Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps
|Location||Princeton, New Jersey|
|Championship titles||DCA: 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993|
|Uniform||Blue Jacket with Magenta, Black & White "Piano-Key" Baldric, Black Pants & Shoes, white gauntlets and aussie with white and magenta plume|
The Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps is an all-age drum and bugle corps that competes in the Drum Corps Associates circuit, It was founded in 1981 in Harrison, New Jersey. The corps is based in Princeton, New Jersey and is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization. The corps' percussion section is the only one in either junior or senior corps to ever win six straight High Percussion Awards at Championships: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991. The Corps has won the Drum Corps Associates Open Class World Champions six times.
History[edit | edit source]
The Bushwackers Drum and Bugle corps was formed as a parade corps in 1981 with a field corps forming in 1982. They were once located in Harrison, New Jersey. During their first year of competition, The Bushwackers were able to make DCA finals in 8th place. In 1983, the corps was very competitive and ended the season with a fifth place showing. The corps continued to grow until 1986, with a brand new staff, The Bushwackers captured their first DCA title. This placed The Bushwackers in the upper echelon of DCA corps. The Bushwackers would go on to win the DCA twice more before the end of the decade. In the 1990s, The Bushwackers continued their championship ways, going on to take DCA’s top spot again in 1990, 1992, and 1993. The corps has been a top ten Finalist of DCA in 35 of its 38 years. In 2013 the Corps made its television debut on The Daily Show. In 2014 the Bushwackers performed as the opening act at the Special Olympics USA closing ceremony. In 2018, the Corps established the Bushwackers Academy, an educational organization.
Show Summary[edit | edit source]
Gold background indicates DCA Championship; pale blue background indicates DCA Class Finalist
|1982||Clash of Titans by Laurence Rosenthal / Fish Legs by Walter Murphey / Mickey Mouse by Frank Churchill / That Cat is High by J.M. Williams / Snowbird Fantasy by Robert James / Chariots of Fire by Vangelis||70.550||8th|
|1983||Cleopatra's Asp by Doc Severinsen / Emerald Eyes by Louis Alter / Egyptian Danza by Al DiMeola / Quensabe Los Suertas de Los Tontos (from Cuban Fire Suite) by Johnny Richards / La Suerte de Los Tontos (from Cuban Fire Suite) by Johnny Richards / Chariots of Fire by Vangelis||82.650||5th|
|1984||Santos by Louie Bellson and Remo Palmier / Quensabe Los Suertas de Los Tontos (from Cuban Fire Suite) by Johnny Richards / La Suerte de Los Tontos (from Cuban Fire Suite) by Johnny Richards / Egyptian Danza by Al DiMeola / I'll Be There by Berry Gordy, Hal Davis, and Willie Hutch / Thriller by Rod Temperton||89.000||3rd|
|1985||The Epic by / The First Circle / Supertonic Suite All by the Pat Metheny Group||86.550||4th|
|1986||Santos by Louie Bellson and Remo Palmier / Quensabe Los Suertas de Los Tontos (from Cuban Fire Suite) by Johnny Richards / La Suerte de Los Tontos (from Cuban Fire Suite) by Johnny Richards / Egyptian Danza by Al DiMeola / Ayres Eyes by Author Unknown||92.450||1st|
|1987||Pellet Suite by Ian McDougal / Marguerite by Sammy Nestico / Corner Pocket by Freddie Green / Ayres Eyes by Author Unknown||92.960||3rd|
|1988||Pellet Suite by Ian McDougal / Inner Crisis by Larry Willis / Mira, Mira by Matt Harris / Out of Africa (from Congo) by Marilyn Bergman||96.360||1st|
|1989||Time Check by Donald Menza / In Her Family by Pat Metheny / No Pasaran by Jeffrey Schanzer / Mira, Mira by Matt Harris||95.100||1st|
|Prototype by Steve Melillo||96.900||1st|
|1991||Son of Storm||Son of Storm by Steve Melillo||94.000||3rd|
|1992||Sweeney Todd||History of the World by Author Unknown / The Ballad of Sweeney Todd / My Friends (from Sweeney Todd) / Worst Pies in London (from Sweeney Todd) / Epiphany (from Sweeney Todd) / Nothin' Gonna Harm You (All Sweeney Todd Music by Stephen Sondheim)||96.700||1st|
|1993||Sunday in the Park with George||Putting it Together (from Sunday in the Park with George) / Color and Light (from Sunday in the Park with George) / Sunday in the Park (from Sunday in the Park with George) / Sunday (All by Stephen Sondheim)||96.600||1st|
|1994||Nightmare Before Christmas||What's This? / This is Halloween / Making Christmas / Kidnap the Sandy Claws / Sally's Song / What's This Reprise (All from the Nightmare Before Christmas by Danny Elfman)||94.200||3rd|
|1995||A Symphony For Drum Corps||Mathis der Maler by Paul Hindemith / Age of Anxiety by Leonard Bernstein||93.600||4th|
|1996||Sunset Boulevard||As if We Never Said Goodbye / Let's Have Lunch / The Car Chase / With One Look (All from Sunset Boulevard by Andrew Lloyd Webster)||91.500||4th|
|1997||El Congo Valiente (from Cuban Fire Suite) by Johnny Richards / Verde Luz by Caban Vale Antonio / Festival de Ritmo by Dave Weckl / A Mis Abuelos by Arturo Sandoval||89.600||5th|
|1998||Jeckyll & Hyde||This is the Moment / Facade / Murder, Murder / Transformation / Alive / Take me as I Am (All from Jeckyll & Hyde by Frank Wildhorn & Leslie Bricusse)||85.200||8th|
|1999||Sondheim Snapshots||Overture (from Merrily We Roll Again) / Next (from Pacific Overtures) / Pretty Woman (from Sweeney Todd) / Putting it Together (from Sunday in the Park with George) (All by Stephen Sondheim)||87.800||7th|
|2000||Music from the Dark Side||The Duel of Fates (from the Phantom Menace) / The Battle (from A New Hope) / Battle in the Snow (from The Empire Strikes Back) / The Crash (from The Return of the Jedi) / The War, Ewok Battle (from The Return of the Jedi) / The End (from the Phantom Menace) (all by John Williams)||82.100||10th|
|2001||The Raging River||Into the Raging River by Steven Reineke / On the Waterfront by Leonard Bernstein||92.400||5th|
|2002||The Myths of Fire||Inferno (from Divine Comedy) by Robert W. Smith / Vesuvius by Frank Tilcheli / Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky||91.100||7th|
|2003||Journey to the Moon||Twelve Seconds to the Moon by Robert W. Smith / Star Trek: First Contact by Jerry Goldsmith / To Tame the Perilous Skies by David Holsinger||91.038||7th|
|2004||Early American Landscapes||Symphony #9 (from The New World) by Antoin Dvorak / Amber Waves by Martin Gould / William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini||88.638||8th|
|2005||Russian Winter Portraits||RussIan and Ludmilla by Mikhail Glinka / Dance of the Tumblers by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov / Romeo and Juliet / 1812 Overture (Both by Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky)||94.738||3rd|
|2006||Stages: A 25th Stages Anniversary Celebration||Fanfare for the new by Hugo Montenegro / The Perfect Year (from Sunset Boulevard) by Andrew Lloyd Webster / Rocky Point Holiday by Ron Nelson||95.638||3rd|
|2007||Around the Town||Repertoire unavailable||94.575||4th|
|2009||Scenes from a Psychotic Circus||Parade of Characters / Circus Normalus / Death Defying Feats / Freak Show / Three Ring Psychotic Circus (all from Scenes from a Psychotic Circus by Key Poulan)||88.963||9th|
|2010||Voodoo||Origins / Rituals / Gris-gris / Black Magic (all from Voodoo by Key Poulan)||86.763||9th|
|2011||A New Beginning||First Climb / Rest at High Camp / Second Climb and Avalanche / To the Summit (all from Everest by Key Poulan, Paul Rennick, and Sandra Rennick)||79.800||11th|
|2012||American Roots||Scarborough Fair (Traditional) / Chester by William Billings / Shenandoah (Traditional)||80.200||11th|
|2013||WE ARE||Intro by Dennis Argul / I am the Doctor (from Doctor Who) by Murray Gold / Some Nights by FUN / Tonight Tonight by Smashing Pumpkins||87.430||8th|
|2014||The Resistants||Supremacy by Muse / Blowin' in the Wind by Bob Dylan / Knights of Cydonia by Muse / Symphonic Metamorphosis by Paul Hindemith||89.800||7th|
|2015||Industrial (r)Evolution||Industrial Evolution / The Factory / Wild Ride (the 3 by Robert W. Smith) / Tempered Steel by Charles Rochester Young / Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar||82.300||12th|
|2016||Piano Forte||Piano Concerto No. 1 by Keith Emerson / Selection by Claude Debussy / Selection by Billy Joel||85.280||9th|
|2017||Where We Belong||Music from The Wizard of Oz by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg / Creep by Radiohead / Orawa by Wojciech Kilar, Blue Shades by Frank Ticheli||89.830||8th|
|2018||Pablo||The Canyon by Phillip Glass / Nature Boy by Eden Ahbez / Original Music||92.725||5th|
|2019||Diverge||Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber / Fearful Symmetry by John Adams / Us and Them by Richard Wright / Land of Make Believe by Chuck Mangione / Libertango by Astor Piazzola||91.625||5th|
Traditions[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "Music of the Night". The Scranton Times-Tribune. July 28, 2019.
- "Strike up the band: Drum and Bugle Corps returns to Wahconah Park". The Berkshire Eagle.
- "Drumcorps FAQ 6/6 DCA - senior corps info". faqs.cs.uu.nl.
- Beck, John H. (November 26, 2013). Encyclopedia of Percussion. Routledge. ISBN 9781317747680 – via Google Books.
- "Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps". Princeton, NJ Patch. August 13, 2011. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
- "Bushwackers Move to Jupiter Quantum Brass". Drum Corps Planet Forums.
- "Bushwackers Appear on "The Daily Show"". Halftime Magazine. September 25, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
- "Drum Corps Associates » The Bushwackers Perform at the Special Olympics".
- "The Bushwackers Perform at the 2014 Special Olympics – Bushwackers Drum & Bugle Corps".
- "Bushwackers, ASPIRA, and Musicopia Boost Music Education Philadelphia". Halftime Magazine Magazine. December 4, 2018. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
- "DCX - Drum Corps Xperience". www.dcxmuseum.org.
- "History by Season". April 8, 2012.