Just wanted to bring your attention to this site, it has a database of around 50 papers written about Drum Corps - anything from theory to history...it is a little outdated but some of the stuff is pretty interesting. Some of the included articles are meditations or manifestos on aspects that relate only tangentially to Drum Corps. For example there are several papers on the psycho-social idea of walking and at least a few on marching as a form of social protest. All-in-all, it is a very comprehensive look at the activity.
Here is the site
Research for the Marching Arts and Sciences.
Some interesting papers I would like to highlight.
- a very comprehensive and insightful look into the story of The Star of Indiana (this has been posted elsewhere as well)
- Walking Meditation - an essay that puts marching in general into a social/historical context
- and Marching Band Show Customization and Director Involvement: Their Relationship to Performance Scores, an article that appeared in an educational journal that studies exactly what the title says it does