Golden Empire Drum and Bugle Corps

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Golden Empire
Drum and Bugle Corps
Golden Empire logo.png
LocationBakersfield, California
DivisionOpen Class
DirectorTim Heasley

The Golden Empire Drum and Bugle Corps is an Open Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Bakersfield, California, Golden Empire performs in Drum Corps International (DCI) competitions.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

The corps was founded in the Fall of 2013 at Bakersfield College as an extension of the existing Bakersfield College Drumline.[2]

Recruiting was done at local marching band shows, staff was added, and a musical program developed. Auditions were held, and members of the new corps rehearsed through the Winter and Spring, then went to corps camp in the mountains at Lebec, California.

On May 21, DCI announced that Golden Empire was one of seven new or renewed corps approved to join the 2014 summer competitions.[3]

On June 20, the corps made its debut at Clovis, marching 93 members– 43 brass, 21 battery percussion, 10 front ensemble, 16 auxiliary/color guard, and 3 drum majors. In that first show, the corps placed 3rd in Open Class, behind Vanguard Cadets and Blue Devils B, both three-time world champions in the class.[4]

For its first season, Golden Empire scheduled eight contests on four weekends in June and July, with the corps making appearances in Southern, Central, and Northern California.

In 2018, the corps traveled to the Drum Corps International World Championships for the first time.

Sponsorship[edit | edit source]

Golden Empire Drum and Bugle Corps is sponsored by Golden Empire Performing Arts, an account of the Bakersfield College Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which exists to support the activities of the Bakersfield College Drumline and the Golden Empire Drum and Bugle Corps from Bakersfield College.[5] The corps director is Tim Heasley.[6]

Show summary (2014–2021)[edit | edit source]

Source: [7]

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

Year Theme Repertoire Score DCI Placement
2014 A Journey Begins Mvt. I - A Journey Begins / Mvt. II - The Balloon Ride / Mvt. III - Thinking of Home / Mvt. IV - Uncharted Waters
All music is derived from Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World", Op. 95, B. 178 by Antonín Dvořák
Did not attend
2015 The Color of Crime The Area is Secure & Pinch of a Finger by Christophe Beck / Perfect Day for a Murder by Henry Mancini /
Feeling Good by Anthony Newley / Dreamsville by Henry Mancini /
The Damburger Incident, Dragalong Dreyfus, and Chasing Yuri (from ‎The Pink Panther) by Christophe Beck / Pink Panther by Henry Mancini
Did not attend
2016 Music Matters Paradisa Gloria by Karl Jenkins / Retribution by Edward Shearmur /
NO one To kNOW one by Andy Akiho /
Original music by Nicholas Rodriguez, Joey Hubbard, and David Ellis
Did not attend
2017 Discovering
Gems Within
Emerald – Church Windows Mvt. 2 by Ottorino Respighi
Ruby – Red (from Bright-Colored Dances) by Lewis J. Buckley
Sapphire – One Day I'll Fly Away by Joe Sample and Will Jennings
Diamond – Palladio by Karl Jenkins
Did not attend
2018 Hear Our Voice Intro (Everyday): The inside Out by Tom Newman / Movement 1 (Overworked): Foundry by John Mackey /
Movement 2 (Exhaustion): We’re Not Gonna Take It by Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) /
Movement 3 (Revolt): Revolt (Original music) by Ezekiel Lanser / Movement 4 (Reform): Cinderella Man by Tom Newman
11th Open Class
35th World Class
2019 Icarus Movement 1 (Despair): Icarus and Daedalus Fantasy by Keith Gates /
Movement 2 (Escape): The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky /
Movement 3 (Soaring): Fly To Paradise by Eric Whitacre /
Movement 4 (The Fall): The Fall (Original music) by Ezekiel Lancer /
Movement 5 (Realization): Lux Aeterna (from Verdi's Requiem) by Giuseppe Verdi /
Movement 6 (Demise): Dies Irae (from Verdi’s Requiem) by Giuseppe Verdi
9th Open Class
31st World Class
2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 REGEN Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix / Fly to Paradise by Eric Whitacre / Original music by Ezekiel Lanser

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Corps". Drum Corps International. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  2. "About Golden Empire D&B". Golden Empire Performing Arts. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
  3. "Influx of Open Class corps approved to participate in 2014 DCI Tour". Drum Corps International. May 21, 2014. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
  4. "Drum Corps in Southern California Rocked at 10-Corps Shows in Glendora and Oceanside". Drum Corps World. July 2014. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
  5. "About Golden Empire Performing Arts". Golden Empire Performing Arts. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
  6. "Staff". Golden Empire Performing Arts. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
  7. "Golden Empire". DCX: The Drum Corps Xperience. Retrieved 5 March 2018.

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