FROM BRIAN FISHER, BOARD CHAIRMAN
I would like to welcome everyone to the 2023 Cascades and Friends events. I am proud to represent the Northwest Youth Music Association, which is a youth development company, as well as the parent company of the Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps.
As an organization, we have been working very hard at rededicating ourselves to developing our youth to become the best versions of themselves they can be through the pageantry arts.
The Seattle Cascades is the Pacific Northwest’s oldest youth organization in the pageantry arts, and we are so very excited to be able to return to the 2023 DCI World Class competitive tour. We want the tradition of excellence to continue to grow for many, many years to come.
We work to provide youth with life enhancing experiences in the performing arts. Our educational programs are broadening students’ life skills to develop them as outstanding members of the community; promoting dedication, responsibility, teamwork and strong leadership skills. Our goal is to provide a vehicle for our members to perform at the highest possible artistic level.
So, sit back, relax and cheer for all the hardworking students you see on the field tonight. These young adults work hard to compete and entertain for you.
Thank you and have a great year until we see you all again in 2024 as we hope to bring back our premiere event Seattle Summer Music Games and even a few surprises.
Brian S. Fisher
Northwest Youth Music Association
“A Youth Development Company”
WE ARE DRUM CORPS
The Pacific Northwest once supported scores of drum and bugle corps that competed throughout the summer. Those days are gone and now only two represent the region at shows throughout the country: The Columbians and the Seattle Cascades. Then COVID hit and prices for food and fuel skyrocketed, causing the Cascades to curtail plans to continue its 50-plus years of performing and competing. But now we are back, revived and reinvigorated. That is the resilience of the activity.
Drum Corps International (DCI), the activity’s governing body, decided that there would be no Northwest competitions in 2023. As an organization, we decided to sponsor Cascades and Friends to showcase not only the drum corps but a diverse array of other performing groups. Following these “send-off” shows, the Cascades will embark on a 10,000-mile national tour and compete in some of the country’s most iconic venues, including the Alamodome in San Antonio, Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and finally in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the DCI World Championships.
Our young musicians and performers come from throughout the Northwest but also from many other states. We begin the process of selecting members in November with a series of experience camps to introduce performers to the drum corps activity and our outstanding staff. Those you will see perform this evening represent the best of those who desire to be a part of our organization. They give up a summer of work and other activities to perfect a show what will be performed more than 20 times in competition. Imagine rehearsing in the July heat in a southern state and then performing that night under the lights before an audience of drum corps fans. That’s dedication. Then we load the buses and hit the road to the next destination.
We travel self-contained with buses, support vehicles and two tractor trailers, one with instruments, uniforms and props and the other with a fully equipped kitchen that feeds some 200 people four times each day. As you can imagine, this is an expensive enterprise. Our budget for 2023 is close to $1,000,000. Your attendance this evening is a big help toward attaining that goal. You can help even more by purchasing one or more raffle tickets. They are $25 each. First prize is a DCI World Championship package for two August 9-12 that includes roundtrip flights for two to Indianapolis on Alaska Airlines, four nights of hotel and three days of championship drum corps (value $5000) OR roundtrip air anywhere Alaska flies (US, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica or Belize) plus $1,000 (value $3500). Second prize is $500, third prize is $350 and fourth prize is a custom checker/chess wood table (value $250). The drawing will be held in Boise on July 11th. You do not need to be present to win.
Thank you for joining Cascades and Friends this evening. We hope that by the final notes of our 2023 production “Revival” you will fully understand why we say LOUD AND PROUD, WE ARE STILL DRUM CORPS.