Atlanta CV Drum and Bugle Corps

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Atlanta CV
LocationAcworth, Georgia
DivisionOpen Class
DirectorDavid W. Stollberg
Championship titlesDCA: Class A 2001

Atlanta CV, originally known as The Atlanta CorpsVets is an all-age drum and bugle corps that competes in the Drum Corps Associates circuit, and is a 501c3 Not-For-Profit Organization based in Atlanta, Georgia. It was founded in 1997 and is one of two competitive drum corps in the state of Georgia, alongside Spirit of Atlanta.

History[edit | edit source]

Founding[edit | edit source]

The Atlanta CorpsVets started as a simple idea of Robin and Tracey Wofford and Tom and Janet Walsh in conjunction with American Legion Post #1 in the summer of 1997. The Woffords attended a senior corps show in Wisconsin, and felt the time was right for Atlanta to have its own corps. After returning to Atlanta, Robin created the name "Corpsvets", and the initial outline of the corps was sketched. Robin and Tracey contacted friends and contacts of their drum corps days and began recruiting at a local drum corps event held at Jacksonville State University. The Woffords and Walshes met that night, and collaborated to bring the corps into being. Many signed up for further information, and the first interest meeting was held at American Legion Post 1 in late Fall, 1997. The first rehearsal of the corps was in January 1998, with basics block rehearsals conducted throughout Piedmont Park. The very first performance was at the 1998 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Atlanta.

That summer, the corps boasted a membership of 44 performers, and performed exhibitions at a local DCI competition as well as marched in the WSB-TV Salute 2 America Parade in downtown Atlanta. The final performance that inaugural season was at the Drum Corps Associates Championship in Allentown, Pennsylvania where several members represented the corps in the Individual and Ensemble Competition. They have participated in the Atlanta St. Patrick's Day parade, the WSB-TV Salute 2 America Parade[1] and at the local DCI competitions in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina[2]

Growth and Results[edit | edit source]

In 1999 the corps grew to 55 members and traveled to the DCA Championships, placing 4th in the mini-corps competition. Growth continued in 2000, with the corps featuring 56 members and placing second at the DCA Championships in the Class A division.[3] In 2001 the CorpsVets grew to 65 members and won the Class A title at the DCA championships with a record score in that division.[3][4]

The following year, 2002, the corps grew to 94 members, advanced to the highly competitive Open Class Division of DCA and tied for 11th place at the championships. Since 2002 the corps has competed in Open Class attaining finalist status each season fielding corps of over 100 members.

In 2012 the corps shorten its name to Atlanta CV Drum and Bugle Corps, adopting the "CV" moniker already often used to refer to the "CorpsVets". This rebranding helped eliminate the misconception that a member must be a vet of a corps in order to participate, which was never the case.

The corps' highest placement coincides with their highest score, set at the 2017 DCA Championships finals, with a score of 96.63 and 2nd place overall. They are the 10 Time DCA South Champions and the highest placing and highest scoring southern corps in DCA History.

Show summary (1998-2020)[edit | edit source]

Year Title Repertoire Score Placement
1998 Inaugural Season Danny Boy, Armed Forces Medley, Atlanta Constitution March, Conto Del Viento Parades & Exhibitions
1999 North American Suite Mr. Pinstripe Suit, Ashokan Farewell, Conto Del Viento Parades & Exhibitions
2000 Hunterman Hunter Green Blues, Caravan, In the Stone, One More Time Chuck Corea 71.0 2nd Class A
2001 Jones' Best She's No Lady She's My Wife, Boogie Down, Taste of Honey, One More Time Chuck Corea 83.75 1st Class A
2002 Jazz After Dark Night and Day, Round Midnight, Blues in the Night, Tank/reprise Blues, Georgia 84.55 11th Open Class
2003 Wild Party Georgia (warm-up), Rush, What is it About Her?, Juggernaut, Jackie's Last Dance, Reprise Juggernaut 86.275 8th Open Class
2004 Heart of Jazz When a Man Loves a Woman (intro), Johnny One Note, Big Noise from Winnetka, When a Man Loves a Woman, Reprise- Johnny, Big Noise 83.075 10th Open Class
2005 MODE: Music of Don Ellis Open Wide by Don Ellis / Strawberry Soup by Don Ellis 85.5 9th Open Class
2006 A Trip to Vegas Luck Be a Lady, Feeling Good, Copacabanna, Everybody Loves Somebody, A Little Less Conversation, Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend, I Can't Help Falling in Love, Viva Las Vegas 85.75 9th Open Class
2007 Celebration Georgia on My Mind, Bacchanalia, LaFiesta, Remembrance 88.775 9th Open Class
2008 Simple Gifts Down in the River to Pray, Appalachian Morning, Inferno, Simple Gifts, Oh Shenandoah 86.763 9th Open Class
2009 Southern Suite Tara's Theme (from "Gone With the Wind"), I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' (from "Porgy and Bess"), The First Letter (from "The Color Purple"), Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable To Lunch Today), Maybe God Is Tryin' to Tell You Somethin' (from "The Color Purple") 83.75 10th Open Class
2010 360 We Go On from Millennium Celebration at Epcot, Celebration from Reflections of Earth, The Sage of Time Prologue from Tapestry of Nations, Chaos from Reflections of Earth, Home from Reflections of Earth 87.7 8th Open Class
2011 Dusk To Dawn Shostakovich 10, Providence Unfinished, Ammerland, Ballet Sacra 85.0 8th Open Class
2012 God Save the Queen Festive Overture, Crown Imperial, Bohemian Rhapsody, Who Wants to Live Forever, Nimrod, Fat Bottomed Girls, Bicycle Race, Stone Cold Crazy, Don't Stop Me Now, God Save the Queen 87.1 8th Open Class
2013 Carpe Caelum "Seize the Heavens" Interstellar Suite: “The Ship: Main Theme”, “Launch: Mission Control and Liftoff / Jumping To The Speed Of Light”, “Battle: Planning The Attack / Return Fire / The Last Missile” (Amin Bhatia), On the Backs of Angels (Dream Theater) 91.60 6th Open Class
2014 HEX Garden of Magic/Come Little Children (James Horner), Aquarium (Saint Saens), Attacking Brides from Van Helsing (Alan Silvestri), Far From Heaven (Dream Theater), Hell Hounds from Chronicles of Riddick (Graeme Revell), Werewolf Trap from Van Helsing (Alan Silvestri) 92.40 6th Open Class
2015 EyeConic Symphony for Brass and Percussion (Alfred Reed), Nessun Dorma (Giacomo Puccini), Heat of the Day (Pat Metheny), In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel), My Favorite Things (Rodgers and Hammerstein), Symphony No. 9 in D minor 'Ode to Joy' (Ludwig van Beethoven), Ballet Sacra (David Holsinger) 93.83 5th Open Class
2016 Rhythmos - Motion of Life Movement I - The Rhythm of the Heart: Artistry in Rhythm (Stan Kenton), Libertango (Astor Piazzolla); Movement II - The Rhythm of Breath:

Gabriel's Oboe (Ennio Morricone); Movement III - The Rhythm of Motion: Finding and Believing (Pat Metheny); Movement IV - The Rhythm of Life: JoyRide (Michael Markowski)

92.35 6th Open Class
2017 Through the Glass Looking Movement I - Shattered Glass: Children's Hour of Dream by Charles Mingus / Movement II - Reflections: Alone in a Crowd (from Pollock) by Jeff Beal / 1000 Airplanes on the Roof by Philip Glass / Movement III - Stained Glass: Hymn of Acxiom (Vienna Teng); Movement IV - Prism: Stained Glass by David Gillingham / The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky 96.63 2nd Open Class
2018 Chaos Theory Symphony No. 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven / Master of Puppets by Metallica / Chameleon by Herbie Hancock / Demons by Heartist / Overture from "Dancer in the Dark" by Bjork / Yes by Don Ellis 95.625 3rd Open Class
2019 Of Gods and Goddesses Movement I - "Poseidon" Moving Mountains by Thomas J. Bergson and The Winds of Poseidon by Robert W. Smith / Movement II - "Ares" Mars: The Bringer of War by Gustav Holst / Movement III - "Aphrodite" Based on Aphrodite Part II by William Chase / Movement IV - "Zeus" Ignition by Todd Stalter 96.150 2nd Open Class
2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Other performances[edit | edit source]

In addition to competitive performances, the corps has also hosted educational clinics for local high school music students, performed at the July 4 stage show in Centennial Olympic Park, opened the Southeastern Emmy Awards show, and performed the National Anthem for the Georgia Force and the Rome Braves. The corps has marched in the Old Soldier's Day Parade in Alpharetta, Georgia, the July 4 Parade in Avondale Estates, Georgia, the WSB Salute 2 America Parade, the Barnum Festival Parade in Bridgeport, CT, the Atlanta St. Patrick's Day Parade, and the Georgia Mountain Fair Parade in Hiawassee.

Philosophy[edit | edit source]

Atlanta CV's philosophy is to provide entertaining and crowd-pleasing performances for its members and fans to enjoy. The corps has a close-knit, highly trained membership and staff who work together to create a dynamic, educational, and rewarding experience. Performance, community service, and friendship, are the defining characteristics of CV, which aims for excellence and leadership in the drum corps activity.

Rehearsal Home[edit | edit source]

Atlanta CV currently rehearses and performs their home competition, The Southern Showdown, at Hiram High School in Hiram, GA. The facilities and outstanding support from the community have been essential to the corps' growth and success through the years.

CV Indoor[edit | edit source]

In 2015, Atlanta CV came out with an indoor percussion program, headed by percussion caption head and arranger Chris Romanowski. The ensemble competed in Winter Guard International (WGI) Percussion Independent World Class. The following year, 2016, the organization decided not to come out with an indoor line, partly due to a large majority of staff and potential members going on a trip to China that took place during the heat of the season. In 2017, Atlanta CV Indoor had returned to the competition arena, competing in WGI Percussion Independent Open Class. In 2018, Atlanta CV Indoor announced a merger with Q2, another Open Class group also based in Atlanta. As a result, staff and resources were brought together and CV Indoor would now be under the Q2 name.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Local talent to be in parade (AJC Archive)". Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The. July 2, 2005. Retrieved December 3, 2007.
  2. "JSU hosts Spirit of America Drum and Bugle Corps competition Tuesday evening". Anniston Star Archive. July 16, 2006. Retrieved December 4, 2007.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "DCA Class A history". 2007. Archived from the original on September 2, 2003. Retrieved November 27, 2007./
  4. "CLOSE TO HOME (AJC Archive)". The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution Page Number: E2. September 9, 2000. Retrieved December 4, 2007. METROSCOPE: Musicians honored. The Atlanta CorpsVets, a senior drum and bugle corps based in Avondale Estates, took second place at last weekend's Drum Corps Associates world championships in Syracuse, N.Y. The corps was in its first year of competition in the Class A division for groups with 65 members or fewer. CorpsVets members also brought home three first-place trophies in the individual and ensemble competition for various instruments. Most of the corps hails from metro

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