Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps

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The Bushwackers
File:Bush logo.jpg
LocationPrinceton, New Jersey
DivisionOpen Class
DirectorJim Dugan
Championship titlesDCA: 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993
UniformBlue 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,[1][2] It was founded in 1981 in Harrison, New Jersey.[3] 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.[4] 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[5] with a field corps forming in 1982. They were once located in Harrison, New Jersey.[6] 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.[7] In 2014 the Bushwackers performed as the opening act at the Special Olympics USA closing ceremony.[8][9] In 2018, the Corps established the Bushwackers Academy, an educational organization.[10]

Show Summary[edit | edit source]


Gold background indicates DCA Championship; pale blue background indicates DCA Class Finalist

Year Theme Repertoire Score Placement
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
1990 Prototype

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
2008 Gypsodic! Repertoire unavailable 93.425 6th
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]

Corps Song

The Bushwackers corps song is The Perfect Year from Sunset Boulevard by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Music of the Night". The Scranton Times-Tribune. July 28, 2019.
  2. "Strike up the band: Drum and Bugle Corps returns to Wahconah Park". The Berkshire Eagle.
  3. "Drumcorps FAQ 6/6 DCA - senior corps info". faqs.cs.uu.nl.
  4. Beck, John H. (November 26, 2013). Encyclopedia of Percussion. Routledge. ISBN 9781317747680 – via Google Books.
  5. "Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps". Princeton, NJ Patch. August 13, 2011. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  6. "Bushwackers Move to Jupiter Quantum Brass". Drum Corps Planet Forums.
  7. "Bushwackers Appear on "The Daily Show"". Halftime Magazine. September 25, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  8. "Drum Corps Associates » The Bushwackers Perform at the Special Olympics".
  9. "The Bushwackers Perform at the 2014 Special Olympics – Bushwackers Drum & Bugle Corps".
  10. "Bushwackers, ASPIRA, and Musicopia Boost Music Education Philadelphia". Halftime Magazine Magazine. December 4, 2018. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  11. "DCX - Drum Corps Xperience". www.dcxmuseum.org.
  12. "History by Season". April 8, 2012.

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