The Oregon Crusaders Indoor drumline rehearse for the world championships in LC- The Oregonian. About this project: Philadelphia Inquirer writer Tricia L. Nadolny has spent much of the past year reporting on abuses in drum and bugle corps, starting with an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against prominent director George Hopkins.
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The show started with the sound of church bells and raven calls. The brass players were set up in three arcs around a prop window and door in the lower left corner of the field, while members of the drum line stretched in a single arc connecting the horns to another window and door in the upper right corner. Narration of the poem, snippets of which were heard throughout the show, was recorded by Micah Brusse, a former snare drummer with the University of Oregon Drum Line and Blue Devils, and an arranger and instructor for a variety of percussion ensembles. The return of the violin led into a piece by Kevin Walczyk, resident composer and professor at Western Oregon University. A huapango is a traditional Mexican fiesta dance and musical style, typically danced upon a wooden platform. The piece was originally written in for solo marimba and tape and was primarily utilized as a percussion feature. This particular albado is an old ritual Mexican hymn depicting the soul of an elderly woman being taken to the afterlife.
The show entitled "Nevermore" is very interesting. I beleive the content is of greater demand then last years show and is better designed as well. I really enjoyed their preview. I only wish it was 3 weeks ago like most of the rest of the corps. NW school schedule along with the age of the members requires OC to start in June. Not May like most of the corps.