I marched 8 years as a young man in the 70’s and 80’s and am a rabid fan of the marching arts. I have had 2 of my sons march 5 years of marching band and my youngest is currently in contract with a DCI open class corps. Having been both a student and a parent of DCI and marching bands I can certainly help answer alot of concerns and questions on everything from equipment, gear, to staying connected to your student. Connections are hard to come by as touring corps have unbelievable schedules, so getting your loved one on a video chat at 2 in the morning when they roll into a school somewhere is not unheard of. I work in IT and my marching son is an avid techno geek we have overcome the silence that touring can bring to parents.