Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps

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Boston Crusaders
Drum and Bugle Corps
Boston Crusaders logo.png
LocationBoston, Massachusetts
DivisionWorld Class
DirectorChris Holland
Championship titles
  • CYO:
    • 1964
    • 1966
    • 1967

The Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps is a World Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the Boston Crusaders are a charter member of Drum Corps International.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

The Boston Crusaders were founded in 1940 as the Most Precious Blood Crusaders, a youth activity of the Most Precious Blood Catholic parish in the Hyde Park section of Boston. The Corps and the parish parted ways in 1956, and the corps took a new name, the Hyde Park Crusaders. During this period, two ardent, if unofficial supporters of the corps were two of the Kennedy brothers, John F. and Edward M. "Ted". Although John is often credited, Ted was responsible for acquiring West Point uniforms that the Crusaders converted to their own colors. The corps was honored by the newly elected President Kennedy by being invited to be the first drum and bugle corps to march in a Presidential Inauguration Parade. The corps' tight financial situation prevented their attendance in 1961, but the corps marched in President Lyndon B. Johnson's Inauguration Parade in 1964. JFK was formally made an honorary member of the corps only 34 days before his assassination.[2][3][4][5]

Drum majors of the Boston Crusaders make President John F. Kennedy an honorary member of their corps in 1963

By 1959, the corps had become the Boston Crusaders, although they often were (and still are) referred to as "BAC" or the Boston Area Crusaders, and BAC was one of the East Coast powerhouse corps of the 1960s. They won the first CYO National Drum and Bugle Championship in 1964 and repeated as CYO champions in 1967 & '68. In 1966 and again in 1967 the Boston Crusaders were crowned World Open (class A) Champions. The corps was a finalist at VFW Nationals in 1969 & '70 and would have won the 1967 American Legion Junior Championship, if the powers-that-be had not voided the scores for the corps' inspection, allowing the Cavaliers to outscore them.[2][3]

In 1971, the Boston Crusaders, along with the 27th Lancers, Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights, Blue Rock, and Garfield Cadets formed the United Organization of Junior Corps (also known as the "Alliance"). This action was taken in reaction to the rigid, inflexible rules of the American Legion and VFW (the primary rule makers and sponsors of both corps and shows) and the low or nonexistent performance fees paid for appearing in the various competitions. The corps felt that not only were they having their creative potential as artistic performing groups stifled, but they were being financially starved. (A similar group of Midwestern corps, the Midwest Combine, was formed by the Blue Stars, Cavaliers, Madison Scouts, Santa Clara Vanguard, and the Troopers.) The Alliance members felt that the corps should be making their own rules, operating their own competitions and championships, and keeping the bulk of the monies those shows earned. For the 1971 season, the corps stuck together, offering show promoters the five corps as a package. Despite pressure on show sponsors, judges, and other drum corps, the corps were booked into a number of shows together.[2][3][6]

In 1972, the Boston Crusaders, along with the nine other corps from the Alliance and the Midwest Combine, plus the Anaheim Kingsmen, Argonne Rebels, and De La Salle Oaklands were founding members of Drum Corps International, which remains as the sanctioning body for junior corps in North America. That summer, there was a fire in the corps hall that destroyed much of the corps' equipment. The corps was forced to withdraw from many of its scheduled contests, and at one point, could claim only nineteen active members. Rather than attending the first DCI World Championship in Whitewater, Wisconsin, BAC returned to the field to compete at CYO Nationals, where they finished ninth of thirteen corps and solidified their reputation as, "the corps that would not die." [2][3]

Disaster struck again a decade later when, while on a 1982 tour in the United Kingdom, the corps' funds were embezzled, leaving members and staff stranded and financially insolvent in England. The Corps made it back home with the assistance of the US State Department for members under the age of 18, and all others paid their own way or received assistance from a handful of very generous supporters. The airline involved filed a receivership action, and several alumni stepped in to negotiate the release of title to the Corps' assets. Once more, the corps refused to die, fielding a small unit in 1983 as the Boston Drum and Bugle Corps. The instructional staff produced a first-class program, working tirelessly without compensation. During that year, the Corps marched in every parade possible within a day's drive of Boston, and repaid all of the Corps' debts, with the exception of the airline, which was never pursued. Three years later, the Corps resumed the use of the Boston Crusaders name.[2][3]

Through the years, BAC had fostered a well-earned image of toughness. Prior to DCI Prelims in Miami in 1983, a gang of street thugs was harassing corps as they prepared to enter the Orange Bowl Stadium. The Boston Crusaders, " adept with fists as with bugles..." solved the problem by chasing the gang away. However, this attitude was not conducive to attracting sufficient numbers of talented members to be a truly competitive corps, and in combination with a reputation for being troublemakers, the corps was relegated to middling rankings within DCI through the 1980s and '90's.[2][3]

File:Boston Crusaders 26 July 2008.jpg
Traditional Boston Crusaders uniform, 2008

Under corps director Jim Cronin from 1996 to 2000, the corps adopted a new philosophy of "professionalism, accountability, and responsibility" for its members. In 1999, the Boston Crusaders finally earned a place among DCI's Top Twelve Finalists. They have returned to Finals in every year since, placing as high as fifth in 2000 & 2002 & 2018.[2][3]

Historically, the Boston Crusaders have often been drum corps innovators. They were the first corps to march double tenor drums in 1967; the first to march tympani in 1968 (as the Majestic Knights of nearby Charlestown also did); the first with slides on their horns to allow playing a chromatic scale; and, although they were penalized for it in every show, the first to use a synthesizer in 1985.[2][3][4]

On January 21, 2013, the corps marched in President Barack Obama's second inauguration parade.

The Boston Crusaders experienced one of its most competitive and successful seasons in the summer of 2018. The corps finished in 5th place at the 2018 Drum Corps International World Championships, with the color guard winning the George Zingali caption award for Best Guard--- the first time the Boston corps had ever won a caption at the world championships. This was followed in 2019 by a 6th place finish, despite an improved score, and a second successive Zingali Award.

Sponsorship[edit | edit source]

The Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps are sponsored by Inspire Arts & Music, a 501 (c) (3) musical organization that has a Board of Directors, an Executive Director, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. The board president and CEO is James Cronin, Christopher Holland is the COO and Executive Director of Inspire Arts and Music, Inc. and the Boston Crusaders.[7][8]

In April 2015, the organization announced the purchase of a building in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston, where the corps was founded in 1940. This building will house the Inspire Arts & Music offices and provide a retail location for its Great East Music Store.[9]

Show summary (1972–2022)[edit | edit source]


Gold background indicates DCI Championship; pale blue background indicates DCI Class Finalist; pale green background indicates DCI semifinalist.

Year Theme Repertoire Score Placement
1972 Opening Scene (from Boris Gudonov) by Modest Mussorgsky / Yankee Doodle (Traditional) /
Zorba The Greek by Mikis Theodorakis / Beginnings by Robert Lamm
/ Make Me Smile by James Pankow / Persian Market by Albert Ketèlbey
--- ---
1973 El Capitan by John Philip Sousa / Yankee Doodle (Traditional) / Man of La Mancha by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion /
War March And Battle Hymn Of The Vikings by Alfred Reed / Cast A Giant Shadow by Elmer Bernstein /
Hava Nagila (Traditional) / Meat And Metal Shoes (Original drum feature) /
California Dreamin' by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips /
Conquest (from Captain From Castile) by Alfred Newman
51.85 39th
1974 Oklahoma Crude by Henry Mancini / Pop Goes the Weasel (Traditional) / Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield /
Hatikvah (Israeli National Anthem) by Giuseppe Cenci, adapted by Samuel Cohen /
California Dreamin' by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips / Conquest by Alfred Newman
62.60 37th
1975 Lohengrin by Richard Wagner / Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield / Cast a Giant Shadow by Elmer Bernstein /
Sader Stomp (Original) / Captain from Castile by Alfred Newman / Eberhard (Original drum feature by Vose) /
Love's Theme by Aaron Schroeder / Conquest by Alfred Newman
67.20 27th
1976 Coronation March by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky / Love's Theme by Aaron Schroeder /
Simple Song & Kyrie (from Mass) by Leonard Bernstein / Hatikvah by Giuseppe Cenci, adapted by Samuel Cohen /
Hava Nagila (Traditional) / Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian /
When Will I See You Again by Kenneth Gamble and Leon A. Huff / Conquest by Alfred Newman
75.20 20th
1977 Fifth Symphony by Dmitri Shostakovich / Coronation March by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky /
Samba de Haps by Mark Taylor /
Spanish Fantasy by Armando Anthony "Chick" Corea / Hava Nagila (Traditional) /
Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian / Conquest by Alfred Newman
81.15 17th
1978 Finale from the Fifth Symphony in E Flat & Festive Overture by Dmitri Shostakovich /
Hatikvah by Giuseppe Cenci, adapted by Samuel Cohen / Hava Nagila (Traditional) /
Spanish Fantasy by Armando Anthony "Chick" Corea / Threshold by Patrick Williams / Conquest by Alfred Newman
78.50 15th
1979 Coronation of Boris Gudonov by Modest Mussorgsky / Ode to Joy (from Ninth Symphony) by Ludwig van Beethoven /
Threshold by Patrick Williams / Birdland by Joe Zawinul /
Fantasy by Maurice White, Verdine White, and Eddie del Barrio /
Time for a Change by Hank Levy / Conquest by Alfred Newman
74.75 19th
1980 The Aristophanic Wasp by Ralph Vaughan Williams / Kid Charlemagne by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen /
And on the Sixth Day by Patrick Williams / Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven /
Time for a Change by Hank Levy / Conquest by Alfred Newman
63.90 25th
1981 Coronation of Boris Gudonov by Modest Mussorgsky / Best Coast by John LaBarbera /
Flamenco by Chick Corea / Wacky Dust by Oscar Levant and Stanley Adams /
And on the Sixth Day, Threshold & Lady Beside Me by Patrick Williams / Conquest by Alfred Newman
66.55 25th
1982 Samson and Delilah by Camille Saint-Saëns / Threshold by Patrick Williams /
Kitty's Back by Bruce Springsteen / Spain by Chick Coera /
While My Guitar Gently Weeps by George Harrison / Conquest by Alfred Newman
65.30 26th
1983 Mexicali Nose by Harry Betts / Billie Jean by Michael Jackson / Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven /
Conquest by Alfred Newman
63.75 21st
1984 Mexicali Nose by Harry Betts / The Rainmaker by Earl Klugh / Moments in Japan (Unknown) /
California Dreamin' by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips / Conquest by Alfred Newman
76.20 19th
1985 Romantic Symphony #2 by Howard Hanson / Turquoise (Unknown) / Exception to the Rule (Drum feature) /
Axel F (from Beverly Hills Cops) by Harold Faltermeyer / The Rainmaker by Earl Klugh /
California Dreamin' by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips / Conquest by Alfred Newman
74.40 20th
1986 Fifth Symphony by Dmitri Shostakovich / Coronation March by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky /
Smooth Operator by Sade Adu and Ray St. John / Bluesette by Toots Thielemans /
Conga by Enrique E. Garcia / Conquest by Alfred Newman
79.90 16th
1987 Music for Wind and Percussion by Elliot del Borgo / Havalah (Unknown) / Hava Nagila (Traditional) /
Unsquare Dance by Dave Brubeck / Hello Again by Chick Corea/ Conquest by Alfred Newman
82.80 14th
1988 Music for Wind and Percussion by Elliot del Borgo /
At the End of the Day, Attack on Rue Plumet, One Day More & Do You Hear the People Sing?
All from Les Misérables by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel, and Herbert Kretzmer /
Conquest by Alfred Newman
77.60 20th
1989 Man of La Mancha by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion /
A Whiter Shade of Pale by Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, and Matthew Fisher /
Conquest by Alfred Newman
78.80 17th
1990 Coronation of Boris Gudonov by Modest Mussorgsky / Captain from Castile & Conquest by Alfred Newman 84.05 15th
1991 Selections from Rocky War, Conquest & Training Montage (All from Rocky) by Bill Conti /
Conquest by Alfred Newman
81.00 16th
1992 Pictures at an Exhibition Promenade, Hut of Baba-Yaga, Tuileries, Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks,
The Old Castle, Market Place at Limoges & Great Gate of Kiev
All from Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky
82.20 14th
1993 Russian Easter Overture, Sheherazade: The Prince and the Princess & Sheherazade: Festival in Baghdad
All by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
82.40 14th
1994 Russian Cameos Russian Easter Overture by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov /
Troika & Romance (from Lieutenant Kije Suite) by Sergei Prokofiev /
Russian Sailor's Dance (from The Red Poppy) by Reinhold Glière
82.60 13th
1995 Pat Metheny Music Are We There Yet? by Lyle Mays / Beat 70 & Cathedral in a Suitcase by Pat Metheny /
First Circle by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays
74.40 16th
1996 Portraits of
Our Homeland-
The East
Variations on America (God Save the Queen) by Charles Ives / America The Beautiful by Samuel A. Ward /
Festival Overture on the Star Spangled Banner by Dudley Buck / Grover's Corner (from Our Town) by Aaron Copland /
Children's Dance (from Merry Mount Suite) by Howard Hanson / Times Square (from On the Town) by Leonard Bernstein
74.70 17th
1997 Portraits of
Our Homeland,
Conflicts & Resolution
Original Fanfare by Michael Klesch and Thom Hannum / Chester Overture by William Schuman /
Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland / Eternal Father by Johan Lindegren /
Navy Hymn (Eternal Father, Strong to Save) by John Bacchus Dykes / Victory at Sea by Richard Rodgers
80.50 15th
1998 Seascapes:
From the Big Screen
The Sea Hawk by Erich Wolfgang Korngold / Captain from Castile & Conquest by Alfred Newman 81.20 15th
1999 A Collection
of Symphonic Dances
Armenian Dances by Alfred Reed /
Allegro Risoluto (from English Dances) & Allegretto (from Scottish Dances) by Malcolm Arnold /
Prelude (from La Fiesta Mexicana) by H. Owen Reed / Symphonic Dance No. 3 - Fiesta by Clifton Williams
88.60 9th
2000 RED Bolero by Maurice Ravel / Intensity by Marty McCartt / / Time To Say Goodbye by Lucio Quarantotto /
Day Danse by Chick Corea / Symphonic Dance No. 3 - Fiesta by Clifton Williams
92.35 5th
2001 Harmonium Wild Nights from Harmonium by John Adams / Marimba Spiritual by Minoru Miki /
Brothers & Gabriel's Oboe (from the Mission) by Ennio Morricone /
Dance of the New World & Shakata: Singing the World into Existence by Dana Wilson /
Original Music by Marty McCartt and Rich Viano
88.80 9th
2002 You Are My Star Intro to Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland / The American President by Marc Shaiman /
Allegro (from Appalachian Spring) by Aaron Copland / America (Version unknown) /
Clarinet Concerto by Artie Shaw / You Are My Star by Robert Seeley /
Simple Gifts (from Appalachian Spring) by Aaron Copland
92.40 5th
2003 BRAVO! Bolero by Maurice Ravel / Pavana (from Tres Versiones Sinfonica) by Julián Orbón /
The Prayer by David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager, Alberto Testa, and Tony Renis /
Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo /
Spanish Fantasy by Chick Corea / Malaguena by Ernesto Lecuona
90.95 6th
2004 The Composition
of Color
Introduction / Colored Rhythms / Colored Harmonies / Colored Dynamics / Colored Combinations / Closing
All original compositions by the Boston Crusaders staff
90.525 9th
2005 Ode to Joy Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by Johann Sebastian Bach / Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein /
The Promise of Living (from Tender Land) by Aaron Copland / Sing Sang Sung by Gordon Goodwin /
Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven
88.40 9th
2006 Cathedrals
of the Mind
blue cathedral & Concerto for Orchestra by Jennifer Higdon / The Windmills of Your Mind by Michel Legrand /
Original by Jay Kennedy, Rich Viano, and Jerry Carpenter
87.325 10th
2007 A Picasso Suite In Pace by Patrick Doyle / Cruzados by Jay Kennedy / Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla / La Fiesta by Chick Coreea 89.10 9th
2008 Neocosmos Also Spracht Zarathustra by Richard Strauss / Kingfishers Catch Fire by John Mackey / Moondance by Van Morrison /
August Rhapsody by Mark Mancina / Burly Brawl (from the Matrix Reloaded) by Juno Reactor vs. Don Davis
87.275 10th
2009 The Core of
Bacchanale (from Samson and Delilah)by Camille Saint-Saëns / Salome by Richard Strauss /
Belkis, Queen of Sheba by Ottorino Respighi / Dance of the Maenads by John Psathas /
Myst by Steve Zuckerman / Oceana by Osvaldo Golijov
90.70 7th
2010 Thy Kingdom Come Throne Procession and Fanfare by Jay Kennedy / Tenth Symphony, Second Movement by Dmitri Shostakovich /
Power Shift by Jay Kennedy / Planet Damnation by John Psathas /
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (variation 18) by Sergei Rachmaninoff / The Quest for Glory by Jay Kennedy
89.35 9th
2011 Revolution Do You Hear the People Sing / I Dreamed a Dream / The Attack on Rue Plumet /
On My Own / Bring Him Home / One Day More
All from Les Misérables by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel, and Herbert Kretzmer /
1812 Overture by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
90.65 8th
2012 The Titans Pines of Rome & Roman Festivals by Ottorino Respighi / Symphony #10 by Dmitri Shostakovich /
Evey Reborn (from V for Vendetta) by Dario Marianelli /
War Dance (from Belkis, Queen of Sheba) by Ottorino Respighi / Symphony No 1 (Titan) by Gustav Mahler
89.10 7th
2013 Rise Sit Down, Stand Up by Thom Yorke / Water Night by Eric Whitacre / Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard /
Lean on Me by Bill Withers / Test Drive (from How to Train Your Dragon) by John Powell /
Time (from Inception) by Hans Zimmer /Original Music by Ryan George
90.40 8th
2014 Animal Farm Old MacDonald Had a Farm (Traditional) / The Battle on the Ice (from Alexander Nevsky) by Sergei Prokofiev /
Oh My Darling, Clementine by H. S. Thompson adapted by Percy Montrose /
Polyuska Polye (O Field, My Field) & Symphony No 4 in D Minor by Levi Knipper /
Symphony No 11, Mvmt. 2 by Dmitri Shostakovich / Concert Romanesq, Mvmt, 4 by György Ligeti /
Concert for Violin and Orchestra by Samuel Barber / Conquest by Alfred Newman/ Original Music by Ryan George
88.950 10th
2015 Conquest Game of Thrones by Ramin Djawadi / Conquest (from Captain From Castile) by Alfred Newman /
Palladio by Karl Jenkins / Take What is Ours (from Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag) by Brian Tyler /
5 Variants of Dives & Lazarus by Ralph Vaughan Williams /
The Battle (from Gladiator) by Hans Zimmer / Original Music by Ryan George and Ellis Hampton
86.800 10th
2016 Quixotic The Impossible Dream (The Quest), Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote), Dulcinea
All from Man of La Mancha by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion /
Asturias (Leyenda) (from Suite España, Op 47) by Isaac Albéniz/ Kiriki Film (from IRIS) by Danny Elfman /
Quixotic (original music) by Ryan George, Ellis Hampton, and Marty O'Donnell
84.800 12th
2017 Wicked Games I. Full Forest Moon and Rising of the Sun– Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven /
An Invocation of Veles and Ala (from Scythian Suite) by Sergei Prokofiev /
II. Whispers and Accusations –Whispers (Original composition) by Colin McNutt, Iain Moyer, and Michael Zellers /
Contrage Macabre (from Grohg) by Aaron Copland /
III. Tortured– Wicked Game by Chris Isaak /
IV. Hunt for the Afflicted– Toccata (from Piano Concerto No. 1) by Alberto Ginastera /
V. Trial and Execution– The Verdict (Original composition) by Ryan George, Colin McNutt, and Iain Moyer
92.963 6th
2018 S.O.S. Act 1 : Distress — Salvation is Created by Pavel Chesnokov / A Breathless Alleluia by Philip Wilby /
Act 2 : Survival — Marimba Spiritual by Minoru Miki / Sensemaya by Silvestre Revueltas /
Extinguished (Original Composition) by Ryan George, Colin McNutt, Iain Moyer, and Michael Zellers /
Act 3 : Salvation — End Credits (from Cast Away) by Alan Silvestri /
Amazing Grace (Traditional) and John Newton. adapted by William Walker
94.3125 5th
2019 Goliath Enough of Our Machines by Ryan Lott (Son Lux) /
Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanley, and Chris Hughes (Tears for Fears) /
On the Shoulders of Giants by Peter Graham / Giant Steps by John Coltrane /
My Shot (from Hamilton) by Lin-Manuel Miranda / Fanfare for Rocky by Bill Conti /
Once Upon a Castle by Michael Daugherty
94.488 6th
2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Zoom Lights Out by Ryan George, Colin McNutt, & Iain Moyer / The Green Hornet by Billy May /
Mercury, The Winged Messenger by Gustav Holst /
With or Without You and Where the Streets Have No Name by Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen Jr. (U2) /
The Distance by Gregory P. Brown / Short Ride in a Fast Machine by John Adams
2022 Paradise Lost A Child’s Garden of Dreams by David Maslanka / What a Wonderful World by Bob Thiele and George Weiss /
Bad Hombres (y mujeres) by Antonio Sanchez / Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio /
Symphony No. 7: Mvmt-3 by David Maslanka / Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: VII. Lacrimosa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
97.325 2nd

Caption Awards[edit | edit source]

At the annual World Championship Finals, Drum Corps International (DCI) presents awards to the corps with the highest average scores from prelims, semifinals, and finals in five captions. The Boston Crusaders have won these caption awards:

George Zingali Best Color Guard Award

  • 2018, 2019, 2022

Traditions[edit | edit source]

Conquest[edit | edit source]

The Boston Crusaders first performed Alfred Newman's "Conquest" from the 1947 swashbuckling motion picture, Captain From Castille in 1969 and repeated it in 1970. The corps brought the tune back in 1973 & '74, then performed it as a part of their show every year from 1976 through 1990. Since then, "Conquest" had become a signature piece for the Crusaders even so far as including a two-measure quote called the "conquest shots", six unison and high dynamic notes, in various forms throughout the corps' shows. Fans and alumni of the corps take the shots as their cue to fill in the two rests with a shouted "HUH!"

Longer, extended quotes from "Conquest" have also commonly been heard in shows as recently as 2008's Neocosmos, 2010's Thy Kingdom Come, 2013's Rise, 2014's Animal Farm, and specially in the corps' 75th anniversary show Conquest in 2015.[11]

Waldo[edit | edit source]

The Boston Crusader's symbol is King Richard's split-tailed lion. Affectionately known as "Waldo", the lion can be seen on all of the corps' vehicles, on the corps members' jackets, on corps merchandise, and as tattoos on many members and alumni of the Crusaders.[11]

Fans[edit | edit source]

Fans and alumni of the Boston Crusaders often scream "Eat 'em up, Boston!" before the start of a show.

Giant[edit | edit source]

The Crusaders' corps song "Giant" is based on the main theme from the 1956 movie, Giant. Traditionally sung by the corps before shows, "Giant" has also been commonly played at the end of rehearsals, in the lot before shows, and as an on-field warm-up.[11]

Nicknames[edit | edit source]

The corps is commonly referred to as "BAC", which officially stands for "Boston Area Crusaders". However, the corps in its earlier days earned the alternative nickname of the "Bad Ass Crusaders", representing their aggressive attitudes both on and off the field.[12]

On July 2, 2015, it was formally declared by the corps' administration that, henceforth, "BAC" would also stand for "Building A Champion".[13]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Corps". Drum Corps International. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 A History of Drum & Bugle Corps, Vol. 2; Steve Vickers, ed.; Drum Corps World, pub.; 2003, cited May 8, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 "History for Boston Crusaders". Maher Associates, Inc. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Boston Crusaders". Retrieved February 3, 2009.
  5. "Fanfare: In memory of John F. Kennedy". Drum Corps International. November 20, 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  6. "Fanfare: Determination: Believing in the Midwest Combine". Drum Corps International. March 12, 2004. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
  7. "About us/Board of DIrectors". Inspire Arts and Music. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  8. "About us/Staff directory". Inspire Arts and Music. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  9. "INSPIRE ARTS & MUSIC RETURNS HOME TO HYDE PARK, MA". Inspire Arts & Music. April 3, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  10. "Boston Crusaders/Repertoire". DCX: The Drum Corps Xperience. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "Drum Corps through an artist's eye---the Boston Crusaders". Drum Corps World. November 2017. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  12. "Boston Crusaders- Histiry". Modotech, Inc in partnership with the 21st Century Foundation d/b/a DCX: The Drum Corps Xperience. Retrieved 2020-04-01.
  13. "Field Pass Podcast: Inside Boston's 75th celebrations". Drum Corps International. July 8, 2015. Retrieved July 8, 2015.

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