How is Filmmaking Like Drum Corps?

Making any kind of art is time consuming and audiences often have trouble?understanding?what really goes into the process of creating something that you are truly proud of. I’ve often said that the two hardest things that I’ve ever done in my life were marching in drum corps and making a movie (which happens to be about drum corps as well.) There are so many parallels... Read More

Drum Corps and its Impact on Young Adults

Beyond the notes and dots that make up the entertainment purpose of drum corps, the impact that this niche activity has on the lives of young people/students/performers is pretty hard to comprehend unless you have either done it yourself or have seen first hand its effects on someone close to you. Many people can relate to the general idea that extracurricular activities, such as... Read More

How Garrick Found His Home in Music

  My mom loves to tell me about how, when I was just 3 or 4 years old, I jumped up on her little electronic keyboard and improvised a song for her on the spot. She knew immediately that she had to get me a piano teacher. For several years, piano was just something I enjoyed doing because I naturally learned at a very fast pace. Or rather, I liked it because I thought I was... Read More

The Blue Devils, the Madison Scouts & Monsters University

Recently the announcement was made that the Blue Devils drum and bugle corps from Concord, California were involved with the soundtrack for the latest Pixar film “Monsters University” (in theaters nationwide starting today). I’m certain that their distinctive sound fits in well with Randy Newman’s score. ?You ask what does this have to do with the documentary... Read More

How Tom Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Drum Corps

Snares and cymbals during the classic 1995 Madison Scouts show (Tom is on the right side)                               I can’t remember the exact moment, but when I was probably 8 or 9 years old I fell for music.? Like head-over-heels, butterflies in the stomach fell.? At first it was just playing... Read More

Auditioning for the Madison Scouts

(This is Part Two of Mac’s Story, be sure to read Part One “Music in the Smith House & How I Ended Up Marching Drum Corps”) Back in the mid-90s, Mac had long hair down to his shoulders When it came to audition for any drum corps in the mid 90’s I’m pretty certain that you had to request the audition material by snail mail, but I don’t remember.... Read More

Music in the Smith House & How I Ended Up Marching Drum Corps

Following our brother during a high school band parade in Omaha, Nebraska. (1979) Music was ever-present in my life from a very young age.? I was born with much older siblings who played the tuba, and bass in various ensembles.? They took after our father who played tuba from his childhood through college and beyond.? My Dad was in the Harvard marching band in the late 40’s... Read More