The amplification controversy in Drum Corps International: technological change and the meaning of tradition Public Deposited

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  • Maher, Erin K.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Music
  • Drum Corps International (DCI), the principal organization for competitive drum and bugle corps in the United States, caused controversy in 2003 when the Board of Directors voted to legalize amplification of voices and certain instruments. Before this ruling, DCI had not allowed any electronic technology in competitive performance. Supporters of amplification viewed it as a way to expand creative possibilities and make drum corps more viable in the twenty-first century, while many opponents considered it a threat to the future of drum corps as a unique activity with a strong connection to its history and traditions. In this thesis, I situate the recent controversy in the history of technological change and resistance in drum corps, examine the ideology and values behind the amplification ruling and the varied responses to it, and consider intersections between ideological and practical issues in the way this technology has been implemented.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Music."
  • Katz, Mark
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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