger swing flags, you may find that it takes a fair amount of weight to get your pole perfectly balanced.

Safety First!

The biggest concerns with using weights are having them fly out of the pole and hitting someone or something. This happens fairly often... To prevent damage to property and other people on the field or floor, taping is key. You will want to tape your preferred weight into the end of the pole using electrical tape, add a high-quality rubber crutch tip (such as the VE561), and then tape your crutch tip in place.

If you begin to hear your bolt clanking around in your pole, it may be time to re-tape your weight. If it's still making a bunch of noise, try wrapping with some foam and/or tape around the bolt.

So what weight system works best?

It's all a matter of what works best for your group. Will, a color guard instructor and a member of the Band Shoppe Sales Team says, "I've spent years trying different things and have used everything from nickels and quarters taped together, to washers stacked up, to a bolt and washer, to carriage bolts, to no weights at all. It really just depends on the person and/or group and what they want. I try to discourage people from thinking that unweighted poles are “bad” or “wrong” because it’s not. If you don’t do a lot of tosses, then you don’t need much additional weight and that is okay."

Band Shoppe offers 3 kinds of weights:
  • VE566 Flag Weights - Used mainly with aluminium flag poles, the weights are also called stack weights or "jam weights" because they are jammed into the end of the pole for a semi-permanent fit
  • Carriage Bolts - Available in 1.5", 2", 3", and 4" lengths. Carriage bolts may be the most popular way to weight your flag because you have more control to pick the exact combination of weight needed for your flag and choreography needs.
  • Flag Pole Weight Anchors - These anchors are a new product from DSI that screws onto the carriage bolt to help lock it into the pole and muffle clanking using a rubber gasket. The jury is still out on whether these anchors are worth the investment but give them a try – they may be perfect for your group.

Determining the size if your weight:

The amount of weight needed for your flag will depend on a few factors.
  1. The size and weight of your flag
  2. Your choreography and how much equipment-work your group performs
  3. Wind conditions (in outdoor performance situations)
  4. Personal preferences
The only way to find the perfect weight for your situation is to experiment. Try a few different combinations of weights in a couple of different poles. A good starting point for experimenting with weights is to choose a carriage bolt in the top of the pole that's about 1/2″ longer than the bolt in the bottom end of the flag. For example, a 2″ long bolt in the top with a 1 1/2″ bolt in the bottom. Then, toss & spin through difficult sections of your choreography to determine which feels the best.

Tape, tape, tape, aaaand a little more tape...

Now that we have all that out of the way, we're ready to install our weights. We've put together this handy, printable guide help get you started! Click Here for the PDF version.

Here's what you'll need: 2 Rubber Crutch TipsYour Pole Weight of Choice (we are using a Carriage Bolt for this example), A Flag Pole (whatever size you wish), Scissors, and Plenty of Electrical Tape.



#BandShoppeLove Oak Ridge HS Color Guard

We love hearing from our customers!


Congratulations to Oak Ridge High School Color Guard on a fantastic year, winning second place in their class, and the second highest score of the day at their September 24th competition! The guard ended their season with their best run of the year and looked fantastic doing with their Band Shoppe customer uniforms and flags.

photos courtesy of Oak Ridge High School Color Guard

We are LOVING these costumes! Thank you for such wonderful products and service! Working with Will was absolutely fantastic and we can't wait to do it again!


Thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing your experience with us – we look forward to working with you all again in the coming winter guard season!


We love hearing from our customer! If you would like to have your group featured on the Band Shoppe Blog & Social Media, post your pictures to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, tag us and use the hashtag #BandShoppeLove!


Get ready for Fall with new Warm-ups!


Back-to-school means fall training for the 2016 marching season will be kicking into full gear and we’ve started thinking about all the essentials that music athletes need to feel great from the library to the field. Whether you’re happy to be back or counting down the days to Fall Break, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite styles for the whole team. Check them out below!



Stay Warm with Fleece


Without a doubt, the Campus Microfleece Jacket from Team 365 is our favorite new jacket.

If you have to be out in cold temperatures and chilly winds, you want something can keep you warm without feeling stuffy or overheated. This fluffy fleece jacket is excellent at insulating body heat, keeping you protected from the temperature outside your jacket.

Add embellishment to any of our in stock warmups!


The Campus Microfleece Jacket is made from super soft 5.9 oz., 100% polyester microfleece with an anti-pill finish, comes in 16 vibrant team colors, and is available in a wide range of sizes: Men's (CH7254) XS-4XL, Ladies' (CH7255) XS-3XL, and Youth (CH7256) S-XL.

And at just $21.95 each (plus a little more for embroidery) it won't break the bank!





Made for Performance 


adidas is known for their sports gear - that same research and technology is built-in to these warmups! The Climalite Utility Jacket is built with athletes in mind. Made from moisture wicking fabric, the patented Climalite fabric pulls sweat away from the body to promote cooling and lets you stay dryer longer during performances. Climalite Utility Pants are also available.

Full back, left chest, sleeves or yolk, add embroidery almost anywhere!!


The adidas Climalite Utility Jacket is made from 100% polyester tricot with the three stripe taping only available from adidas. This warm-up is available in 6 in stock colors and is available in Adult (CH7270) sizes S-3XL and Women's (CH7270W) sizes XS-2XL.

These warmups will keep you warm but are also comfortable and flexible enough to actually march or dance in.





All Weather Protection


With its all-weather protection, and comfortable classic fit, the Collision jacket from Holloway is a Band Shoppe Best Seller!

If you're looking for function on and off the field, the Collision jacket is a perfect choice. The lightweight heather grey jersey lining adds a layer of comfort and warmth, and the outer Micron poly shell is wind and water resistant. Add in the Sable Pant, you can be sure that you're protected from head to toe!

Send us your logo or have our designers create your next embroidery!


The Collision Jacket's 100% polyester shell is lightweight, wind/water-resistant, and quiet for comfortable movement. It comes in 9 team colors and features a standard unisex fit Adult (CH7189) sizes S-3XL and Youth (CH7198Y) sizes S-XL, so there's no guesswork!



Lightweight Brushed Tricot and fleeces, to all weather options, and warm up accessories like headbands, beanies, and gloves - no matter what style you choose Band Shoppe has an option for you. Check out our full selection of warm-ups and accessories at bandshoppe.com!


Post DCI Wrap Up

2016 DCI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP


Thursday, August 11 began an incredible weekend of drum and bugle corps competition as all of the top DCI teams met in Indianapolis to face-off for the 2016 title. The prelim round gave a taste of what to expect as the competition was fierce this year. All 37 corps in attendance stepped up their game with outstanding music and elegant pageantry making 2016 the most entertaining but difficult year to score yet.

all-corps DCI 2016
All top 12 corps on field at Lucas Oil Stadium at Drum Corps International World Championships August 11-13, 2016.


PRELIMS


The Blue Coats, from Canton, OH scored the highest in corps history in the prelim round with a score of 97.225 and would continue to dominate throughout the rest of the competition. The 2014 and 2015 champion Blue Devils from Concord, CA trailed by 0.625 points with a score of 96.600 – the largest gap between the two corps this season. But the Blue Devils did take first place in the visual caption.

Rounding out the top 25, Carolina Crown (3rd, 96.263) was second in the visual caption over the Bluecoats and second in music over the Blue Devils. Santa Clara Vanguard (4th, 94.300), the Cadets (5th, 93.475), and the Cavaliers (6th, 93.213) finished in the top 6. Blue Knights (7th, 90.925), Phantom Regiment (8th, 90.600) and Blue Stars (9th, 89.975) finished closely together, all divided by less than a point.

Looking to make finals for the first time, The Academy (11th, 87.150) kept themselves in the running, with a 1.462-point lead over the Madison Scouts (12th, 85.688). With their show, “Quixotic,” The Boston Crusaders came out with a strong performance to put them in position for a strong semifinal round (13th, 84.900). Troopers (14th, 83.438) were next followed by the open class champion Blue Devil B (15th, 82.650).

Completing the top 25 who advanced to the semifinal round were Colts (16th, 82.575), Mandarins (17th, 81.000), Oregon Crusaders (18th, 79.900), Pacific Crest (19th, 78.775), Vanguard Cadets (20th, 78.688), Spirit of Atlanta (21st, 77.500), and Seattle Cascades (22nd, 76.388). Legends (23rd, 75.975), Genesis (24th, 73.300) and Spartans (25th, 73.125) led the next pack of Open Class corps that all advanced to Semifinals on Friday.

SEMIFINALS


As the rain began to fall in Indy, the tension began to heat up inside Lucas Oil Stadium. All of the groups were on-par as the competition intensified. After the initial round, it appeared that the World Champion Blue Devils were in danger of being dethroned as the Blue Coats (1st, 97.263) scored ahead of the Blue Devils (2nd, 96.988) in the semifinal round. Carolina Crown (3rd, 96.925), and Santa Clara Vanguard (4th, 94.888) stayed steady in their positions while the “Green Machine” Cavaliers (5th, 93.775) and Cadets (6th, 93.225) swapped positions from prelims. Blue Knights (7th, 91.625), Phantom Regiment (8th, 89.763) and Blue Stars (9th, 89.475) finished in identical placements from prelims. The Crossmen (10th, 87.650) had a strong performance marking their third-straight final appearance. And making it to the World Class finals for the first time were The Academy (11th, 87.225) from Tempe, AZ.

Going into Semifinals, the Boston Crusaders (12th, 85.525) were in serious danger of missing finals for the first time in 17 years. But with a wink in their eye and a pep in their step, they performed their best show of the season. Called the comeback of the decade, the biggest upset of the night came when the Crusaders jumped into the last Finals-night spot at the expense of the Madison Scouts (13th, 85.263). Madison held a 0.788-point lead on Boston after the Prelims and fell out of the top-12 for the first time since 2009 and just the fourth time since 1973. 

RJ Thompson Wink
A wink from Boston Crusaders trumpet player R.J. Thompson during their Semifinals performance on August 12.


FINALS


While the monsoon continued outside of Lucas Oil Stadium, over 22,000 fans of drum corps descended on Indianapolis as the excitement of finals built. The atmosphere was charged and the crowd was primed for a spectacular evening of entertainment.

All of the corps who reached the final round gave everything they had on the field for their final performances. As the Blue Devils have dominated the past 6 of the last 10 years, the Blue Coats pushed ahead and brought home their very first DCI World Championship title with the Blue Devils receiving 2nd place. The Blue Coats are only the 10th corps to have their name affixed to the Founders Trophy in the 44 years of DCI’s existence.

Carolina Crown not only received 3rd place with its score of 97.088, they took home the George Zingali Award for Best Color Guard, the John Brazale Best Visual Performance Award, and the Jim Ott Best Brass Performance Award.

The season ended on a high note for the Boston Crusaders. According to drum major Mark Hambleton, 2016 has been “one giant rollercoaster ride” for the corps that ended with a 12th-place finish and a score of 84.800. “Our corps is one of great resilience over the years,” Hambleton said. “We have a tradition of never dying, even when the odds are all against us. Even when everyone else around us told us we couldn’t do it, we knew we could, and obviously perseverance led us to where we are today.”

DCI Founders Trophy
A shot of the DCI Founders Trophy with the World Class Champion Blue Coats in the background.

And as the dust settles from Drum Corps International World Championships in Indianapolis, all of us at Band Shoppe would like to give a HUGE congratulations to all of the talented music athletes and dancers who took the field on August 11th through August 13th for the 44th annual DCI World Championships! You all looked and sounded fantastic, all of your hard work was evident in the extraordinary shows presented over the course of those three days. 

Band Shoppe also would like to thank all of the volunteers and support staff who devote their time and energy to make DCI World Championships happen. Your hard work is what makes this all happen! 

Thank you for a wonderful season! We look forward to next year and Drum Corps International’s historic 45th anniversary.

Meet the Crusaders / Tony Madore


In celebration of the 2016 DCI Drum Corps Season, Band Shoppe and The Boston Crusaders are pleased to present Meet the Crusaders. This is part 8 of a 12 part series with Q & A with a few of the amazing people that make up this Corps of Giants!
Want more? read past Q & A's.

Tony Madore - 2016 Boston Crusaders Trumpet Section Leader


photo courtesy of the Boston Crusaders

Q: What is your full name, how old are and how many years have you been with the Boston Crusaders?

Tony Madore, 19 years old, this is my 4th year with Boston

Q: Where are you from?

East Lyme, Connecticut

Q: Where do you go to school?

University of Connecticut

Q: What do you what to study or what is your current major?

Landscape Architecture



Q: What is your role with the Boston Crusaders?

I am the Trumpet Section Leader

Q: What was your inspiration to become a Boston Crusader? 

My older Brother Max inspired me to become a Boston Crusader. This organization played a large role in helping my brother grow into who he is today. Thanks to Max and BAC I have learned so much about myself and have grown as a person more than I could have ever imagined.

 What does being a Crusader mean to you? 

To me, being a Boston Crusader means being the best version of myself every day, but also not letting anything stand in my way of my goals.

Q: What advice would you give to future Crusaders? 

Get to know as many Alumni as you can, their "back when I marched" stories are awesome! Especially because you'll tell a young member your own stories some day.

Q: Who inspires you? 

My Grandfather, Anthony Machado, who has taught me that no matter what life throws at you, staying level-headed and keeping your faith will see you through. He's taught me that the impossible can be achieved even when the odds seem against you. His peaceful way of life inspires me to approach each day with a clear mind. And to top it all off he's my best friend.






B O N U S   Q U E S T I O N S !

What is your favorite kind of cookie?

Oreos, they are dangerously delicious

Who is your favorite Disney villain?

Scar from the lion king

What is the one, single food that you would love to have right now?

My Grandma's chocolate chip cookies that she only makes at Christmas time

What do you think cats dream about?

They probably dream about finally catching the mysterious red dot.



Meet the Crusaders / Meghan Dyer


In celebration of the 2016 DCI Drum Corps Season, Band Shoppe and The Boston Crusaders are pleased to present Meet the Crusaders. This is part 6 of a 12 part series with Q & A with a few of the amazing people that make up this Corps of Giants!
Want more? read past Q & A's.

Meghan Dyer - 2016 Boston Crusaders Flag Line


photo courtesy of the Boston Crusaders

Q: What is your full name, how old are and how many years have you been with the Boston Crusaders?

My name is Meghan Dyer, I am 18 years old, and this is my first year with the corps.

Q: Where are you from?

I'm from Lake Orion, Michigan

Q: Where do you go to school?

I will be attending Central Michigan University beginning this fall.

Q: What do you what to study or what is your current major?

My major is secondary education with a major in English and a minor in history.



Q: What is your role with the Boston Crusaders?

I am a member of the flag line in the color guard.

Q: What was your inspiration to become a Boston Crusader? 

I’ve wanted to be a Boston Crusader since I first saw them perform in 2011; Les Mis is one of my favorite musicals, and I loved Revolution. I was set on Boston, however, when they did RISE in 2013. I thought the show was so beautiful and the color guard was amazing. Crusader Cam also really influenced my choice; everyone seemed so fun and happy to be a member of the corps, and it made me want to be around such a positive atmosphere.

Q: What does being a Crusader mean to you? 

To me, being a Boston Crusader means always striving to be better than you were the day before and always motivating yourself to reach your full potential. It means being a member of a loving and supportive family and feeling at home when you're hundreds of miles away from it.

Q: What advice would you give to future Crusaders? 

Come to auditions with an open mind and a willingness to try new things and work hard. Having a solid work ethic and flexibility in your abilities, as well as a positive attitude, will get your far in the activity.

Q: Who inspires you? 

The entire staff inspires me! They are SO amazing at what they do and are fantastic teachers and facilitators of growth.






B O N U S   Q U E S T I O N S !

hat is your favorite kind of cookie?

Peanut butter cookies are the bomb!

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

I would be highlighter green because my energy level is always at a ten.

If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?

Total Eclipse of the Heart! (I'll need a partner that isn't tone deaf like me to balance me out)

If you were a scented marker, what would you smell like?

Cotton candy

Who is your favorite Disney villain?

Gaston



What’s your secret hidden talent?

I can count to ten (poorly) in Japanese!

What is the one, single food that you would love to have right now?

Oatmeal Creme Pies! (I have some in my bus box!)



What’s your spirit animal & why?

I wanted to say a sea turtle but three people just told me it's an otter so I guess I was otterly wrong.

What do you think cats dream about?

I think cats probably dream about quantum physics and catnip.



Meet the Crusaders / RJ Thompson


In celebration of the 2016 DCI Drum Corps Season, Band Shoppe and The Boston Crusaders are pleased to present Meet the Crusaders. This is part 5 of a 12 part series with Q & A with a few of the amazing people that make up this Corps of Giants!
Want more? read past Q & A's.

RJ Thompson - 2016 Boston Crusaders Trumpet Player



photo courtesy of the Boston Crusaders

Q: Whats your name, age, and years how many years have you been with the corps?

I am RJ Thompson, I'm 17 and this is my first year with the Boston Crusaders

Q: Where are you from?

I am from Richmond, Texas.

Q: Where do you go to school?

I go to Kempner High School. I am hoping to go to school at Northwestern, for trumpet performance.



Q: What is your role with the Boston Crusaders?

I am a trumpet player.

Q: What was your inspiration to become a Boston Crusader? 

I grew up with drum corps, and knew some of the history, and seeing all of these seemingly random people come together and make this amazing, family-like organization and create something simply beautiful, while having so many hard times in the past made me realize that this is the place I should be.

Q: What does being a Crusader mean to you? 

Being a crusader is giving your all at anything put in your way. Seeing the corps’ history and seeing all of the rough times, and then seeing how those Giants pushed through to create something bigger than just to give all of us the opportunity shows me what it takes to be a giant, a Boston crusader.

Q: What advice would you give to future Crusaders? 

My advice to a future crusader is to just give yourself to the activity. No one here is going to make you uncomfortable, and no one supports you as much as the corps does, on and off the field.

Q: Who inspires you? 

Steve Brown, the Boston Crusaders Brass Consultant, inspires me.






B O N U S   Q U E S T I O N S !




Q: What's your favorite kind of cookie?

My favorite kind of cookie is for sure a dark German chocolate dough, with dark chocolate chips, and a gooey chocolate center.


Q: Who is your favorite Disney villain?

My favorite Disney villain is with out a doubt Maleficent. She put someone to sleep, and literally nothing could wake her up. NOTHING. Pretty intense if you ask me...



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