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Echoes in the Valley

Jud Spena (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-2135-6 ©2004
Price: $29.95
Book Size: 8.5" x 11" , 227 pages
Category/Subject: MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Military & Marches

This historical and homespun narrative documents a half-century of music and marching in a small upstate New York community. Drum and bugle corps from the 1930’s to the 1980’s.

“Echoes in the Valley” is a history of the drum and bugle corps activity in Watkins Glen and Schuyler County in rural Upstate New York. It chronicles the development of this unique activity from its beginning in the early 1930’s with a dozen or so Boy Scouts to its pinnacle in the late 1970’s as the ‘corps’ grew to well over one hundred members, crisscrossed the country in a caravan of school buses and became state and national champions. Further it paints a picture of a small community proud to support its young people in their musical endeavors.

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Customer Reviews

  "Echoes" Resounds , 10/15/2004
Reviewer: Steve Rondinaro
This book is a prize. It captures a storied piece of the history of Schuyler County and Watkins Glen that touched so many people in so many ways. Jud Spena has done an amazing job of tracing the history of the drum & bugle corps activity in Schuyler County from the very beginning. I lived a part of that history during the Squires’ years in the 60’s and 70’s and never realized what a legacy we were a part of. Drum corps was a major part of the fabric of this community for decades. It’s a fascinating book for a drum corps fan and/or a fan of local history. A masterful job! Steve Rondinaro Broadcast Journalist & Host of the DCI World Championships on PBS Television

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