Heat Wave Drum and Bugle Corps

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Heat Wave of Florida
Drum and Bugle Corps
Heat Wave logo.png
LocationTampa Bay, Florida
DivisionOpen Class
DirectorJeff Carstensen

Heat Wave Drum and Bugle Corps is an Open Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps based in Tampa Bay, Florida. The corps is a member of Drum Corps International (DCI).[1]

History[edit | edit source]

In June 2014, it was announced that a new drum and bugle corps was starting in west central Florida, based in Inverness. The hope was to be somewhat "old school," building both a cadet corps and a junior corps to march in DCI competition. It was also admitted that they were just getting started and had much work to do.[2]

In January 2015, DCI announced that Heat Wave was one of five corps being evaluated for possible inclusion in DCI Open Class competition for 2015.[3] On May 5, 2015, following a period of evaluation of the unit's finances, staffing, and tour plans by DCI's staff, Heat Wave, River City Rhythm, and Southwind were added to the list of competing Open Class corps.[1] The corps was added to DCI's summer schedule for two shows in Alabama and Georgia.[4]

In 2016, Heat Wave performed in seven DCI competitions in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Florida.[5]

In 2017, the corps performed at five DCI competitions.[6] For the first time since they began competing in 2015, they did not perform at the DCI Southeastern Championship. Although the corps did not attend Open Class Championships, they ended their season on July 19 in 18th place in overall Open Class.

In 2018, the corps made its first trip to the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis, IN, where they placed 40th overall at DCI World Championship Prelims.

In 2019, Heat Wave returned to Indianapolis after a scheduled tour of 18 shows, where they placed 14th in Open Class and 35th overall at DCI World Championship Prelims.

Show summary (2015–2022)[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
2015 Cuban Fire! Fuego Cubano, El Congo Valiente & La Suerte de los Tontos
All from Cuban Fire! by Johnny Richards
Did not attend
2016 Sahara Main Theme from Lawrence of Arabia by Maurice Jarre / Heat of the Day by Pat Metheny /
Paradise by Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, and Chris Martin (Coldplay) / Desert Rose by Sting
Did not attend
2017 Project Apollo Olympiada by Samuel Hazo / Enterprising Young Men by Michael Giacchino /
12 Seconds to the Moon by Robert W. Smith / Fly Me to the Moon by Bart Howard / Ride by Samuel Hazo
Did not attend
2018 The World
Keeps Spinning
New World Symphony by Antonín Dvořák / The Times They Are a-Changin' by Bob Dylan /
What a Wonderful World by Bob Thiele (as George Douglas) and George David Weiss /
Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland / There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow by the Sherman Brothers
15th Open Class
40th World Class
2019 Nature Boy Nature Boy by George Aberle / Scherzo from Midsummer's Night's Dream by Felix Mendelssohn /
Changes by Trevor Rabin, Jon Anderson, and Alan White (Yes)
Fix You by Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, and Will Champion (Coldplay)
14th Open Class
36th World Class
2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 MACH 6 Opted out of competition for the season
2022 Welcome to the Neighborhood Repertoire Not Announced

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Corps". Drum Corps International. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  2. "New Florida drum corps: HEAT WAVE OF FLORIDA". Drum Corps Planet. June 17, 2014. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  3. "Five new drum corps aim to join DCI's Open Class in 2015". Drum Corps International. January 28, 2015. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  4. "Three new Open Class corps set to join the 2015 DCI Tour". Drum Corps International. May 14, 2015. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  5. "corpsreps.com - Historical Drum Corps Score Archives". www.corpsreps.com. Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  6. "Heat Wave - Performance Schedule - Drum Corps International :: Marching Music's Major League¿". www.dci.org. Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  7. "Heat Wave of Florida". DCX: The Drum Corps Xperience. Retrieved 5 March 2018.

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