Two Crown Members Awarded Education Scholarships
While the Crown Drum Corps took home the Bronze Medal and three caption awards at last weekend's Drum Corps International Championships in Indianapolis, two individual members were also recognized. Baritone player, Alex Arbeiter, was awarded the prestigious Jim Ott Scholarship while snare drummer, Phil Andrews, won the Fred J. Miller Memorial Music Education Scholarship.
FJM and Jim Ott Scholarships to Help Crown Members with School Tuition
Crown Takes Bronze Medal-Top Guard, Brass and Visual
What I love most about DCI Finals night is the increased energy. There are longer lines of fans at booths purchasing just one more favorite souvenir, squeezing into overflowing stands, deafening ovations, and, of course, performances that are cranked up a few notches from the night before. The experience is what Steve Rondinaro often describes as “electric.”
DCI World Championship Finals, 2016 Edition, by Gary Dickelman, DCW staff
Crown Relentless Show Takes Center Stage One Last Time
As I watched the prelims and semifinals at Lucas Oil Stadium, it occurred to me that the corps were more or less grouped in threes, especially among the top twelve. To be sure, there were remarkable performances by every corps, and it was clearly evident that the long season of rehearsals and performances were blossoming. But listening to how the crowd responded, and looking at the scores, there were clusters of similar performances in groups of three.
Excitement Grows in Groups of Three, by Gary Dickelman, Drum Corps World staff
Crown Wows Prelims Crowd on First Night of Championships Weekend
After an energized DCI Prelims performance that brought the crowd to its feet last night at Lucas Oil Stadium, Crown is back at work today at Avon High School, prepping for tonight's 9:24 pm semi-finals step off.
Crown Takes Guard Caption, Second in Total Visual and Music
DCI Championship Weekend Starts Tonight
Championship weekend is here and Crown will take the field inside Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN, tonight (Thursday) at 10:19 pm. Crown will perform third to last on the first of three nights of competition. The Blue Devils and Bluecoats will follow Crown tonight in this Preliminary performance.
Crown to Perform Third From Last Tonight at DCI Prelims in Indianapolis
CrownCARES Continues Latest Outreach Program
The CrownCARES community service program extended it's reach into Columbia, SC this past week. Crown board members Antonio Boyd and Chris Buck, along with Crown Director of Development Brad Martin, gave away shoes, socks and CrownCARES shirts to children at Rivers Edge Retreat.
Led by CEO Steve Ware, Rivers Edge Retreat provides life changing experiences to underserved youth in the Midlands through enrichment programs, camps and educational opportunities.
Crown Gives Marching Shoes to North Carolina Band Programs
Crown Program Coordinator Keith Potter Discusses the Meaning of Relentless
The sustained success that has become part of the Crown drum corps’ recent history can be tied very specifically to a consistent team of people.
One key creative leader who has been with Crown since 2003 is Keith Potter. Keith started as a guard writer and consultant, before taking over as Program Coordinator in 2009. He has connections with many Crown staff and designers that go back into the 1990s and span across the activity to many other drum corps and winter guards.
2016 Show Design Developing for Close to Two Years
Come Rain or Shine NightBEAT 2016 a Huge Success
After a near-perfect afternoon and evening of community service and entertainment, NightBEAT 2016 unfortunately had to be cut short due to rain and lightning. By then, five of eight scheduled drum corps had taken the field to entertain a record crowd of over 9000.
Not Even Rain Could Dampen the Relentless Spirit at NightBEAT
NightBEAT Pre-Show Will Fly to New Heights
The NightBEAT pre-show, beginning at 6:30 pm this Sunday at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, has everything a fan could imagine, including performances by The Voice Finalist Katie Basden, The Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, the North Carolina Brass Band and a first-of-its kind Benefit Comedy Show.
But we have one more event to make NightBEAT 2016 THE drum corps event of the season. A flyover featuring The Bandit Flight Team of Raleigh, NC.
Bandit Flight Team to do First Ever Flyover at NightBEAT
Crown Heading East for Atlanta Regional and Home Show
With only three weeks to go, Crown is performing at the highest level and 'Relentlessly' wowing fans across the country.
Last Thursday, after a three week midwestern tour, Crown headed deep into the heart of Texas--fitting for them as they perform their Spaghetti Western-themed show, Relentless. Stops in Denton and Houston dotted the corps' path as they made their way to the first DCI regional of the season. And the showdown in West Texas, in the San Antonio Alamodome, did not disappoint. After performing in front of a record crowd of over 14,000 fans, Crown, Bluecoats and Blue Devils all finished within a point of one another.
A Relentless Three-Way Standoff with the Bluecoats and Devils Fitting Conclusion for 2016 Season
NightBEAT Pre-Show Will Be Must See Event!
With the NightBEAT Presents the Tour of Champions show just around the corner, fans are gearing to see the top corps compete in the best outdoor drum corps show in the country. While the show itself has top billing, the pre-show festivities at this July 31st event are shaping up to also be a must see event.
The Voice Finalist Katie Basden to Perform at NightBEAT
Crown Completing Busy First Two Weeks on Tour
When the 150 members of the Crown Drum Corps exit the field at Blakeslee Stadium in Mankato, MN, Wednesday night they will have completed a stretch of six performances in six days. That's five shows and a July 4th parade. Include the DCI Tour Premiere back on Thursday, June 23rd, the Massillon, OH, show on Saturday the 25th and the Hamilton, OH, show on Monday the 27th and Crown will have performed in eight shows and one parade in just 14 days.
Nine Performances in Fourteen Days for Crown
"The Commandant's Own" To Return To NightBEAT
To celebrate the birth of our nation, the Carolina Crown Organization is proud to announce that "The Commandant's Own," The Marine Drum and Bugle Corps will return to NightBEAT Presents The Tour of Champions on July 31st.
NightBEAT Pre-Show Events To Be Amazing Spectacle
CrownBEAT Much More Than a Drum Corps Show
Drum and bugle corps will return to the Midlands of South Carolina on Friday, July 8, 2016 at River Bluff High School of Lexington.
In addition to bringing drum corps back to the Midlands, Carolina Crown and the CrownCARES program will make a difference in the local community by helping to provide shoes to needy young people.
CrownCARES Program to Help Provide Shoes to Needy Youth in Columbia, SC
Crown Kicks Off 2016 Season At DCI Tour Premiere
It seems like only yesterday that we were at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the conclusion of the 2015 season, and there we were again in that iconic drum corps environment on June 23rd for the season premier. It’s an exciting time for all, but a nervous one for those new to Crown or any of the other five corps that competed.
Recap of the DCI Tour Premiere with Guest Contributor and Crown Advisory Board Member, Gary Dickelman
Crown to Debut 'Relentless' Tonight at Lucas Oil Stadium
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.
Fans Can See Show on the Big Screen
CrownBOOSTER Campaign Kicks Off
The fuel that energizes the 150 Crown members' Relentless Pursuit of Perfection is the 6,000-8,000 calories they burn through each and every day while on tour.
As you can imagine, those calories don't come for free. It costs over $1,200 each day to feed the corps four square meals. From breakfast in the morning, to lunch, to pre-show dinner and after-show snack, the corps consumes huge amounts of high quality meats, poultry, vegetables and fruits along with milk, eggs, cheese and bread.
Fans Can Sponsor Meals for the Corps
Crown 2016 Hall of Fame Class Announced
Throughout the month of May, TeamCROWN members sent in letters of support for one of seven nominees for the the 2016 class of the Carolina Crown Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Committee has reviewed these letters and on Sunday, June 19th, at the CrownPREVIEW show, Crown Co-Founder and inaugural Hall of Fame class member, Kevin Smith, announced the four new members.
Four New Members Announced at CrownPREVIEW
Crown To Reveal 2016 Show Relentless This Sunday
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.
There is NO ADMISSION for the CrownPREVIEW. But fans will be able to make a donation to help the Nation Ford Band.
Crown To Reveal Show and Uniform at Nation Ford High School
Record Number of Golfers Hit The Links at CrownGOLF 2016
Crown golfers looked to the skies throughout the morning this past Monday, but the rain stayed away. Week one of June in South Charlotte, NC can be sweltering, but due to the cloud cover and nice breezes from nearby Tropical Storm Colin, the 80 Crown golfers enjoyed a comfortable morning.
Tournament Dodges Threatening Weather
Crown Completes Successful First Week of Spring Training
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 smooth sailing through to the first show of the season.
Carolina Crown members have seen that wall and relentlessly pushed through it, completing week one of Spring Training. After a successful week of rehearsals the 150 crown members have learned part one of the 2016 show, Relentless.
Crown Moved into Gardner-Webb University
Preview Date Changed to June 19
Carolina Crown is excited to announce that the 2016 Preview Show date and location have been changed to Sunday, June 19, at Nation Ford High School in Fort Mill, SC. This move has been made to help promote the Nation Ford HS Marching Band's recently announced invitation to this years Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Crown To Reveal Show and Uniform at Nation Ford High School
Crown Drum Major Emily Salgado Talks About the Craziness That is Spring Training
Crown Drum Major Emily Salgado is beginning her second and final year with Carolina Crown. She is returning to lead the Crown drum corps with second year member Ross Werner. Emily spent three years as drum major of her high school marching band and is currently working on her music education degree at Furman University in the upstate of South Carolina.
Watch Video From Spring Training
Crown Visual Caption Supervisor Ron Hardin Excited for Season
Visual Caption Supervisor Ron Hardin is entering his fifth year with Crown. He has helped lead the Crown visual program to two John Brazale Best Visual Awards and is looking forward to another outstanding season with the corps.
Watch Interview Video
Hall of Fame Nominees Announced
The Crown Hall of Fame Committee is thrilled to announce seven nominees to the 2016 class of the Carolina Crown Hall of Fame. TeamCROWN members now have through May 30 to submit letters of support for a nominee, and then the new Crown Hall of Fame Class will be announced at the Crown Family Day and Preview on June 18.
2016 Class To Be Announced at Preview Show
Evan Vandoren Talks Crown
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 talked with him about his return to Crown, what he’s been up to, and his relationship with his father.
Evan Vandoren talks Crown
2016 Crown Show Announced
Modeled after Shakespeare’s Hamlet, inspired by Homer’s Iliad, and borrowing from Goldman’s The Princess Bride, Carolina Crown weaves a tale of revenge through the visual and sonic perspective of a timeless Spaghetti Western.
2016 Crown is Relentless
Crown Puts Best Foot Forward
First-year recipients of CrownCARES benevolence included Samaritan Ministry of Winston-Salem, a downtown homeless shelter and soup kitchen and the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School District Music Program. Through a generous donation of time and sharing of revenue from NightBEAT presents Tour of Champions, both organizations received needed funds to continue their respective programs.
The Man Behind the Movement
Michael Rosales returns to Crown as Movement Choreographer. In this role, he teaches dance fundamentals and choreographs dance and movement for the entire Crown Corps.
Michael Rosales returns to Crown as Movement Choreographer.