‘History means everything’ to Freelancers SoundSport team
Jul14

‘History means everything’ to Freelancers SoundSport team

By Jeff Griffith Not every SoundSport team can boast having been a 10-time DCI finalist. With one of the most storied histories of any SoundSport ensemble, the Freelancers of Sacramento, California, bring an interesting perspective to a relatively new activity, one they’ve taken part in for three of its first five years of existence. “Our history means everything to us,” said Carl Allison, the team’s president. “The corps bases...

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Appalachian Sound looks forward to return in 2018
Jul14

Appalachian Sound looks forward to return in 2018

By Michael Boo Atlanta-based SoundSport team Appalachian Sound recently announced that it will cut its 2017 summer performance season short in an effort to “refocus efforts to offer a high-quality educational experience to more students in the very near future.” The ensemble, which is the brain-child of former Cadets member Christian Stephanos, was inspired after several YouTube views of the likes of the Guardians, a former SoundSport...

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SoundSport’s flexibility a perfect fit for Impact
Jun08

SoundSport’s flexibility a perfect fit for Impact

By Michael Boo For a long time, Sayre Kulp, the director of Impact Drum and Bugle Corps, wanted a program for his ensemble with less rules than a typical drum corps competition, lower costs to operate, and a way to attract more performers. SoundSport, which formed in 2013, was exactly the platform he envisioned. “SoundSport allows us to do things on a scale that’s right for us,” Kulp says. Based in Orlando, Impact’s ensemble is made...

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LakeShoremen find their niche in SoundSport
Jun08

LakeShoremen find their niche in SoundSport

By Michael Boo LakeShoremen, a SoundSport team based south of Detroit, Michigan, has taken on many forms in the marching arts since the early 2000s. An extension of a local drum line named Mavericks, the ensemble got its start in 2002 performing in parades. After a stint as a Drum Corps Associates (DCA) all-age corps from 2005-2009, the ensemble has more recently reinvented itself as both a SoundSport team and a WGI Winds group....

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SoundSport’s Rocketeers blast off into the community
May04

SoundSport’s Rocketeers blast off into the community

By Michael Boo The Rocketeers is a SoundSport team that started in 2011 as an all-adult brass ensemble. Since then the group has grown and found success in taking its act into the community. Based in Huntsville, Alabama, known as “The Rocket City” due to its long involvement with NASA, the ensemble, consisting of about 20 horns and a drum set, made one of its first performances during the DCI North Alabama show at Alabama A&M in...

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