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This year we were invited to open up the 4th Annual Moon Festival and Fashion Show by Asian In NY. Though it was our first time performing at the event, we felt right at home. It didn’t hurt that the show took place in the New York Chinese School auditorium. Our commute was about 5 flights of stairs. Not bad!
The fife line has always set the Crimson Kings apart from other drum corps. Traditionally corps are either fife & drum or drum & bugle, but rarely are there corps that integrate all three lines as a single unit. And teaching that line is the newest addition to the Crimson Kings instructional, Charlotte Acevedo. She is a flautist attending Lehman College majoring in music with a minor in psychology. Having played the flute since the 4th grade and also skilled at the piccolo, she brings a new dimension to the Corps. (more…)
It’s the dog days of summer, and looking back at 2012 so far, the Crimson Kings have had a very accomplished 2012 so far. From increasing membership to recording the first ever album, we’ve continued to forge ahead with a string of performances and new experiences for the Corps. Last weekend, August 10th through the 11th, we managed to check off another one of our big goals. We performed at Hershey Park in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
After an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign, we hit the studio on May 20th to record the first ever Crimson Kings album. We recorded at MSR Studios. It was an experience of a lifetime to record in a world-class studio like MSR. In the week prior to us using the facility, Bono and The Edge of U2 was there recording. Beyoncé was also there recording too! And recently Beatle’s legend Paul McCartney was recording at MSR. Saying the Crimson Kings in the same breath as these music greats is quite unreal. (more…)
This year we were invited to participate in the 33rd Annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Festival hosted by the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans. It took place Saturday, May 12th in the heart of DUMBO Brooklyn. It was a great change of pace for us as we’ve been working really hard preparing for the upcoming recording session. We kicked off the festival by marching through the main area towards the main stage performing Simple Gifts. Once on stage, we performed our parade routine without a hitch. It was actually the first performance for a few of our members too! They all did great. (more…)
It’s just about midnight and The Edge has just left the building. They are in town for a gig and asked to use our rehearsal space for a run-through of their show. For almost six straight hours they rehearsed with energy and heart. Each note, each toss, each beat kept Chinatown awake and tapping their toes.
HELP US RECORD OUR FIRST ALBUM.
Our goal is to give our members a chance to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and parade at Disney World. However, we can’t apply for such events without a great recording. We would be eternally grateful if you could help us raise the funds needed to record, mix, and press a CD. To help, please make a pledge to our Kickstarter campaign! Pledges start at $5 and every pledge level receives a sweet reward for your generosity. (more…)
The Crimson Kings are seeking a fife instructor to teach the fife line in the heart of New York City’s Chinatown.
You must have a clean record and experience teaching youth groups ages 7 to 22. You should be a patient team player with initiative. You are enthusiastic, works well with youths, and loves everything there is to love about marching and drum corps activities. You will be responsible for arranging fife music and teaching a range of experience levels including beginners. The repertoire is rooted in, but not limited to colonial songs. (more…)
A few weeks ago, we touted the return of the the horn line. Brass instructor Mark Morgan is a big part of the brass line’s growth and the Corps’ continued efforts to build a solid program for our members. He answered a few questions that’ll give you a pretty good sense as to how great of an addition to the team he’s been. Enjoy! (more…)
As we continue to grow the Corps, we’ve added some new instructors to the team. Late last year, Johnny Molina, Jr. joined the Crimson Kings as a drum instructor. He has marched with the Cadets of New York City and the Sprit of Newark. While he pursues a degree in music education at Lehman College, he’s working hard at helping build a solid Crimson Kings drumline. Get to know him better with the following Q&A session. (more…)