Fantasy Marching Arts

Fantasy sports teams and leagues have become an entire industry for football, baseball, and other sports, and now three college drumline alums are looking to do the same for the drum corps activity with their website Fantasy Marching.

“We thought it’d be interesting to see how the marching community responded to kind of bringing in the professional sport world perspective into our activity,” says co-founder Kyle Gulau.

Other websites like Micro Marching League and Fantasy Marching Arts allow fans to design their own shows; however, the new Fantasy Marching site parallels fantasy football more closely.

Instead of drafting individual players, participants combine captions from various corps for their fantasy ensemble. For example, they might select The Blue Devils’ visual, The Cadets’ music, and Carolina Crown’s general effect. Each week as Drum Corps International releases scores, Fantasy Marching will calculate whose fantasy corps scored the highest in each league of friends.

Co-founders Gulau, John Pinkster, and Will Alderman all met as members of the Western Michigan University Drumline. Pinkster and Gulau also marched in the Legends Drum and Bugle Corps.

The site will be available by April 15.

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