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Good evening Fellow Bucs.
Well I have been dragging my feet putting an email out for a week, once I saw the announcement from DCI regarding the
cancellation of their season schedule, I feared the same would be coming from DCA, and that today would most likely be the
day. So, with no further ado, please see the notifications below.
“It is with great sadness that Drum Corps Associates has made the difficult decision to cancel its upcoming 2020 season. The
events worldwide with the COVID-19 crisis have impacted our strategic partners both at Winter Guard International as well as
Drum Corps International, forcing cancellations for both of their organizations. DCA must be responsible for all involved and
made the same unfortunate choice.
DCA’s membership met on Sunday, March 29th and after thorough evaluation of numerous factors affecting participant health
and safety, travel requirements, logistics, venue availability, and other associated issues is what made us come to this
Above all else, the entire DCA community remains unified in its commitment to preserve the health, safety, and well-being of
everyone involved in our activity. We share in the profound disappointment of the thousands of remarkable performers who
will be unable to take the field this summer with what has become their drum corps families.
We are extremely grateful to the City of Williamsport for their continued support and look forward to returning in 2021. DCA
will honor all tickets purchased for the 2020 Championships and apply them to 2021 assuring each ticket will be for the same
The Reading Buccaneer's (competing corps) has likewise cancelled all events including The Spring Preview, Classic and Big
Sounds in Motion. That puts an end to our spring indoor and summer concert season. The Buc Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps
will continue to monitor the parade events that we normally schedule through the summer and the progress of eliminating this
mind-boggling situation to decide what events we can continue to perform in. I am sure communities will make decisions in
the best interest of their citizen's well-being, and so will we.
In similar news the Hanover Lancers D&B has rescheduled their “Profiles In Music” in York for September 19th 2020 (By the
way that is International Talk Like a Pirate Day - so sorry Lancer’s but we’re gonna be holdin ya’s to that………… ARRRRR)
This 2020 show is not dead, mayhaps merely in the doldrums! So in the meantime, keep the chops up, work your “weapons,”
work at endurance and stamina so when we do get together again for our voyage, we come out strong. I know it will be hard
without the drive and pressure of a rehearsals coming up or “the show’s in a week,” but really for performers, there is that drive
and spirit down deep that says get ready for the next show – when ever that is going to be. We will be touch as soon as we
know anything about any of these parades and please understand the 2020 schedule may be sort of “flexible”
Folks, we lost another Charter Member Buccaneer this week and notice that his family wishes donations be made to the
Reading Buccaneers. Consider this in honor of a guy who was there in the beginning, one of those people that without them, we
may not be having this conversation. And also consider that even though the Bucs season just came to a grinding halt, I am
willing to bet the bills will not. At this point a lot of financial commitments have already been made to pursue another
championship worthy show. They are still going to have to pay those bills and the corps membership dues have just gone out
the flue. (get it? Sorry too soon I guess)
Leon S. Dickinson, 87, of Spring Township, passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Tower Health – Reading Hospital.
He was predeceased by his wife, Janet Ann (Behrle) Dickinson, on January 8, 2011. Born in Reading, he was a son of the late
Irvin and Sarah (Gicker) Dickinson. He was a Co-owner and operator of Dickinson Crane prior to retiring. He and his wife also
were former owners of the Blue Rocks Campground. He was a 1950 graduate of Reading High School. He was a charter member
of the Reading Buccaneers and was a member of the Ringghold New Horizon Band. He also served in the Coast Guard
Auxiliary when he lived in Florida. He and his wife loved to travel and visited the majority of the states in the continental U.S.
He is survived by his sons, Brian L. Dickinson; and Bruce L. Dickinson and his wife Leeanne, both of Sinking Spring; also his
daughter, Beth Lynn Dickinson, of Annville. He is also survived by his brother, Donald Dickinson, Bern Twp.; and his sisters,
Verna Horvat, of Wernersville; and Mildred Drey, of Shillington. Also surviving are his grandchildren: Quinn Dickinson,
Dareth VonGehr, Ashleigh Dickinson and Tracie Witmer. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren. Services and burial
in Forest Hills Memorial Park will be private at the family’s convenience. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the
Reading Buccaneers, P.O. Box 13032, Reading, PA 19612. Auman’s, Inc. Funeral Home, Exeter Township, is in charge of
Prayers and best wishes to all our members and fans. Feel free to say hello to each other on this and any of our other social
media venues to let us know how you are doing, a health watch roll call as you may. Go ahead, this email goes out to over 200
Buccaneers. Fill up my mailbox – email@example.com We want to know you are OK.
We call ourselves a family and family looks out for each other. If you have needs let your fellow Buc Blue family know so we
can see what we can do for each other...… We're All Good Men!
Be Safe My Friends,
Rob Danner and the entire Buc Alumni Staff
In the meantime keep working the music, there are still at least two shows left on the schedule
with a concert setting and depending on how everything goes,
and maybe we can find another gig or two before the end of the year to make some noise.
(good noise of course)
Everyone stay safe, stay healthy, and be careful out there,.
We all want to see each other when this is over.
Stay in touch with your corps cohorts and make sure if anyone needs some help through all this
we can find away to pull it together.
Part of the crew - part of the ship.
We will stay in tune with what is happening
and the board will review our situation and report back to you as soon as we can.
From Your Board - Best Wishes to All
Yours in Blue,