Welcome to The Greater New Orleans Drum Corps Association Web site. The purpose of GNODCA is to preserve and build on the great tradition of the drum and bugle corps activity; to appropriately represent the greater New Orleans area as well as Louisiana, the United States and the drum and bugle corps activity worldwide; and to stimulate interest in the study and teaching of music and the arts.
As you know the Annual Business Meeting and Pot-Luck Dinner is coming up soon. When: Saturday, October 22, 2011, 7:00 PM
Where: Faith Cumberland Presbyterian Church 3810 Power Blvd. Metairie, LA 70003
Agenda: Annual State of the Association and Units & projected activities
Board Position Election – John Weidman is running un-opposed, his biography is below.
Pot-Luck Dinner – Don’t forget to let Cheryl know what you will bring,
Also it would be helpful if you could let her know how many will be attending.
Parade of Prizes, 50/50 & Door Prizes. Please join us in supporting Drum & Bugle Corps Activity in Louisiana! If you would like to volunteer for a committee, or have any ideas as to how we can improve things, please let us know.
Mark your Calendars:
Echoes - Mardi Gras Parades (There will be practices in December & January, Date: TBD):
Caesar – Saturday, February 11, 2012
Isis – Saturday, February 18, 2012
Strawberry Festival Parade – Saturday, April 14, 2012?? (Anticipated date; Not posted on Festival website yet)
Crescent City Color Cadets – See Rehearsal Schedule on www.GNODCA.org Calendar
Crescent City Color Guard – See Rehearsal Schedule on www.GNODCA.org Calendar
Percussion Unit Coming Soon – Keep an eye on our website for more information.
John Weidman’s Drum Corps Biography:
John joined the St Francis Xavier Mariners Drum & Bugle Corps of S. Weymouth, MA in 1972. He moved to GNO Area in 1977, and joined the Bleu Raeder Drum & Bugle Corps for the fall 1978-79 Drum Corps season.
John has supported several Drum Corps (Expressions) and High Schools (Riverdale, as well as schools in Mississippi and Oklahoma) writing half-time and competition shows, instructing M & M shows and as a clinician.
John joined GNODCA in December of 2004 and marched the 2005 parade season. He has been active with our Echoes unit since then. In 2007, he assumed the Unit Director position for the Echoes. In 2008 he elected to the GNODCA Board and 2009 he was elected Board President. John has been serving in those Board positions till present. John has served as the Association’s Librarian since 2006 and has been our Purchasing Agent for equipment since 2007. He has also served on many GNODCA committees from Fundraising (Jazz Fest and Parades), Tuition Assistance, Social (Banquet, Annual Business Meeting and Reunion), and many others.
Hope to see you at the Meeting!
Go Drum Corps,
Secretary, GNODCA Board
Echoes will be performing in the Independence Day Parade in Houma, LA. The parade will be on Saturday, July 2. Line up time is 11:00. All Echoes members and any other drum corps alumni are invited.
The Greater New Orleans Drum Corps Association would like to announce a picnic honoring the 30th Anniversary of the Louisiana Southernaires first place finish in the Drum Corps International class "A" finals. Any one who was associated with Drum Corps in the New Orleans, Hammond, Baton Rouge ,Houma and Lafayette areas from the 1960's till today is invited to attend, socialize and reminisce . The picnic will be held at laketown Kenner by the treasure chest casino on Sunday August 21, 2011 from 10am till 6pm. Hope to see you there.
The park rules are as follows: No B.B.Q. pits with propane (only briquette), no beer in bottles only cans, no sea food boils, no generators, and no water slides.