Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps

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Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps
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Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps logo
LocationSeguin, Texas
DivisionOpen Class
DirectorAdam Chrobak

The Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps is an Open Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Seguin, Texas, the Guardians perform in Drum Corps International (DCI) competitions.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Johnathan Doerr, a 19-year-old student at Texas Tech University approached his best friend, Isaac Lee, former drum major of the Blue Devils with the idea of a community-based local touring drum corps in the Central Texas area. On October 28, 2012, Doerr founded the Central Texas Drum Corps Initiative in San Marcos, the organization which would become the Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps. A meeting was held in Seguin in December to gauge community support. With 25 people attending, a decision was made to go forward with developing the future performing unit with its base relocated to Seguin.[2]

When, in early 2013, DCI announced the introduction of two new activities for small competitive units, DrumLine Battle and SoundSport, Doerr saw that he could use SoundSport as a means of helping to start the new corps.[3]

The inaugural membership/rehearsal meeting of the Guardians was held in Seguin in March. Fifteen potential members were in attendance. Aid and assistance was soon forthcoming from established drum corps such as Open Class corps Genesis and Legends, Texas' World Class corps the Crossmen, and all-age corps the Vigilantes, as well as music businesses, interested individuals, and DCI. The corps also grew in size, rapidly approaching the SoundSport maximum of 50, with members coming from throughout Texas.[4]

In June, the Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps undertook a short, in-state tour, giving several performances and concluding with a SoundSport exhibition at the DCI Southwestern Championship regional competition at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Continuing to develop slowly, with an eye focused on the financial bottom line, the Guardians entered DCI Open Class competition in 2014. Fielding a corps of 112 members (56 brass, 16 battery percussion, 12 front ensemble, 24 auxiliary/guard, 4 drum majors), the unit entered only two contests, both in its home state of Texas, at Round Rock (which was rained out) and San Antonio.

In April 2015, the Guardians again relocated, this time to Houston. Addressing the move, corps director Johnathan Doerr stated that, "Houston is, proudly, the largest city in Texas and has one of the largest hearts for the marching arts activity. The Guardians tree logo represents a 'breath of fresh air' that our organization brings, and we believe that our organization will certainly bring 'fresh air' to the Houston marching arts community. Houston hasn’t seen a Drum Corps International Junior Corps for many years, and we are excited to return a Drum Corps International competing unit to this great city."

In 2016, the corps had a much longer season, including a three-week-long spring training (which is as long as most world class corps) which was located at a college, whereas most if not all open class corps have spring training at a high school, and eight competitions, including both open class and world class finals, as opposed to the previous year's three. In addition, the corps received a sponsorship from System Blue, and as such, got new instruments from them. The Guardians are the only open class corp to use System Blue instruments in DCI history other than the Blue Devils B and C corps.

During the summer of 2021, the Guardians went on a shorter tour across Texas.

Show summary (2013–2022)[edit | edit source]


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

Year Theme Repertoire Score DCI Placement
2013 The Eternal Quest Apocalyptic (Symphony No. 8) by Anton Bruckner / Symphony # 2 (Resurrection) by Gustav Mahler /
Nimrod (from Enigma Variations) by Edward Elgar / Children's March (Over the Hills and Far Away) by Percy Grainger
Exhibition SoundSport
2014 Terra Nova Ecstatic Waters by Steven Bryant / Third Symphony, mvt 2 Allegro Molto by Aaron Copland /
Symphony # 2 (Resurrection) by Gustav Mahler / Daphnis and Chloé - Scene 3 by Maurice Ravel /
Old Hundredth (a.k.a. Doxology) by Loys Bourgeois / Original music by Daniel Montoya Jr. and Sarah Santa Cruz
Did not attend
2015 Light of Gold Grand Piano Music, Part II: On the Dominant Divide by John Adams /
Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach / Lux Arumque by Eric Whitacre /
Original Music by Daniel Montoya Jr. and Robbie Green
Did not attend
2016 Radioactive Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14 by Berlioz, Hector /
Radioactive by Melvyn Gonzalez, Alexander Grant, Ben McKee. Josh Mosser, Dan Platzman,
Dan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon (Imagine Dragons) /
Radioactive by Daniel Montoya Jr. and Benjamin Pyles /
The Adoration of Veless and Ala (from Scythian Suite) by Sergei Prokofiev /
Creep by Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, and Phil Selway (Radiohead)
(and Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood) /
Everything In Its Right Place by Thom Yorke (Radiohead) /
The National Anthem by Thom Yorke, Colin Greenwood, and Phil Selway (Radiohead) /
Church Windows, Movement II by Ottorino Respighi /
Toxic by Cathy Dennis, Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, and Henrik Jonback /
Original Music by Daniel Montoya Jr. and Robbie Green
11th Open Class
32nd World Class
2017 My Beautiful
Dark Twisted Fantasy
Dark Fantasy by Kanye West, Robert Diggs (aka RZA), Ernest Wilson (aka No I.D.),
Jeff Bhasker, Mike Dean, Malik Yusef Jones, Jon Anderson, Mike Oldfield /
Power by Kanye West, Larry Griffin, Jr. (aka Symbolyc One), Dean Bhasker, Andwele Gardner (aka Dwele),
Ken Lewis, Francois Bernheim, Jean-Pierre Lang, Boris Bergman.
Robert Fripp, Michael Giles, Greg Lake, Ian McDonald, and Peter Sinfield /
Heartless by Kanye West, Ernest Wilson, Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), and Malik Yusef Jones /
All of the Lights by Kanye West. Dean Bhasker, Malik Yusef Jones, and Warren Trotter (aka Really Doe) /
Runaway by Kanye West, Terrence Thornton (aka Pusha T), Emile Haynie, Jeff Bhasker, Mike Dean, John Roger Branch /
Symphony in B♭ and Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber by Paul Hindemith,
Original compositions by Daniel Montoya Jr., Doug Bush, and Patricia Islas
10th Open Class
32nd World Class
2018 Damned Halo by Ryan Tedder, Evan Bogart, and Beyoncé Knowles / Cocoa Butter Kisses by Chancelor Jonathan Bennett (aka Chance the Rapper) /
Sunrise by Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) / Sweatpants by Donald Glover, Ludwig Göransson, and Jason Martin (aka Problem) /
Praying by Kesha Sebert, Andrew Joslyn, Ben Abraham, and Ryan Lewis /
HUMBLE. by Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Michael Williams (aka Mike Will Made It , and Asheton Hogan /
Symphony No. 2 in C Minor "Resurrection" by Gustav Mahler /
H•a•m by Shawn Carter (aka Jay-Z), Kanye West, and Lexus Lewis (aka Lex Luger /
No Church in the Wild by James Brown, Shawn Carter, Michael Dean, Christopher Francis (aka Frank Ocean), Phil Manzanera,
Terius Nash (aka The-Dream), Charles Njapa (aka 88-Keys), Joseph Roach, Kanye West, and Gary Wright /
Original music by Daniel Montoya Jr., Doug Bush, and Patricia Islas
71.875 7th Open Class
29th World Class
2019 Unpeeled Palladio by Karl Jenkins / Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails by Irving Berlin / Suit & Tie by Justin Timberlake /

Across the Universe by John Lennon (Fiona Apple Cover) / La Valse a Mille Temps by Jacques Brel

7th Open Class
29th World Class
2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Contrary Theme from Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber / Back That Thang Up by Juvenile /
Careless Whisper by George Micheals and [[Andrew Ridgely](Wham!) / Work It by Missy Elliott / Original Music by Ben Hylton and Matt Penland
2022 From Scratch... Turning Tables by Adele / Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler / Y'all Get Back Now by Big Freedia / Original Music by Ben Hylton and Matt Penland

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Corps". Drum Corps International. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  2. "Guardians aim to use SoundSport as a springboard to Open Class competition". Drum Corps International. July 25, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  3. "Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps". Facebook. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  4. "Field Pass: The dream of starting a drum corps becomes a reality". Drum Corps International. July 25, 2014. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  5. "Guardians". DCX: The Drum Corps Xperience. Retrieved 5 March 2018.

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