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 different 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 advantge 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
A typical DCUK show revolves around one central theme, for instance Frank Sinatra
, 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
Bugles (High Pitched) <br />Mellophone
Bugles (Medium Pitched) <br......