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Vic Firth Marching Percussion channel on YouTube

Today’s post is from our friend Mark Wessels at Vic Firth.  We asked him to tell us the story behind the new Vic Firth Marching Percussion channel on YouTube and how that came about.

mark-wesselsSince the early days of internet video, Vic Firth was a pioneer in delivering top-quality percussion education and entertainment to a worldwide audience. We’ve tried hard to represent all aspects of percussion – from drum set to concert, marching to jazz keyboard, our goal has always been to reach every genre of music.

As a result, the Vic Firth YouTube channel has grown significantly. Our 205,000+ subscribers have racked up over 57 million views – by far the largest channel in the percussion industry. With the addition of 2-3 new videos each day to our library of over 3,000 videos, we’re consistently adding 1.5 million new views each month!

The only downside is that we’ve actually had to “throttle” some of the percussion content so that we can deliver a balance between all the various genres of percussion, especially during the peak seasons of WGI and DCI.  Because most of us here at Vic have a deep marching percussion background, we weren’t happy with that…  we’re always wanting to do more, not less!

With the launch of the new “Vic Firth Marching Percussion” channel, we’re able to dive deeper into the content that our marching fans want to see.  We’re always striving to go ‘beyond the lot’ to bring you new & exciting features, including “Learn the Music” videos – where you can grab your sticks or mallets and play along to the 2016 DCI shows – to “Vic Licks”, interviews with the show designers and instructors, plus much more!

The best part is that we’re just beginning!  Keep an eye out for the Vic team on the road this summer as we continue to break new ground with the content we have to offer.


One of the latest videos from the new Vic Firth channel.

Drum and Bugle Corps 2016 Season

As the school year comes to an end the drum and bugle corps season is just beginning. Drum and bugle corps are marching ensembles (brass, percussion, and color guard) that travel throughout the country each summer rehearsing and performing in competitions. If you’re unfamiliar with the activity, watch this brief introduction.

There are many opportunities to see drum and bugle corps in competition in Indiana and surrounding states. Here is a partial list of events. Be sure to check out the event information at www.dci.org

June 23rd – Indianapolis, IN – DCI Premiere
Boston Crusaders
The Cavaliers
Phantom Regiment
The Cadets
Bluecoats
Carolina Crown

June 26th – Michigan City, IN
Pioneer
Colts
Troopers
The Cadets
The Cavaliers

June 27th – Hamilton, OH
Cincinnati Tradition
Colts
Boston Crusaders
Crossmen
Blue Stars
Carolina Crown
Bluecoats

June 29th – Evansville, IN
Music City
Legends
Genesis
Pioneer
Troopers
Colts
Blue Stars
The Cavaliers

July 1st – Muncie, IN
Genesis
Legends
Pioneer
Colts
Troopers
Blue Stars
The Cavaliers
Carolina Crown

July 9th – Rockford, IL
Kilties
Racine Scouts
Colt Cadets
Pioneer
Pacific Crest
Colts
The Academy
Blue Stars
Carolina Crown
Phantom Regiment

July 13th – Metamora, IL
Shadow
Racine Scouts
Genesis
Pacific Crest
Mandarins
Madison Scouts
Phantom Regiment

July 16th – Alexandria, KY
Cincinnati Tradition
Jersey Surf
Spirit of Atlanta
Crossmen
Boston Crusaders
The Cadets
Bluecoats
Carolina Crown

July 17th – Dekalb, IL
Blue Devils
Blue Knights
Santa Clara Vanguard
Carolina Crown
Bluecoats
The Cadets
The Cavaliers
Phantom Regiment

August 2nd – Fort Wayne, IN
Les Stentors
Raiders
Music City
Legends
7th Regiment
Blue Devils B
Spartans

The season will conclude in Indiana during the week of August 8th. Open Class corps will compete in Michigan City on August 8 and 9. Look for us at the World Class champsionships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis August 11-13.

The drum corps season is a great chance to see the most exciting and innovative performances in the marching arts. With plenty of shows in and around Indiana, there’s no reason to miss the action!

www.dci.org