Drum Corps United Kingdom

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Drum Corps United Kingdom
DCUK logo.gif
Drum Corps United Kingdom Main Logo
TypeDrum and Bugle Corps
LocationUnited Kingdom
Founded1980
No. of corps27
Current championsKidsgrove Scouts (2010 Open Corps)
WebsiteDCUK.org.uk
 
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Drum Corps United Kingdom
DCUK logo.gif
Drum Corps United Kingdom Main Logo
TypeDrum and Bugle Corps
LocationUnited Kingdom
Founded1980
No. of corps27
Current championsKidsgrove Scouts (2010 Open Corps)
WebsiteDCUK.org.uk

Drum Corps United Kingdom (DCUK) is a governing organization for drum and bugle corps in the United Kingdom. DCUK operates the British drum corps circuit which holds drum and bugle corps competitions for corps across the country. It is part of the national charity - Marching & Performings Arts UK - http://www.mpauk.org.uk

Competitive corps participate in competitions between the months of July & September, traditionally the British Drum Corps Championships occurs on either towards the end of September. Competitions occur various surfaces and arenas and are judged by a panel of volunteers on general effect, visual performance, and musical performance. Every year, each drum corps prepares a single new show, approximately 8–15 minutes in length, and carefully refines this throughout the entire summer year. This focus on a singular show takes advantage of the large amount of time needed to honing and refining a modern drum corps program, with a momentum that continues to build up to the last performance of the season.

Musical composition and instruments[edit]

A typical DCUK show revolves around one central theme, for instance Frank Sinatra or Jazz, with songs fitting for the style.

Many Drum Corps performances begin with a Prologue which is usually linked into one of the main tunes that the corps is playing in the show.

The most typical Corps consists of:

Bugles

Soprano Bugles (High Pitched)
Mellophone Bugles (Medium Pitched)

Baritone Bugles (Mid-Low pitch)

Contrabass Bugle (Bass Pitch)

Marching Percussion

Bass Drum

High Tension Snare Drum

Tenor Drums

Static Percussion

Arrangement of Static Orchestral Percussion instruments for instance:

Marimba

Xylophone

Tubular bells

Visual Members

The visual section of a drum corps is referred to as the Colour Guard, these marching members are there purely for visual decoration. Using flags, wooden sabres and rifles as a norm, however on rare occasions a drum corps show can revolve around the colour guard performance with the use of props.

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