Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

What is a Drum and Bugle Corps? Reinterpreting Traditions Inside the Musical Community
by Cole, Dennis E., Ph.D., Kent State University, 2009, 269; 10817873
Abstract (Summary)

What is a “drum and bugle corps?” Is it a militaristic or an artistic musical ensemble? Is it a social, educational, or competitive organization? These are a few of the many questions that challenge participants within today’s drum and bugle corps activity. While the phrase “drum and bugle corps” refers to a specific type of musical ensemble, it also embodies a larger community of participants comprised of many distinct ensembles across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Reducing the phrase “drum and bugle corps” into a single definition is problematic, as the internal mechanics of the musical ensemble have changed as the context of performance has shifted historically. Through a contextual analysis of historic and current trends within the musical community, this dissertation embarks on a quest to find answers to the question, “what is a drum a bugle corps?”

Indexing (document details)
Commitee: Gorder, Wayne, Kenney, William, Lee, John, Miller, Terry
School: Kent State University
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-A 79/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Assimilation, Drum and bugle corps, Ethnomusicology, Reinterpretation
Publication Number: 10817873
ISBN: 9780355844696
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