2015 marks the Crimson Kings 65th year in drum corps! We are looking forward to continuing the traditions of class, excellence and pride for many years to come. As we mark this anniversary, we begin our retrospective on the corps, looking back on the history and accomplishments of the Corps throughout the decades. We also look back on the recent past few years and acknowledge that 2012, the year of the dragon, was quite a milestone year for the Crimson Kings.
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. The members worked their butts off and sounded amazing.
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. "It was a huge wall of sound when their brass line was rehearsing on the roof filling the air in all of lower Manhattan. I even heard that members were getting text messages from people in the neighborhood asking where that sound was coming from!" said assistant director Vince Veloso.