World-Champion Drum and Bugle Corps to Rehearse at GWU

Carolina Crown

Gardner-Webb will welcome more than 150 student musicians and the sounds of a world-class drum and bugle corps this week as Carolina Crown returns to campus for its annual spring training.

Carolina Crown, a contender each year for the Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championship, has partnered with Gardner-Webb since 2007 for practice and rehearsal space prior to its national tours. Nancy Barth serves as Carolina Crown’s director of operations and tour manager.

“The people at Gardner-Webb have always been great,” Barth offered. “We enjoy having members of the community come and watch our ensemble rehearsals in the evenings. We feel fortunate that we’ve been able to develop a relationship with Gardner-Webb, and hopefully we add something to the Gardner-Webb environment while we are there each year.”

In 2013, Carolina Crown won the DCI World Class Championship, becoming the first former Open Class/Division II corps to do so. That win was followed by a fifth place finish in 2014, a second-place finish in 2015, and a third-place finish in 2016.

Based in Fort Mill, S.C., Carolina Crown is the largest performing ensemble offered by the Carolina Crown Organization. Each year, students from 16 to 22 years old audition to become part of the 150-member national touring group. While touring the United States, the group performs and participates in competitions held in conjunction with Drum Corps International.

Carolina Crown will rehearse at Gardner-Webb University through June 17.