|Royal Crusaders compete as a DCI Corps from PA|
The Royal Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, always entertained, while placing consistently in the Top-25 of Drum Corps International.
The drum line pictured is actually from 1979, but I included it because, not only is it a good example of 80's drumming, it is also the platform that provided the basics for the Vince Schaefer drumming music project. The musical approach to playing a modern electronic drum set is similar to playing snare or tenor in a marching drum line. Double stroke and even triple stroke rudiments not generally feasible for use on a traditional trap-kit are quite practical on the rubber pad of an e-kit. After a while, playing on my DrumKAT percussion controller feels just like hammering on a drum.
The picture on the right shows the snare line during a pre-show warm-up. Unique because they played matched German grip on the snares, as opposed to traditional grip, the drum line was innovators in the use of modern rudiments and musical quality. Along with the Santa Clara Vanguard, introduced the use of the practical snare drum harness, instead of slings.
corps played a diverse selection of tunes including music from the
musicals "A Chorus Line", "Magic Show",
classical music by Wagner and Moussorgsky, as well as popular music by
Gino Vanelli, Allman Brothers, and Santana. The
staff included Mike Kumer (best known for: Dean of Music at Duquesne
also taught the cadet corps, a few of those years, and was hired (and paid
in full) to teach the corps drum-line in 1982. Who that was there can forget
the performance at the Civic Arena (pre-parade) of: 'Boris Godunov, the
third world version' by Vince Schaefer. During the spring the corps
had 20 horns, (pretty good for spring as this corps went) a full drum-line
and the guard was almost filled. It was a good winter which had the young
drum line in almost perfect attendance, which was unusual in contrast to
the years I marched. The ensemble was mostly people I taught at Carrick
High, or South
Park, or members that had come up through the Royal Crusader feeder
corps, so everyone was already experienced at my drum-line program. Without explanation,
in May, the board stopped
rehearsals. Most of the members found spots in the Crossman drum-line from
the eastern part of the state, including friends, and future teachers: Diane
Elizeus Bowser, and Pete Harris.
Bobby Bolman who had marched for years in the feeder corps, stopped there
long enough to become proficient at tympani, before moving on to perform with
the world champion: Blue Devils from
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