It was a great year for drum corps. The group I write for, The Cavaliers from Rosemont, IL captured the bronze medal at Drum Corps International's world class championships in Bloomington, Indiana this Summer. We created an original show called Samurai which made heavy use of eastern sounds such as Yangqin (an Asian dulcimer), Shimidaiko, Hyoshigi, Chappas, Chudaiko, and many other colorful elements that created a show I'm very proud of. The percussion section was absolutely stunning. Big kudos to all the guys in the drumline, and the amazing percussion staff that brought it all to life!