Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps
|Location||Raleigh, North Carolina|
|Division||DCI Open Class|
|Executive Director||Larry Harper Jr.|
|Corps Director||Jesse Rackley|
|Championship titles||DCA Class A Champion 2012, 2018, 2019|
Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps is an Open Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Formerly based in Rocky Mount and Greensboro in its earlier years, Carolina Gold is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Established in the fall of 2000, the primary function of Carolina Gold is to provide a drum and bugle corps for the state of North Carolina. Gold strives to provide its performing members with a stimulating and rewarding instructional, competitive, and social experience. Performance units of this award-winning Corps consists of the horn line, the battery (drum line), front ensemble (pit), and a visual ensemble (color guard).
Carolina Gold members are a diverse group of high school and college musicians, band directors, business people, parents, coming from all walks of life. Members come from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia with ages ranging from 16 to over 50 years of age. Experience levels range from high school through college band as well as drum and bugle corps experience on the DCI World Class level.
The DCA competitive season begins in June and ends with the DCA World Championships taking place each year on Labor Day Weekend. Practices and performances are scheduled on weekends with rehearsals occurring bi-weekly starting in the winter months.
Carolina Gold finished in eighth place in Open Class at the 2005 DCA World Championships and in tenth place at the 2006 DCA World Championships in Rochester, NY. In 2009, Gold finished in fourth place in Class A at the 2009 DCA World Championships. In 2010, Gold placed third at the 2010 Championship along with receiving the High Percussion Award. In 2011, Gold once again finished third in Class A at the DCA World Championships and also won first place colorguard and again won the Class A high percussion award. In 2012, Carolina Gold was crowned the DCA Class A World Champion. The Corps once again won first place colorguard and first place percussion. For the first time in the Corps history, Carolina Gold won first place in the Brass and Visual captions.
After winning in A Class, Carolina Gold returned to Open Class and was a finalist in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, the corps provided the finals exhibition performance.
In 2018, Carolina Gold returned to the A Class classification, which proved to be a great move for the organization as the Corps placed first at finals and won all the scored caption awards.
In 2020, the corps made the change from an all-age corps to a junior corps and was approved for competition in DCI Open Class.
Show summary (2001-2022)[edit | edit source]
|2001||Revolution||"Castle On A Cloud", "Dog Eat Dog", "At the End of the Day", "Master of the House", "Attack On Rue Plummet", "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables", "Valjean's Soliloquay", "Do You Hear the People Sing", "One Day More". All selections from the Broadway musical "Les Miserables"||Did not Compete|
|2002||GOLDSpell: A Celebration of Life||"Prepare Ye", "Save the People", "We Beseech Thee", "Day by Day", "O Bless the Lord My Soul", "Alas Alas", "Finale". All selections from the musical "Godspell"||75.850||15th||Open|
|2003||LA Confidential: The Music of Cy Coleman||"Prolgue and Theme"(From City of Angels), "Dont Take Much & Use What You Got (from The Life), "My Friend" (from The Life), "Funny" (from City of Angels)||81.063||13th||Open|
|2004||Hanging with Dave||"Warehouse", "Dreaming Tree", "Too Much", "Kit Kat Jam", "Drive In, Drive Out"||81.088||11th (tie)||Open|
|2005||Reflections||"Summertime" (from Porgy and Bess), "Fascinatin' Rhythm" (from Lady Be Good), "I Got Rhythm" (from Girl Crazy), "Autumn Leaves", "Remembrance"||85.988||8th||Open|
|2006||Monster off a Leash: The Music of Tower of Power||"You're Still A Young Man", "What Is Hip", "You Cant Fall Up", "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride"||84.775||10th||Open|
|2008||American Holidays||"New Years", "Gloria", "Chester Overture", "Halloween Medley", "Carol of the Bells", "5 Golden Rings"||75.888||8th||A|
|2009||Requiem||"Dies Irae" (from Days of Wrath), "Mass", "Agnus Dei" (from Adagio For Strings), "Lux Aeterna" (from Requiem for a Dream), "Joy" (from Awakening)||76.063||4th||A|
|2010||Primary Suspects||"Perry Mason Theme", "Prelude" (from Psycho), "North By Northwest", "Scene d'Amour", "The Trouble With Harry", "Death Hunt" (from On Dangerous Ground)||81.738||3rd||A|
|2011||A City Never Sleeps||"A New York State of Mind", "Metroplex", "Harlem Nocturne", "Blue Rhondo A La Turk", "Unsquare Dance", "Birdland"||83.850||3rd||A|
|2012||Out of the Shadows||"Suite No. 1 Opus 55 – Solveig’s Song", "Hall of the Mountain King", "Fix You" (by Coldplay), "A-Ha!" (by Imogen Heap)||82.600||1st||A|
|2013||Mission: Accepted||Original Music by Rob Stein, Justin Mabry, and Sean Combes||84.030||10th||Open|
|2014||The Darkest Hour||“Moonlight Sonata” (Beethoven) “Ballet Suite No. 4” (Shostakovich) “Night On Bald Mountain” (Mussorgsky) “Danse Macabre” (Camille Saint-Saëns) “Lacrimosa” (Mozart) “Sleepy Hollow” (Elfman)||85.200||9th||Open|
|2015||Let it Snow||Palladio (Karl Jenkins), "Let it Go", "L'inverno (Vivaldi), "The Frozen Cathedral" (John Mackey)||82.950||11th||Open|
|2016||Mirror Mirror||Lux Aurumque (Eric Whitacre), Fly to Paradise (Eric Whitacre), Man In the Mirror (Michael Jackson), Mirrors (Justin Timberlake), Joy (from Awakening) (Joseph Curiale), Harrison's Dream (Peter Graham), Serenada Schizophrana (Danny Elfman)||80.680||14th||Open|
|2017||So Into You||Repertoire not available||81.000||12th||Open|
|2018||Changing Directions||"Rocky Point Holiday" (Ron Nelson), "Take On Me" (Hidden Citizens), 'Orawa" (Wojciech Kilar), "One Man Show" (Jeff Beal)||82.55||1st||A|
|2019||Come One, Come All!||“Send in the Clowns” (Stephen Soundheim) “Little Suite for Brass” (Malcolm Arnold) “Sabre Dance” (Aram Khachaturian) “Dance of the Jesters” (Tchaikovsky) “Never Enough” From the Greatest Showman (Benji Pasek and Justin Paul)||84.225||1st||A|
|2020||Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic|
|2021||Opted out of competition for the season|
Winter Guard International[edit | edit source]
1. Midas Winds (Winds)
2. Alchemy Independent (Percussion)
3. Legacy Independent (Color Guard)
Midas Winds[edit | edit source]
Midas Winds is Carolina Gold's Indoor Winds group. They compete in Independent Open. They are the first WGI winds group to be started by a drum corps They were originally known as The Carolina Gold Winds before they changed to Midas Winds. They have been inactive since the 2018 season due to a lack of membership.
Show Summary 2016–Present
Alchemy Independent[edit | edit source]
Alchemy Independent is Carolina Gold's Indoor Percussion Group. They were founded in 2016 to provide an Independent Percussion Group to the Triangle Region of North Carolina. They compete in WGI and AIA as a Percussion Independent Open (PIO) group. 
Show Summary 2017–Present
|2018||Hidden Faces, Hidden Costs||82.500||27th|
|2019||The Other Side||80.150||30th|
Legacy Independent[edit | edit source]
Legacy independent was Carolina Gold's Indoor Color Guard Program. They Competed In WGI and AIA as a Color Guard Independent Open (CGIO) Unit. As of 2019, they have combined with First Flight Winterguard From Cary, NC.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Scores - Drum Corps Associates". Archived from the original on 28 December 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
- "Historical Drum Corps Score Archive". Retrieved 27 December 2011.
- "Historical Drum Corps Score Archive".
- "Drum Corps Associates" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-05-17. Retrieved 2012-11-05.
- "The Drum Corps Repertoire Database". Retrieved 27 December 2011.