Drum Corps (one referred to as Drum and Bugle Corps) is an original American art form. The beginning can be traced to veteran organizations such as the VFW and the American Legion, as well as organizations such as the Catholic Youth Organization. Soldiers returning from World War I celebrated Veteran's Day and the Independence Day by marching parades to the drum and the bugle, just as they had done during the war.
Drum Corps is a musical marching unit (similar to a marching band) comprised of three distinct sections; brass, percussion and visual. The visual department also encompasses the colorguard. The Colorguard of yesteryear focused solely on honoring or guarding the national 'Colors'. Today's color guard does that and much, much more. The guard interprets the music played by the brass and percussion sections. They do this by use of specific choreography, specially designed props and elaborate costumes. The percussion section incorporates all types of rudimental drumming and utilizes a variety of traditional and non-traditional percussion instruments. The brass section performs on bell-front horn pitched in the key of Bb and F.
Storm plans to perform in a number of parades and events during the months of November through August parallel to our rehearsal schedule and end the season at The SoundSport International Music & Food Festival as part of the Drum Corps International Championships in Indianapolis, IN.
Storm will work through the winter months to select, prepare and perfect a field show that is between six and seven minutes in length in addition to our parade and exhibition repertoire. Referred to as Broadway on a football field, drum corps members spend countless hours rehearsing music, choreography and drill. The season begins in November, when the corps meets, usually once a month, for a weekend camp. These rehearsals run from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon and are typically held in university of public school facilities, with practices in bands rooms, choir rooms, cafeterias and gymnasiums. The focus of these rehearsals is to assess basic skills and raise the performance level while teaching the music for the upcoming season.
The organization's vision is to create a healthy environment that allows young people to display great attitudes, striving for excellence and a fearless commitment to become true ambassadors of the art of music pageantry. Our ultimate goal is for our members to become great performers, experienced leaders and exceptional citizens.
Storm focuses on the musicians living in the South Western Indiana, Northern Kentucky and Easter Illinois but is open to all regions for membership and will offer the members the chance to interact with the community and develop their leadership skills, perform at a high level.
Our management team consists of a Board of Directors which will work closely with the Administrative Team of the Drum Corps to develop a community organization to be proud of.
The mission of the Indiana Storm Productions is to provide young people with an enriching environment through education that develops excellence in performance and person. The pursuit of perfection in the performing arts builds character, self-discipline, self-confidence, pride, and achievement. These values that will last a lifetime will lead to success in life far beyond any practice field or venue. Our young people will take their experiences as they are Homeward Bound, enriching the lives of their own community.