Columbus Saints Drum and Bugle Corps

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Columbus Saints
File:Columbus saints logo.png
Columbus Saints Performing Arts
TypeDrum and Bugle Corps
LocationColumbus, Ohio
DivisionDCA Class A
MACBDA Open Class
FoundedTemplate:Start date and age
Founder and CEOMarshall Cheatham
Executive DirectorLe Ron Carlton
UniformBlack Cadet Uniform, Maroon Cummerbund and Black Shako

Columbus Saints Drum and Bugle Corps is an all-age drum and bugle corps based in Columbus, Ohio. The corps is a member of Drum Corps Associates (DCA), Small Drum Corps Association (SDCA) and Mid-America Competing Band Directors Association (MACBDA).

The corp also competes in Drum Corps International's SoundSport.

History[edit | edit source]

Founded as the Saints Drumline in 2003, the corps began as an after-school musical outlet for kids. In 2012, the drumline expanded into a drum and bugle corps using a stock of G major bugles.

The corps partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Columbus in 2014 to provide free music programs for club members in the Franklinton neighborhood. The "BOOM" performance ensemble resulted from this partnership.[1]

The Saints completed a one-year residency at Flex High School, a charter school supported by the United Way of Central Ohio, in 2017. The residency allowed the corps to offer performance opportunities to students.[2] Later that year, the corps applied to compete as a member of Drum Corps Associates (DCA).[3] After an evaluation by DCA board members, the corps was approved for competition in Class A in June 2018.[4]

Beginning in 2019, the Columbus Saints was approved for competition in Drum Corps International's All Age Division, which allows the corps to perform at a greater number of shows closer to Ohio, where DCA adjudicated shows are scarce due to the geographic location of the majority of DCA member corps.

About[edit | edit source]

The corps is sponsored by the Saints Performing Arts, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization. Marshall Cheatham is the founder and CEO, and the LeRon Carlton is executive director of the Saints's programs including the corps.[5]

Mission and traditions[edit | edit source]

The corps' mission is to inspire "excellence through teamwork, discipline, and creativity" through the "performing arts."[6] The corps recites the "Saint's creed" to build morale and camaraderie prior to performances.

Show Summary (2014–19)[edit | edit source]

Year Theme Repertoire Score Result
2014 Symphony No. 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven / Pachelbel's Canon by Johann Pachelbel / William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini SoundSport
2015 The Age of Swing "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills /
"Stompin' at the Savoy" by Edgar Sampson / "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)" by Louis Prima
2016 Elements of Funk "In the Stone" by Allee Willis, David Foster, and Maurice White / "Fantasy" by Maurice White, Verdine White, and Eddie del Barrio / "Shining Star" by Maurice White, Larry Dunn, and Philip Bailey SoundSport
2017 Come Together "We Can Work It Out" by Lennon–McCartney / "Ordinary People" by John Legend and / James Brown in the Twilight Zone by Chris Brubeck 72.4 MACBDA 6th
(Open Class)
2018 American Struggle "Battle Hymn of the Republic" by Julia Ward Howe / "Strange Fruit" by Abel Meeropol / "Stand Up for Something" by Common and Diane Warren / "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)" by Louis Prima / "The Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa 67.6[7]

(Open Class)
DCA 8th
Class A
2019 Heart of Steam "Clockwork Heart" by Bear McCreary / "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" by Panic! At the Disco / "Curious World" by Alice's Night Circus 74.3


(Class A)
All Age Class
Class A

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus Home". Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus. Archived from the original on March 18, 2017. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  2. Peterfy, Geoffrey (2018-02-27). "GDM: Flex High School". WTTE. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  3. "Saints Announce 2018 Programs & DCA Application | Columbus Saints". 2017-11-17. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  4. Auclair, Francois (2018-06-18). "Drum Corps Associates » Columbus Saints Join Class A in 2018". Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  5. "About Us". Saints Performing Arts Inc. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  6. "Home - Columbus Saints". Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  7. "MACBDA for better bands". MACBDA for better bands. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  8. "CompetitionSuite". Retrieved 2018-09-28.

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