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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for rec.arts.marching.drumcorps
Part 6 of 6  Drum Corps Associates (Senior Corps)  information

DCA Info Maintained by:
Martin Cross,
please direct all updates and correction to Martin Cross

FAQ Version: 7.26.1998

Table of Contents:

1.0 What is drum corps?
        1.0.1    DCI and DCA
        1.0.2    Drum Corps International
        1.0.3    Drum Corps World
        1.0.4    scorelines

1.1 Drum corps on-line
        1.1.1    History of drum corps on-line
        1.1.2    Rec.arts.marching.drumcorps
        1.1.3    Drumcorps digest
        1.1.4    FTP and WWW site
        1.1.5    Cybercorps
        1.1.6    Drum Corps Web Sites

1.2 Audio and video recordings and books
        1.2.1    compact discs and cassettes
        1.2.2    videos 
        1.2.3    books

2.0 DCI corps' addresses
        2.0.1 Open class corps
        2.0.2 Div. II/III corps
        2.0.3 DCA corps are listed in Part 6 of the FAQ
        2.0.4 Future Corps

3.1 1997 tentative drumcorps music
3.2 1997 drum corps tour schedule

4.0 Historical Information
        4.1 Previous DCI Champions
        4.2 1992 DCI Scores
        4.3 1993 DCI Information
                 4.3.1 Corps repertoires
                 4.3.2 Scores
                 4.3.3 Individual and Ensemble scores
                 4.3.4 DCA Finals scores
                 4.3.5 RAMD Readers Final Poll
        4.4 1994 DCI Information
                 4.4.1 DCI Championships in Boston
                 4.4.2 SEASON Final poll
                 4.4.3 RAMD Final Reader's Poll
                 4.4.4 Corps' repertoires in 1994
        4.5 1995 DCI Information
                 4.5.1 DCI Championships in Buffalo
                 4.5.2 SEASON Final poll
                 4.5.3 RAMD Final Reader's Poll
                 4.5.4 Corps' repertoires in 1995
        4.6 1996 DCI Information
                 4.6.1 DCI Championships in Orlando
                 4.6.2 SEASON Final poll
                 4.6.3 RAMD Final Reader's Poll
                 4.6.4 Corps' repertoires in 1996

5.0  The words "drum corps"
5.1  Number of members allowed
5.2  Corps' budgets
5.3  Fundraising
5.4  How far do the corps travel?  How many competitions?  How long is
         the season?  When are the Championships?
5.5  How can I catch the Championships on TV?
5.6  How does the judging work?
5.7  What is a legal bugle?
5.8  What kind of percussion is allowed?
5.9  What is the "pit area"?
5.10 How long is each show?
5.11 What are all those strange abbreviations and/or nicknames people
          keep using when writing about drum corps?
5.12 Why do people keep misspelling things?
5.13 How to join a drum corps                    
5.14 Rehearsal information           
5.15 Where to get music for wind ensemble

6.0  DCA and the Senior corps.
    6.1  Drum Corps Associates (DCA)
        6.1.1  The DCA Story
        6.1.2  Corps listing
    6.2  Parade Corps
        6.2.1  Ballad of the Unsung Heros
        6.2.2  Corps listing
    6.3  Rehearsals
    6.4  Fallen Comrades
        6.4.1 Folded Corps
        6.4.2 MIA Corps
    6.5  DCA Champions

      "When the first shovel of dirt hits my face...."

                                      - Robert "Pepe" Nataro

6.1  Drum Corps Associates (DCA)

    6.1.1  The DCA Story.

    In September of 1963, five men, Henry "Lefty" Mayer (NY 
Skyliners), George Bull (Yankee-Rebels), Randy Roy (Reading 
Buccaneers), Pete Burns (Conn. Hurricanes), and Carmen Cirlincione 
(Archer-Epler Musketeers), met in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania to 
discuss the possibilities of creating an organization dedicated to promoting 
senior drum and bugle corps.  This was the start of the Drum Corps 
Associates a.k.a DCA and it continued the legacy created by the V.F.W. 
which discontinued its senior championship after 1962.  The first corps 
to become charter members were the Buccaneers, Hurricanes, 
Interstatesmen, Musketeers, Rockets, Skyliners, and Yankee-Rebels. Two 
years later, the first DCA championship was help at Milford, Connecticut. 
Six of the seven charter corps competed on September 11, 1965, the 
Reading Buccaneers won.  Today, 30 years later, the DCA still thrives.  
Many corps have had the honor of being DCA Champions.

    6.1.2  Corps Listing

    Information compiled from '89, '90, '92 DCA Championship Programs.
Some of the corps listed have a "Status" field stating that they have
folded.  Please check to see if this field exists for the corps prior to
trying to make contact.

        Corps (alias):  Bayou City Blues
        Location:       Houston, Texas
        Internet POC:

        Corps (alias):  Bluegrass Brass (BGB)
        Location:       Louisville, KY
        Director:       Jeff Cox (BOD President)
        Address:        P.O. Box 99872
        City/State:     Louisville, KY  40269
        Phone:          (502) 499-7223 - Jeff Cox
        Founded:        1992, DCM members 1993, 1997
        POC:            Jeff Cox or Eric Landis (513) 792-0031
        Internet POC: (Eric Landis)

        Corps (Alias):  Brigadiers
        Location:       Syracuse, New York
        Director:       Dennis Cappello
        Address:        5858 East Molloy Rd.
        City/State:     Syracuse, N.Y.  13211
        Founded:        1990 (reformed after 19 years in absentia)

        Corps (Alias):  Buccaneers  (Bucs)
        Location:       Reading, Pennsylvania
        Director:       James Gruber
        Asst. Dir:      Donald H. Solinger
        Address:        P.O. Box 13032
        City/State:     Reading, PA 19612
        Phone:          (717) 932-8059
        FAX:            (610) 376-9170
        Founded:        1957

        Corps (Alias):  Bushwackers  (Bush)
        Location:       Harrison, New Jersey
        Director:       Jay Marlot
        Address:        1000 Frank E. Rodgers Blvd., Bldg. 13
        City/State:     Harrison, N.J.  07029
        Phone:          (201) 268-1088
        Founded:        1981
        Internet POC: (Dave Linton)
        WWW Site:

        Corps (Alias):  Caballeros  (Cabs)
        Location:       Hawthorne, New Jersey
        Director:       James J. Costello, Jr.
        Address:        119 Webster Avenue
        City/State:     Paterson, NJ  07501
        Phone:          (201) 523-5371
        Founded:        1946
        Internet POC:
               (Andrew H. Grilk)
               (Bob Murray Jr.)
        WWW Site:

        Corps (Alias):  Capitol Brass Ensemble
        Location:       Latham, New York
        Director:       Thomas MacDonald
        Address:        36 Michaelangelo Street
        City/State:     Lathan, NY  12110
        Phone:          (518) 783-8985/783-8507
        Formely:        Knights of Noble Callahan (1985)
        Status:         Folded 1994

        Corp Name:      Chieftains
        Location:       Lehigh Valley, PA
        Director:       Rodney Yetter
        Address:        P.O. Box 786
        City/State:     Allentown, PA 18105-0786
        Phone:          (717) 992-2318
        Founded:        1987
        Internet POC:
        WWW Site:
        Business Mgr.:  Paisley, Glen at

        Corps (Alias):  Crusaders
        Location:       Rochester, Ney York
        Director:       Mike Linton
        Address:        P.O. Box 15424
        City/State:     Rochester, NY  14615
        Phone:          (716) 634-7891  / 251-7117
        Founded:        1947
        Internet POC:

        Corps (Alias):  Empire Statesmen  (Empire)
        Location:       Rochester, New York
        Director:       Vincent Bruni
        Main Office:    Bingo Palace
        Address:        341 E. Ridge Rd.
        City/State:     Rochester, NY  14621
        Phone:          (716) 266-2232
        Founded:        1983
        Internet POC:
        WWW Site:

        Corps (Alias):  Excaliber
        Location:       Erie, Pennsylvania
        Director:       Peter Baideme
        Address:        P.O. Box 6607
        City/State:     Erie, PA  16512
        Phone:          (814) 833-3726

        Corps (Alias):  Firebirds
        Location:       Dallas, Texas
        Address:        1009 Sylvan Dr.
        City/State:     Garland, TX  75040
        Founded:        1994
        Internet POC:   
        Status:         Folded 1994

        Corps (Alias):  Govenaires  (Govies)
        Location:       St. Peter, Minnesota       
        Director:       John Mayer
        Address:        P.O. Box 235
        City/State:     St. Peter, MN  56052
        Phone:          (507) 388-1927
        Founded:        1927
        Internet POC:   GOVIES@VAX1.MANKATO.MSUS.EDU (Dave Haugh)

        Corps (Alias):  HeatWave
        Location:       Orlando, Florida
        Director:       Vic Kulinski
        Address:        12515 Earnest Ave
        City/State:     Orlando, Florida  32837
        Phone:          (407) 857-9702
                        (407) 855-4314
        Founded:        1992
        Internet POC:  (Dave McBurney)

        Corps (Alias):  Hurricanes  (Hurcs)
        Location:       Shelton, Connecticut
        Director:       Bob Bradley
        Address:        P.O. Box 471
        City/State:     Derby, CT  06418
        Phone:          (203) 735-5659
        Founded:        1932 (Fife & Drum)/1955 (Drum & Bugle)

        Corps (Alias):  Keystoners
        Location:       Milton, Pennsylvania
        Director:       Dale Criswell
        Address:        P.O. Box 96
        City/State:     Milton, PA 17847
        Phone:          (717) 742-7823
        Status:         Folded 1988

        Corps (Alias):  Kingsmen  (Pepe's Corps)
        Location:       Bridgport, Connecticut
        Director:       Carol Jacobs and Rita Hudson

        Corps (Alias):  Kingston Grenadiers
        Location:       Kingston Onterio, Canada
        Director:       Don Dean
        Asst. Dir:      Doug Orser
        Address:        98 Morenz Cres
        City/State:     Kingston, Ont  K7K2X3
        Phone:          (613) 546-5021
        Internet POC:
        WWW Site:

        Corps (alias):  Les Dynamiques
        Location:       Buckingham, (Quebec) Canada
        Director:       Romuald (Romy) Mongeon
        Address:        P.O. Box 134
        City/State:     Buckingham (Quebec) J8L 2X2
        Phone:          (819) 281-4620
        Founded:        1962-1970 Junior corps
                        1990  Senior corps
        Internet POC: (Francois LeMay)

        Corps (Alias):  Les Metropolitains de Montreal (METS)
        Location:       Montreal (Quebec), Canada
        Director:       Rene Rockbrune (US Affairs) (416) 567-9118
                        Richard R. Cloutier (Executive Director)
                        Monique Chauny (Asst. Executive Director)
        Address:        1601, rue Logan (bureau 8)
        City/State:     Montreal (Quebec) H2L 1X7
        Phone:          (514) 525-3152
                        (514) 525-3313
        Internet POC:  (Andre Theriault)
        Founded:        1990

        Corps (Alias):  Minnesota Brass, Inc.
        Location:       St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota
        Director:       Gavin Burnham
        Address:        Box 7341
        City/State:     St. Paul, MN  55107
        Phone:          (612) 426-7369
        Founded:        1946
        POC:            Stephanie Seman - (612) 781-0907
        Internet POC: (Kurt Schiebel)
        WWW Site:

        Corps (Alias):  Racine Kilties
        Location:       Racine, WI
        Director:       Ed Bergles
        Address:        P.O. Box 085235
        City/State:     Racine, WI  53408-5235
        Phone:          (414) 634-2100
        Founded:        1993
        Internet POC:  (Mike Kaufman)

        Corps (Alias):  Royalaires
        Location:       Guelph, Ontario, Canada
        Director:       Al Strassburg
        Address:        8 Tupper Court
        City/State:     Kitchener, Ontario - Canada, N2B 2Y3
        Phone:          (519) 578-1962

        Corps (Alias):  Skyliners  (Sky)
        Location:       New York, New York
        Director:       Robert Holton
        Address:        100 Drake Place
        City/State:     Colonia, NJ  07067
        Phone:          (201) 574-9422
        Founded:        1946

        Corps (Alias):  Steel City Ambassadors  (Steel)
        Location:       Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
        Director:       Rob Hoenshel
        Address:        P.O. Box 2631
        City/State:     Pittsburgh, PA  15230
        Phone:          (412) 422-5051
        Founded:        1981
        Status:         Folded 1994

        Corps (Alias):  Soundwave
        Location:       Butler, PA
        Director:       Walt Street
        Address:        PO Box 13
        City/State:     Lyndora, PA  16045
        Phone:          (412) 441-9335 (Chris Weaver)
                        (304) 599-0390 (Robert James)
        Founded:        1995
        Internet POC: (Robert James)
               (Tony Roscoe)

        Corps (Alias):  Sunrisers  (Sun)
        Location:       Orangetown, NY (formely Long Island, New York)
        Director:       Gary Williams
        Address:        PO Box 85
        City/State:     Pearl River, NY  10965
        Phone:          (914) 632-3042/(914) 735-2257
        Founded:        1954
        Internet POC: (Dave Freoni)
               (Gary Williams)

        Corps (Alias):  Vanguard
        Location:       Chicago, Illinois
        Director:       Ron Brandt
        Address:        22 W. 320 Balsam Drive
        City/State:     Glen Ellyn, IL  60137
        Phone:          (312) 790-2336

        Corps (Alias):  Westshoremen
        Location:       Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
        Director:       Jerry Mace
        Address:        P.O. Box 632
        City/State:     Mechanicsburg, PA  17055
        Phone:          1-800-852-5406
        Founded:        1946
        Internet POC:
                        (Dick Eschenmann)
        WWW Site:

6.2  Parade Corps

    6.2.1  Ballad of the Unsung Heros

    Parade corps are almost always senior by nature.  As the class 
name implies, these corps march in parades or perform at "standstills."  
Although many drum corps nuts do not consider these units as part of the 
continuum, they do provide an alternative for people who want to be part 
of drum corps, but cannot afford the time the field (DCA) units demand.  
Parade corps generally practice 3 hours a week.  The atmosphere is not 
stressful and of all the types of corps, it is the most family oriented.  
Most parade corps will not travel more than 2 hours from their HQ so it 
is easy to pack up the family and drag them to the various parades.  Many 
of the DCA corps started as parade corps, it is a great way to start a corps' 

    6.2.2  Corps Listing

        Corps (Alias):  Buccaneer Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps
        Location:       Reading, Pa.
        Director:       Jeff Becker
        Address:        319 So. Miller St.
        City/State:     Shillington, Pa.  19607
        Phone:          (610) 777-6882
        Founded:        1986
        Internet POC:   

        Corps (Alias):  Jersey Coast Sound
        Location:       V.F.W Post 8865 - Bricktown, New Jersey
        Director:       Roger Exposito
        Address:        RD 2 Box 26
        City/State:     Jackson, NJ  08527
        Phone:          (908) 928-9699
        Founded:        1990
        Internet POC:   crossm@pt.Cyanamid.COM  (Martin E. Cross)
        Status:         Folded 1994

        Alias:          Mighty St. Joe's Alumni Corps
        Location:       LeRoy, N.Y.
        Director:       Bob "Sully" Sullivan
        Address:        3 Bank Street
        City/State:     LeRoy, NY
        Phone:          (716) 768-8687, (716) 768-7905
        Founded:        1991 (Active Junior Corps 1931-1971)
        Information:    Dick Pielow, (716) 593-6857,
        Internet POC:  (Curt Anderson)
        www page:

        Corps (Alias):  Melrose Black Hawks
        Location:       South Amboy, New Jersey
        Director:       Jim Kilcomins
        Address:        255 Henry St.
        City/State:     South Amboy, NJ  08879
        Phone:          (908) 721-7578
        Founded:        1979
        Internet POC:

        Corps (Alias):  Caballeros Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps.
        Location:       American Legion Post 199 Hawthorne, NJ
        Director:       Joe Campos
        City/State:     Hawthorne, NJ
        Phone:          (201) 345-9210 (Bob Peterson)
        Founded:        1993
        Internet POC:

        Corps (Alias):  Connecticut Alumni Sr. Drum & Bugle Corps
        Location:       David S. Miles Post - Oxford, Connecticut
        Director:       James Nestor
        Address:        Rt. 67
        City/State:     Oxford, CT
        Phone:          (203) 634-8026

        Corps (Alias):  Generations Alumni Corps
        Location:       Bristol, Rhode Island
        Address:        P.O. Box 71
        City/State:     Bristol, RI  02809
        Phone:          (401) 253-0102
        Founded:        1988
        Internet POC:   S20178AM@UMASSD.EDU (Adam Morin)

        Corps (Alias):  Westchester Brassmen
        Location:       Harrison, New York
        Director:       Joe Mazzullo
        Address:        80 Batavia Place
        City/State:     Harrison, NY  10528
        Phone:          (914) 835-5450

        Corps (Alias):  Marksmen Alumni Corps
        Location:       Springfield, Massechusetts
        Director:       Doug White
        Address:        68 Westbanks Ct.
        City/State:     Springfield, MA  01118
        Phone:          (413) 782-7810

        Corps (Alias):  Blessed Sacrament (Alumni)
        Location:       Union, New Jersey
        Founded:        1990

        Corps (Alias):  The Volunteers
        Location:       Lambertville, New Jersey
        Director:       Michael Farling
        Address:        P.O. Box 347
        City/State:     Lambertville, NJ  08530
        Phone:          (215) 862-9731
                        (215) 348-1448
        Founded:        1931

        Corps (Alias):  Archer-Epler Musketeers
        Location:       Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

        Corps (Alias):  Yankee-Rebels  (Alumni)
        Location:       Baltimore, Maryland
        Director:       Phil Gentile
        Address:        217 Ferring Court
        City/State:     Abingdon, MD  21009
        Phone:          (410) 515-3520
        Founded:        1946
        Internet POC:

        Corps (Alias):  Princemen
        Location:       Lt. Norman Prince Post - Melrose, MA
        Address:        428 Main Street
        City/State:     Melrose, MA

        Corps (Alias):  Lancers
        Location:       Detroit/Wyandotte, Michigan

        Corps (Alias):  Spartans
        Location:       Vancouver WA/Portland OR
        Director:       Bill Steiner Jr.
        City/State:     Vancouver, WA
        Phone:          (503)761-7536 (bingo hall), (206)256-5069 (info line)
        Founded:        1968
        Internet POC:  (Robert Koreis)

        Corps (Alias):  Reilly Raiders Alumni
        Location:       Bristol, PA
        Director:       Carl Place
        Phone:          (215) 639-7239 (Carl Place)
        Founded:        1946  (folded in 1966, re-built in 1994 as alumni)
        Internet POC: (Stephen D. Ford)

        Corps (Alias):  Thunderbirds
        Location:       Erie, PA
        Director:       Ted Heumann
        Address:        2703 Rudolph Ave.
        City/State:     Erie, PA  16508
        Phone:          (814) 868-0421 (Ted Heumann)
        Internet POC:

        Corps (Alias):  Lancers Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps
        Location:       Hanover, PA
        Director:       Chip Crumrine
        Address:        1308 Kenstar Dr.
        City/State:     Landisville, PA  17538
        Phone:          (717) 637-5963
        Founded:        1920
        Internet POC: 

        Corps (Alias):  Two Seven Alumni Association, Inc.
        Location:       Revere, MA
        Director:       Steve Nourse
        Address:        P.O. Box 106
        City/State:     Everett, MA  02149
        Phone:          (617) 322-9527 (Hotline)
        Founded:        1996
        Internet POC: (Andy Holleron)

6.3  Rehearsals

    It should be pointed out that senior corps are comprised of people 
who are, for the most part, not young anymore.  They are people who have 
careers under way, families in the making, houses needing painting, and 
all the other wonderous (more like ponderous) things that happen on the 
threshold of "mid-life."  This reduces the amount of time that senior 
corps have to operate.  Serior corps members are the epitome of the 
weekend warrior and the weekend starts 8:00 pm Friday and ends 
somewhere near 8:00 pm the following Sunday.  There are a few breaks so 
the members can revel in some old fashioned comradeship.

    The senior season runs from mid April (first of the senior 
versions of camps) to Labor Day weekend (the ever lovin' Championship 

6.4  Fallen Comrades

    6.4.1  Folded Corps

                *1) Rielly Raiders - Philadelphia, PA (Alumni Corps in progress)
                 2) Matadors - Providence, RI
                 3) Interstatesman
                 4) Rockets - Pittsburgh, PA
                 5) Phoenix
                 6) Boys of '76
                 7) Steel City Ambassadors - Pittsburgh, PA (1994)
                 8) American Spirit - Tampa, Fl
                 9) Jersey Coast Sound - Bricktown, NJ (1994)
        10) Defenders - Troy, NY
                11) Vagabonds - Schylorsville, NY
        12) Kingsmen - Hamburg, NY (1977)

    6.4.2  MIA corps (What has happened to these guys?)

                 1) Metropolitans
                 2) Ambassadors
                 4) Les Diplomats
                 5) Commanders
                 6) Thunderbirds - Erie, PA
                 8) Sentinels
                10) Les Ambassaduers
                11) Allouettes
                12) Regionaires
                13) L'Odyssey
                14) Les Cascaduers

6.5  DCA Champions

        1965    Buccanneers  (first DCA Chamionship)
        1966    Skyliners
        1967    Hurricanes
        1968    Buccaneers
        1969    Hurricanes
        1970    Caballeros
        1971    Skyliners
        1972-74 Caballeros  (1973 only sweep of major captions)
        1975    Skyliners
        1976    Caballeros
        1977-78 Sunrisers
        1979-80 Buccaneers
        1981    Hurricanes
        1982-83 Sunrisers
        1984-85 Caballeros
        1986    Bushwackers
        1987    Sunrisers  (Finals rained-out, Prelims stood - Sun first)
        1988    Sunrisers-Bushwackers (first tie in DCA history)
        1989-90 Bushwackers
        1991    Empire Statesmen
        1992    Bushwackers
        1993    Bushwackers
        1994    Empire Statesmen
        1995    Caballeros
        1996    Westshoremen

Part 6 Written & administered by Martin Cross
RAMD FAQ administered by Cathy Doser ( and
Caryn Roberts (

Please send ALL corrections and updates for Part 6 to Martin Cross

Comments welcome on any aspect of this FAQ.  We are especially looking
for information on Div. II/III corps, and early drum corps information
(VFW and American Legion Championships and pre-DCI corps in general).
If you see anything that is inaccurate (such as corps address information
or repertoire), please let me know.

NOTICE:  This FAQ is copyright (c) 1997 by Cathy Doser and is made available
as a service to the drum corps and the Internet community.  The FAQ may be
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