Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps


Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps

The Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps is a Drum Corps International World Class (formerly "Division I") drum and bugle corps based out of Toledo, Ohio that was founded in 1961. A member of Drum Corps International, it is one of three World Class corps in Ohio (the other two being the Bluecoats and Capital Regiment.) The name Glassmen is based upon Toledo's standing as "the glass capital of the world." They have placed fifth three times at DCI World Championship Finals (1998, 1999, and 2001) and have made the prestigious Top 12 fourteen times, most recently in 2008. In 2006, the corps made its first European tour, visiting France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and England.

The current director is Brian Hickman, and the corps song is Madre de la Tierra. Previously, the director was Dan Acheson, who left to become the Executive Director of Drum Corps International in 1995.

Mission Statement

“The Glassmen provide opportunities that promote and develop life skills and personal enrichment through education, participation and performance” [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=61&Itemid=41] .

Goals

“The Glassmen organization strives to achieve three basic goals. The first goal is to attract, train and further the artistic skills of young people. The second is to teach life skills to young people, including money management, conflict resolution, teamwork, leadership, and time management. These skills, along with the summer touring experience, forever change the lives of the participants. The program produces not only dedicated and talented artists, but also self-sufficient, confident young people who have seen the positive effects that their behavior and talents have created. The third and final goal is to give a diverse group of people the opportunity to not only hear wonderful music and witness an extraordinary performance, but also to give them the opportunity to become a member of this very special organization” [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=61&Itemid=41] .

History

Originally founded as the Maumee Suns in 1961 by the Maumee Suns Senior Drum & Bugle Corps, the group performed in parades throughout Northwest Ohio in its early years [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=67&Itemid=118] [http://www.drumcorpswiki.com/index.php/Glassmen] . Eventually entering the Ohio American Legion competition circuit, the corps was renamed the Glass City Optimists in 1967 [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=67&Itemid=118] . Then, in 1971, the name “Glassmen” became official [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=67&Itemid=118] . Glassmen is derived from Toledo’s standing as the “Glass Capital of the World" [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=67&Itemid=118] . That same year, the corps entered Division II competition [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=67&Itemid=118] . Following a couple years of inactivity which began in 1977, the Glassmen moved up to Division I, soon achieving DCI Member status in 1983, when they placed in the Top-25 [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=67&Itemid=118] . Between 1985 and 1995, the corps set a drum corps record by consistently placing higher at finals every year, starting in 31st position and constantly climbing to 8th [http://www.drumcorpswiki.com/index.php/Glassmen] . The director at this time was Dan Acheson, who was instrumental in shaping the new face of the corps and guiding them continuously upward. He went on to become director of Drum Corps International [http://www.drumcorpswiki.com/index.php/Glassmen] .

The Glassmen first placed in semi-finals in 1991 (17th), missed finals by a tenth of a point the next year, and broke into the Top-12 in 1993, where they have been all but two years to the present [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=67&Itemid=118] [http://www.drumcorpswiki.com/index.php/Glassmen] . Since 1985, the Glassmen are one of four corps break into the elite Top-5 without winning a title [http://www.nikknakks.net/drumcorps/articles/breaking_into_the_top_five.html] . The other three are the Bluecoats, Boston Crusaders, and Suncoast Sound [http://www.drumcorpswiki.com/index.php/Glassmen] . During the time of their rise to 5th place status, Glassmen shows were often characterized as "boring," as the content was so high-brow. While this pleased judges, it did not always work well with the fans. The Glassmen have been featured in LIFE magazine, on PBS Finals broadcasts, and on Japanese television [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=67&Itemid=118] . In 2004 the Glassmen began a partnership with Dynasty USA/DEG Music Products, Inc [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=40&Itemid=67] . Most recently, the 2006 season saw the first European tour by the corps, where they spent time in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and England [http://www.dynastyband.com/news/newsdetail.php?news_id=532] .

Non-Competitive Activities

In addition to their usual summer DCI tour, the Glassmen also engaged in a variety of extra performances, parades, clinics, and fundraising events, many of which have grown to be annual events.

EnterTRAINment Clinics

Chief among these are their EnterTRAINment clinics, which have the motto “training the leaders of tomorrow with the music of today” [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=152&Itemid=121] . These events allow audience members to take the field with the corps in sectionals (brass, percussion, color guard), where they learn the basics of a day in the life of the corps [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=152&Itemid=121] . Staff members explain basics of the activity, and the clinics conclude with a full show run-through [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=152&Itemid=121] . During the 2006 season, the Glassmen gave a clinic in Peterborough, England during the "East of England" Invitational to over 500 local musicians and students [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=152&Itemid=121] [http://www.invitational.org.uk/index.html] . Outside of this standard schedule, the Glassmen have also had the honor of giving additional clinics through the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) [http://www.zildjian.com/EN-US/artists/artistDetail.ad2?artistID=1476&genreID=11] .

All-Star Review

This event is an actual drum corps competition that features the EnterTRAINment clinic and a number of Midwestern corps [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=123&Itemid=76] . Hosted at the University of Toledo’s Glass Bowl stadium, and in recent years Whitmer High School stadium, this event was known as “Key to the Sea” throughout the 1970s and 1980s [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=67&Itemid=118] [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=123&Itemid=76] . A typical line-up for this competition includes the Glassmen, Bluecoats, Southwind, and Cavaliers, which occasional appearances from other corps such as the Phantom Regiment [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=123&Itemid=76] .

howcase Concert

The Glassmen have held this season-starting concert for the past two years and are planning to continue the trend in coming years [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=111&Itemid=76] . This indoors event in late May features the entire corps musical repertoire, both in sections and as a drum corps [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=111&Itemid=76] . The 2005 concert was held in Toledo at the Valentine Theatre, and the 2006 show occurred at the Maumee Performing Arts Center [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=111&Itemid=76] . The 2006 Showcase concert also featured percussionist Mark Ford on the marimba [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=111&Itemid=76] .

ymphony Concerts

The Glassmen have performed with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra three times, in 2004, 2006, and 2008 [http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050519/ART10/505190348&SearchID=7327017033599] . They presented “The Pines of Rome” in 2004, and 2008, and “The 1812 Overture,” in 2006 [http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050519/ART10/505190348&SearchID=7327017033599] . All performances were conducted by Chelsea Tipton II, a resident conductor with the orchestra [http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050519/ART10/505190348&SearchID=7327017033599] .

Monte Carlo

Like a lot of groups in the drum corps activity, the Glassmen have a bingo hall to raise funds for the summer tour [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=109&Itemid=76] . However, it is necessary to do some additional events to supplement the weekly income of this facility. The Monte Carlo fundraisers occur twice a year in February/March in Toledo, and they simply consist of 35 hours of poker in one weekend [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=109&Itemid=76] . Cards are dealt by Glassmen members to local poker players [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=109&Itemid=76] .

Repertoire

The following table provides the repertoire, scores, and placements for the entire recorded history of the Glassmen [http://www.corpsreps.com/corpsreps.cfm?view=corpsdet&corps=35&corpstype=Junior] :

Historically, most of the Glassmen's show music was arranged by composer Robert W. Smith, although as of 2008 the brass arranger has been Don Hill. In addition to their regular show music, the corps maintains a selection of encore tunes that are used for non-competitive events such as parades and concerts. These currently include the following:
* Madre de la Tierra (corps song)
* Time to Say Goodbye
* Lux Aurumque
* Men (And Women) of Ohio

Traditions

The Glassmen have a variety of traditional elements that reappear often in their programs. Chief among these is the modern corps symbol, a triangular shield (shown at top). Most shows have at least one occurrence of the shield in the drill, even if it appears for only a couple of seconds. Triangular forms are also prevalent in drill design. In addition to this, the color gold has been a traditional element, most notably in the successful seasons of 1997 through 1999. Another annual tradition is to modify the shield that goes on the left breast of the Glassmen uniform. Each year has a different variation on the corps symbol that corresponds to the show and adds individuality to each season without changing the simplistic, clean-cut look of the overall uniform [http://fjminc.com/cesario/glassmen/] .

ponsors

The Glassmen maintain many corporate sponsors who supply various equipment to the corps. Following are the current sponsors of the group [http://glassmen.org/main/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1] :
* [http://www.dynastyband.com/ Dynasty USA]
* [http://www.innovativepercussion.com/ Innovative Percussion]
* [http://www.fjminc.com/ Fred J. Miller Inc.]
* [http://www.zildjian.com/EN-US/home.ad2 Zildjian]
* [http://www.remo.com/ Remo]
* [http://dshowcase.com/ Director's Showcase International]
* [http://www.treeworkschimes.com/ TreeWorks Chimes]
* [http://www.rettigmusic.com/ Rettig Music, Inc.]
* [http://www.allstarvacationhomes.com/ All Star Vacation Homes]

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External links

* [http://www.glassmen.org/main/ Glassmen Official Website]
* [http://www.dci.org/ Drum Corps International]


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