A special needs drum corps from Long Island made history last weekend as they performed and competed and the world championships in Williamsport PA. The group, called FREE Players Drum & Bugle Corps, is made up entirely of players with different disabilities. Their performance took place at the prestigious Drum Corps Associates World Championships. It was the first time a special needs drum and bugle corps had been selected to perform and compete at the DCA Word Championships. Some of the team’s members were also scheduled to perform solos.
The drummers and bugle players were crowned the DCA 2019 Grand Champions!!! We will share a video from last week’s event as soon as it is posted online. For now, take a look at a clip from their performance at Drum Corpse International 2018 World Championships.
The WAIT IS OVER, It's FINALLY here!! The FREE Players Drum & Bugle Corps make history as the 1st #DifferentlyAbled or #SpecialNeeds group to ever perform at the Drum Corps International World Championships. Make sure to watch until the end!! Please Like & Share our performance to help promote #Inclusion to show that #MUSIC is for everyone!#DCI was the most #HeartWarming #Amazing expierience we have ever had. We hope that we inspire people with our performance to chase their dreams and to Challenge The Impossible #AgainstAllOddsFREE Players Drum & Bugle Corps2018 Production "Against All Odds"1 – "Fanfare For Rocky" – composed by Bill Conti2 – "Against All Odds Cadence" – composed by Dornell Williams & Brian Calhoun3 – "Against All Odds Ballad" – composed by Kevin Merkel4- – "The Final Bell" – composed by Bill ContiDrum Corps International (DCI) – World ChampionshipsLucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, IN**An extended version of "Against All Odds" also featuring "Alone In the Ring" & "Conquest", composed by Bill Conti will be released July 2019**New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities Upworthy, Disability On The Mighty, Down Syndrome on The Mighty, Autism on The Mighty, The Uplift, **Print Rights, Custom Arrangement Licenses, Performance Licenses & Synchronization Licenses have all been obtained from EMI Publishing through Tresona, for compositions "Fanfare For Rocky" & "The Final Bell" from the Rocky Score, composed by Bill Conti**
Opublikowany przez Free Players Drum & Bugle Corps Poniedziałek, 8 kwietnia 2019
The Corps was established in 2010 by Brian Calhoun, a Senior Music Specialist at the non-profit Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, also known as FREE. The group are part of FREE’s program providing new opportunities to people of all abilities, who are aspiring musicians. They rehearse once a week at their center in Old Bethpage NY. The group also performs in parades and other competitions across the USA.
If you would like to help the FREE Players Drum & Bugle Corps travel to world class events like DCA to promote inclusion, please visit
www.FamilyRes.org/FREEDrumCorps/Donate and fill out the form.
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