I marched drum corps for a number of years when I was younger (I'm only 32, so it really wasn't that long ago). I was introduced to drum corps when two valve bugles were still in use. I'm sure there are plenty of you guys here who would say "Wow, you actually had two valves? We only had one with a trigger!!!". Anyway, within a year of having started drum corps most groups were switching to three valve bugles. However, I really don't think that this had any affect on the intonation of the horn. Bugles, by nature, have very wide partials which makes them a lot of fun to play but also very hard to play well. I've heard people who can't lip trill on a trumpet do so on a bugle fairly easily, but their intervallic relationships are shot to hell. You might even say that a bugle is more prone to be efficient in an Asian ensemble with their weird scales and halftones. My point for this post is really a question to you guys and gals. What do you think of DCI's switch to conventional horns? I, myself, am a drum corps purest and believe that it's not called drum and bugle corps for some arbitrary reason. It's drum and BUGLE corps. There is a difference in sound between a trumpet and a soprano bugle, and drum and bugle corps is a beast of its own that should be preserved. For example, you have orchestras, jazz bands, brass quintets, brass bands, symphonic bands, chamber ensembles, etc. And then there's drum and BUGLE corps. Need I point it out again? Drum and B-U-G-L-E corps. Got it? Good. Why destroy a perfectly legitimate ensemble type? All the corps are switching to conventional instruments, but what will come of the bugle? Is the bugle the instrumental version of the 8-track, only to become obsolete? Why not just make better bugles? Any thoughts? If you say that you like DCIs switch to conventional horns, i.e. trumpets, euphoniums, etc. then you're missing the point of my post and you needn't reply.