The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has selected the 2017 Nobel Prize winners in Physics: the collective field-lining crews of Drum Corps International.
Awarded since 1901, this prestigious medal has been bestowed upon some of the greatest minds in science. The last notable winner within the Marching Arts was none other than Albert Einstein, for his design of Carolina Crown's championship winning 2013 show: "E = mc2"
Rumored to have gone through 71,325 cans of paint to conduct their research, the 2017 class of DCI Field Liners have come up with a near flawless method to create a football field, seemingly from thin air.
Their research wasn't without sacrifice, however.
Scouts alum Ryan Oster recalled the numerous gallons of paint he inhaled in pursuit of science.
"The fumes really got to me after the first week of move ins. It made it very difficult to play and march. I'd get to the end of the run through and I'd find flecks of paint on the outside of my bell. My lungs are forever coated with paint" -Ryan Oster
Despite the sacrifices made, the scientific discoveries during the summer of 2017 prove to be groundbreaking for the activity. These innovations will allow corps to compete on a level playing field (pun very much intended) regardless of their housing and rehearsal environments.
Every drum corps can now make the most of each housing site, weather it be an NFL Stadium or Elementary School tucked away in the cornfields of Iowa.
"The Math is really quite complex" Ryan Blister explained. "Everyone thinks musicians can only count to 4. While historically this has been true, this year we were committed to figuring it out for the good of the activity. We even hired a Geometry consultant to help us apply concepts like triangulation when finding the 50-yard line."
The Academy of Sciences will present the Nobel Prize to the Collective 2017 Field Lining Crews at the 2018 World Championships in Indianapolis.