Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps

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Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps
Jersey Surf logo.png
LocationWest Berlin, New Jersey
DivisionWorld Class
DirectorBob Jacobs
Uniform(2019) Navy jacket
Long Sleeve Shirt Different Blue Colors. Then Changes to Coral Colors: Pink, Purple etc.
No gloves (horns)
Sky Blue, Dark Blue, then Pink, Purple, Coral Colors
Blue pants
Black shoes & socks
Sky Blue shako Sky Blue plume

The Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps is a World Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Jersey Surf was founded by Bob Jacobs and is based in Camden, NJ, the Jersey Surf is a member corps of Drum Corps International (DCI).[1]

History[edit | edit source]

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The Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps marches in the Bristol, Rhode Island Fourth of July Parade in 2017

The Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps was founded in the winter of 1990 in Camden County, New Jersey by a group of area school band directors led by Bob Jacobs, who wanted more performance opportunities for their students than halftime shows during the regular football season. When an organizational meeting was held at Edgewood High School, more than fifty prospective members arrived from the southern New Jersey area, as well as from Pennsylvania and Delaware. The organization was chartered as Explorer Post 333 and began holding rehearsals at the Berlin Community School, moving to Berlin Park when warm weather arrived. The corps made its public debut on June 29, 1991, playing the National Anthem at the Independence Classic drum corps show at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. The corps wore rented high school band uniforms.[2][3]

When the Surf entered competition in 1992, it had one hundred two members. The corps was undefeated in the Garden State Circuit. They also competed in three Drum Corps East (DCE) shows, and, in its first-ever DCI show, the Jersey Surf finished fourth of seven Division II and III corps at the DCI East Regional prelims. The corps, now based at Edgewood Junior High School in Atco, New Jersey purchased the corps' first equipment truck and two blue school buses. The corps made its debut at the DCI World Championships at the Division II prelims in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1994, finishing in fifteenth place among eighteen corps. In 1995 the corps added championship-caliber staff members and bought a semi-trailer equipment truck.[2][3]

The 1996 Surf bought diesel buses, and after winter rehearsals at Fort Dix, was ready for the season and made its first Finals at DCE. Bus problems almost scuttled the tour to DCI at Orlando, but they arrived and finished seventh of thirteen Division II corps with their program "Cool Tunes from the Back of the Bus" that enhanced their growing reputation as a crowd-pleasing corps. In 1997 and '98, the corps expanded its touring and returned to DCI in Orlando, finishing in sixth both years and just missing the five corps Division II Finals. The 1998 corps was voted "Most Improved Division II Corps" by the Division II corps directors. The 1999 Surf was again Garden State Circuit Champions. They toured into Canada for the first time on the way to DCI World Championships in Madison, Wisconsin. At Camp Randall Stadium, the corps got the first of three standing ovations for their warm-up tune, "On, Wisconsin!" Finishing in fifth place of the twelve corps in prelims, the Jersey Surf made their first DCI Division II Finals. The 2000 season found the Surf riding the crest of the wave. They won three contests, including the DCI Atlantic championship, on their way to a return visit to Division II Finals. At College Park, Maryland, they were fifth of fourteen corps in prelims. Their fourth-place finish in Division II Finals earned them a berth in the Division I Quarterfinals, where they finished twenty-first.[2][3]

Over the next six seasons, the Jersey Surf would be a consistent finalist within Division II, but would not truly challenge for the title until 2007. In 2004, the corps moved from Berlin to Mt. Holly, although they continue to have facilities in both Berlin and New Brunswick and have camps in Sicklerville. The 2007 corps toured the West Coast, winning shows in Washington, Oregon, and California en route to DCI Championships in Pasadena. The Jersey Surf was in first place after DCI's Division II Quarterfinals, but was passed by the Spartans in Semifinals and took second place in Finals. In 2008, the Surf was undefeated until meeting the Blue Devils B in Ohio. Then, they were third in Open Class Quarterfinals in Michigan City, Indiana, a position they held through Semifinals and Finals in Bloomington.[2][3]

When the DCI Board of Directors approved the new, two-division competition format beginning in 2008, only World Class corps were guaranteed being paid for their performances. In light of this, following the 2008 season, the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps elected to leave Open Class and compete in World Class. After being evaluated by the DCI Board as to the organization's competitive and fiscal stability, the corps became a DCI World Class corps in 2009.[1]

In April 2015, a music video was released on YouTube featuring 50 members of the Jersey Surf performing the song "Don't Look Down" with singer/percussionist Janina Gavankar.[4]

Show Summary (1992-2022)[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 Placement
1992 Classics by Harry Connick, Jr.
and Doc Sevrenson
We Are in Love by Harry Connick, Jr. and Ramsey McLean / Stardust by Hoagie Carmichael /
The Jersey Bounce by Tiny Bradshaw, Eddie Johnson, Bobby Plater, and Buddy Feyne
1993 A League of Their Own Selections from A League of Their Own by Hans Zimmer
1994 The Music of Barbra Streisand Repertoire unavailable 74.200 15th Div. II
1995 New Age Jazz of
John Tesh and Yanni
Repertoire unavailable 83.200 8th D.v. II
1996 Surf, Wind and Fire:
Cool Tunes from
the Back of the Bus
Got To Get You Into My Life by John Lennon and Paul McCartney /
Don't You Worry Bout A Thing by Stevie Wonder /
Mr Toad's Wild Ride by Greg Adams /
It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday by Freddie Perren and Christine Yarian /
Fantasy by Maurice White, Verdine White, and Eduardo DelBarrio
84.100 7th Div. II
1997 More Cool Times Got To Get You Into My Life by John Lennon and Paul McCartney/
Through the Fire by David Foster, Tom Keane, and Cynthia Weil /
Rock That by Maurice White and David Foster / For Once in My Life by Stevie Wonder
81.300 6th Div. II
1998 Pictures of Spain -
Interpretation of
a Larry Kerchner Original
Portraits of Spain (Scenes 1, 2, and 3) by Larry Kerchner /
Spanish Fantasy by Chick Correa / A Mis Abuelos by Arturo Sandoval
89.500 6th Div. II
1999 It Ain't Necessarilly
Summertime (from Porgy and Bess) by George Gershwin / Take Five by Paul Desmond /
Waltz of the Mushroom Hunters by Greg Hopkins / A Night in Tunisia by John Birks Gillespie /
It Ain't Necessarily So (from Porgy and Bess) by George Gershwin
88.700 5th Div. II
2000 re-in-CARMEN-ation Selections from Carmen by Georges Bizet 90.850
4th Div. II
2001 Are We There Yet? -
The Music of Mays and Metheny
Are We There Yet? by Lyle Mays / Have You Heard & See the World by Pat Metheny /
Heat of the Day & The Awakening by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays /
In Her Family & The Truth Will Always Be by Pat Metheny /
First Circle by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays
89.850 6th Div. II
2002 Our Side of the Story:
Celebrating the Spirit of Youth
Prologue, Cool, I Feel Pretty & America (from West Side Story) by Leonard Bernstein 87.750 9th Div. II
2003 Down the Shore
with The Jersey Surf
Theme from A Summer Place by Max Steiner /
Wipeout On The Waterfront / Set Free On the Boardwalk (Individual tunes not available...)
89.900 5th Div. II
2004 Lounging Around
with the Fabulous Jersey Surf
Shangri-la by Matty Malneck, Robert Maxwell and Carl Sigman / This Could Be The Start of Something Big by Steve Allen /
Girl From Ipanema by Antônio Carlos Jobim / Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss /
See See Rider (Traditional) / Hound Dog & Jail House Rock by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller /
Can't Help Falling in Love by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, and George David Weiss /
My Way by Claude François and Jacques Revaux, adapted by Paul Anka
8th Div. II
10th D II/III
Grand Finals
2005 The Jersey Surf Enjoys
an Evening at the Pops
Symphony #5 in C Minor by Ludwig van Beethoven / William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini /
Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach / Poet and Peasant Overture by Franz von Suppé /
Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini / 2nd Hungarian Rhapsody by Franz Liszt /
1812 Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky / Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa
8th Div. II
7th D II/III
Grand Finals
2006 The Jersey Surf
Visits the Moulin Rouge
Selections from Moulin Rouge by Craig Armstrong, Baz Luhrmann, Many Others 86.175 7th Div. II
2007 Snapshots From
An American Journey
California Dreamin' by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips / Theme from Shaft by Isaac Hayes /
A River Runs Through It & Four Count Rhythm by Mark Isham /
Unsquare Dance by Dave Brubeck / LA Confidential by Jerry Goldsmith
95.700 2nd Div. II
2008 The Jersey Surf: So Far How Far We've Come by Rob Thomas, Paul Doucette, Kyle Cook, and Brian Yale /
In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel / One Day I'll Fly Away (from Moulin Rouge!) by Joe Sample and Will Jennings /
Thnks fr th Mmrs by Patrick Stump and Pete Wentz
96.050 3rd Div. II
2009 Mozart Effect Overture from The Marriage of Figaro / Inspirations from Symphony #40 in G Minor /
The Lacrimosa from Requiem / Magic Flute, Act II: Pa-Pa-Pa-Papageno & Der Holle knocht in meinem Herze /
Symphony #50 in G Minor / Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
All by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
78.550 20th
2010 Living the Dream Organ Variations on America by Charles Ives / America the Beautiful by Samuel A. Ward /
Festival Variations On A National Air by Dudley Buck
75.700 21st
2011 Petal Tones:
Shades of Rose
The Flower Song from Carmen by Georges Bizet / Bad Romance by Nadir Khayat and Stefani Germanotta /
Habanera from Carmen by Georses Bizet/ Libertango by Astor Piazolla / Kiss from a Rose by Seal /
Tango de Roxanne (from Moulin Rouge!) by Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (Sting) and Mariano Mores,
adapted by Craig Armstrong /
Toreador Song from Carmen by Georges Bizet
71.350 25th
2012 Bridgemania! In the Stone by Maurice White, Allee Willis, and David Foster /
Land of Make Believe by Chuck Mangione / Tell William (William Tell Overture) by Gioachino Rossini /
Pure Imagination by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley /
Party Rock Anthem by Stefan Gordy, Skyler Gordy, Jamahl Listenbee, and Peter Schroeder
75.450 20th
2013 Soul Surfin' –
Bring on the Funk
Soul Intro by Jaco Pastorius /
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher by Gary Jackson, Raynard Miner, and Carl Smith /
Faces by Philip Bailey, Larry Dunn, Maurice White, and Verdine White /
Always and Forever by Rod Temperton / Let's Groove by Maurice White and Wayne Vaughan /
That's the Way (I Like It) by H. W. (KC) Casey and Richard Finch /
Proud Mary by John Fogerty / Apache by Jerry Lordan / Play that Funky Music by Robert Parissi /
I Want You Back by Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Alphonzo Mizell, and Deke Richards /
Respect by Otis Redding
75.400 22nd
2014 Pay It Forward A Fantasia on Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland /
I Think It's Going to Rain Today by Randy Newman / Lean on Me by Bill Withers
75.800 22nd
2015 Sun Surfing Awakening by Colin Bell / Here Comes The Sun by George Harrison /
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me by Elton John and Bernie Taupin /
Wipeout by Bob Berryhill, Pat Connolly, Jim Fuller, and Ron Wilson (The Surfaris) /
Good Vibrations by Brian Wilson and Mike Love
68.750 28th
2016 Ebb & Flow La Mer by Trent Reznor / La Mer by Dr. Andrew Yoziviak (inspired by Claude Debussy) /
La Mer by Charles Trenet & Georges Augustin / Maelstrom by Robert Thatcher and Colin Bell
Asteraw from "Cirque du Soleil's Zarkana" by Nick Littlemore
71.988 26th
2017 Make It Our Own Shofukan by Michael League (Snarky Puppy) / Chandelier by Sia and Jesse Shatkin /
An Olive Tree by Kevin Robinson, Basia, and Danny White
71.613 27th
2018 [mondo mondrian] Music for Pieces of Wood by Steve Reich / Cornfield Chase (from Interstellar) by Hans Zimmer /
Variations on Manuel de Falla's Ritual Fire Dance (from El amor brujo) by Andrew Yozviak /
Etude Op 10 No. 12 in C minor, Revolutionary by Frederic Chopin /
Behind Blue Eyes by Peter Townshend / Symphony No. 4 by David Maslanka
69.925 30th
2019 FantaSea Oceans by Goff Richards / Moses and Marco Polo Suite (main theme from Marco Polo) by Ennio Morricone /
The Legend of Atlan (from Aquaman) by Rupert Gregson-Williams /
Op. 28: The Sea, Fantasy in E major for Orchestra by Alexander Glazunov /
Aurora Awakes by John Mackey / He Commands the Sea (from Aquaman) by Rupert Gregson-Williams
75.900 24th
2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Opted out of competition for the season
2022 Meet Me in Atlantic City Pure Imagination by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley / Wayside Festival by Rick Dejonge /
Big Girls Don't Cry by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio / Sherry by Bob Gaudio /
Walk Like A Man by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio / Can't Take My Eyes Off You by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio /
Who Loves You by Bob Crewe and Judy Parker / Livin' On A Prayer by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Desmond Child / December 1963 (Oh, What A Night) by Bob Gaudio and Judy Parker
73.875 25th

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Corps". Drum Corps International. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "History". Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "History for Jersey Surf". Maher & Associates, Inc./ Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  4. "DON'T LOOK DOWN - #JustAddDrumCorps Edition by Janina Gavankar". Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  5. "Jersey Surf/Repertoire". DCX: The Drum Corps Xperience. Retrieved 6 March 2018.

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