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Who is Appalachian Sound?

Appalachian Sound is the flagship marching ensemble of the non-profit organization Musical Arts for Youth Development and Education (MAYDE). The corps was founded in 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia, and has received both Bronze and Silver ratings in the SoundSport division of Drum Corps International (DCI). In 2017, the corps will be evaluated for DCI Open Class status, with hopes of becoming Atlanta's first DCI Open Class drum corps.

What is a drum corps?

Modern drum corps are comprised of up to 150 performers who range in age from about 14 to 22. Each corps is made up of brass musicians, percussionists and a colorguard. They perform an 11-minute program on a standard football field.

Brass musicians will normally play on marching configured brass instruments pitched in B-Flat.

Percussion instruments include marching snare drums, tenor drums (often referred to as "quads" or "quints"), bass drums in five sizes and stationary "front ensemble" instruments including various drums, cymbals, tympani, mallets (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone and chimes) and electronic synthesizers.

The colorguard adds color and drama through the coordinated use of flags, rifles, sabers and dance.

What are the benefits to the performers?

Drum corps is an activity which attempts to do much more than provide a performance opportunity for students or entertainment for the audience. Through the drum corps experience, students will learn useful life skills such as leadership, goal-setting and teamwork, among others. Appalachian Sound's curriculum includes opportunities for students to exercise their potential not only as musicians, but as complete human beings.

Get Involved!

We urge parents of our members to come out volunteer for Appalachian Sound. Volunteering not only helps our educational and administrative staff stay focused on making sure your students receive the best experience, but also gives you an inside look at the drum corps.

Visit our volunteer page for more information, or email

Find Out More

Drum Corps International has also created a great guide for parents of a drum corps member.