The 2016 Drum Corps season officially gets underway tonight at the DCI Tour Premiere in Indianapolis, IN. Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the DCI World Championships, will again host this first of the season show.
The annual Crown Preview Show will kick off at 6:00pm this Sunday, June 19, at Nation Ford High School in Fort Mill, SC. This is an important opportunity for Crown to partner with our friends at Nation Ford High School and help the band raise money and awareness for their 2017 trip to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Drum corps members say there is a wall they hit during Spring Training. It creeps up on them at about day six or seven. They say when they get through that wall it's smooth sailing through to the first show of the season.
Carolina Crown members have seen that wall and and they have relentlessly pushed through it as they complete week one of Spring Training. After a successful week of rehearsals the 150 crown members have learned part one of the 2016 show, Relentless.
Many of you have heard the name Donnie VanDoren: DCI Hall of Fame member and longtime brass instructor for corps such as the Crossmen, Garfield Cadets, Star of Indiana and more. Over his career, Donnie has influenced a tremendous number of instructors, including Crown’s very own brass caption supervisor, Matt Harloff, and his team. But Donnie influenced a person with a far more personal connection-his son, Evan. Evan was a trumpet player and drum major with Crown from 2004 through 2008. And after five years working with the Madison Scouts, Evan returns home again to the corps he cut his teeth with.
We caught up with Evan this spring at one of the first camps of the season. We got the chance to talk with him about his return to Crown, what he’s been up to, and his relation with his famous father.