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?”
|Commitee:||Gorder, Wayne, Kenney, William, Lee, John, Miller, Terry|
|School:||Kent State University|
|School Location:||United States -- Ohio|
|Source:||DAI-A 79/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Assimilation, Drum and bugle corps, Ethnomusicology, Reinterpretation|
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