This article is from the College marching band FAQ, by Adam Elman email@example.com, Meredith McClurg firstname.lastname@example.org, Patrick Neschleba email@example.com and Craig Moe firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Drum and Bugle Corps (often called "Drum Corps" for short) are very
different from college bands. Drum Corps is a competitive activity, made
up of independent organizations unaffiliated with colleges or other
groups. It has been said that the only things marching bands and drum
corps have in common are music and a football field. If you're interested
in drum corps, see the newsgroup rec.arts.marching.drumcorps, or check out
the Drum Corps International (DCI) Web Page at