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Drum Corps is an exciting educational experience for any person aged between 8 - 25. Lifelong friendships are formed and important values such as teamwork, dedication, and a healthy work ethic are promoted and taken into the persons everyday life.
Drum Corps is a worldwide activity which is gaining in popularity both nationally and internationally. There are approximately 20 units operating throughout the UK and the combined membership is near 1000.
Individual Drum Corps units are located all around the country. Performances and rehearsals take place both inside and outside depending on the season.
Children usually begin at the age of six (there is no minimum age limit specified). Members are able to keep learning into their early adult years. Once a member finishes marching they often go on to instruct at their Drum Corps or another.
No qualifications are required. A Drum Corps is able to cater for all ability levels of performances, from the most experienced to complete beginner.
Drum Corps is an activity which combines musical and movement. The activity began in America in the early 1970's and moved to the United Kingdom in the early 1980's. Their basic concept is that of playing an entertaining musical programme of their own choice and performing a field show of precision marching, dance and other choreographed movement. A Drum Corps consists of a Brass section, a percussion section (using both tuned and untuned instruments), and a colourguard.
On completion of a season a Drum Corps will usually begin learning their program for their next competitive season. The competitive season runs from early June through to the beginning of October with a months break in August. Corps decide their own rehearsal schedule, most rehearse at weekends or one week night in the week, depending on the age of the membership.
The season finishes with a spectacular Final National Championships Event which takes place at the beginning of October where all units perform to a enthusiastic crowd.
Drum Corps can be related to both sport, as it is a physical activity, along with a musical experience. The British Youth Band Association (BYBA) also offers a similar marching band experience.
Most units charge £3/4 per week. Included in this price is the lend of an instrument or equipment to practice on and tuition on their chosen discipline. For each contest their is usually a fee of approximately £5 required to cover costs.
Level of Demand
The table below shows the maximum levels of demand that this activity requires. NOTE: These are not entry levels or levels of requirement and has nothing to do with ability.
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