Legends Drum and Bugle Corps

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Legends Drum & Bugle Corps
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LocationKalamazoo, Michigan
DivisionOpen Class
DirectorIbe Sodawalla

The Legends Drum & Bugle Corps is an Open Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Legends performs in Drum Corps International (DCI) competitions.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

What is now the Legends Drum and Bugle Corps had its beginnings in Portage, Michigan in 2001 as an indoor winter brass and percussion ensemble at Portage Central High School.

The unit added a color guard in 2006 and performed in exhibition at several DCI shows that summer and the next.

Legends entered DCI competition in 2008, making semifinals and placing 15th of 23 corps at the DCI Open Class Championships at Michigan City, Indiana.

The corps gained the Open Class Finals in 2009, placing 10th and earning awards for Most Improved Corps, Most Outstanding Drum Major (Kelly Koch), and Open Class Director of the Year.

The corps has since remained as an Open Class finalist and has won additional awards as Most Improved Corps and for Most Outstanding Drum Major.

In 2015, Legends placed 5th at the DCI Open Class Championships and 25th overall at the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, and earning their first semifinals spot in their 10th Anniversary season. The corps was again named the Most Improved Open Class corps, and corps director Ibe Sodawalla received the 2015 Dr. David Kampschroer Leadership Award as Open Class Director of the Year.[2]

2016 was the year the corps broke top 3 in DCI Open Class Championships and earned their highest score to date. Again, Legends made it to semifinals, this year earning 24th place. Noah Koch of Legends also won the Jim Jones Leadership Award for DCI Open Class Drum Major of the Year.

Sponsorship[edit | edit source]

Legends Drum & Bugle Corps is sponsored by the Legends Performing Arts Association, a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) musical organization which has a Board of Directors, director, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. The corps director is Ibe Sodawalla. The organization continues to support the original Portage Central High School Indoor Performance Ensemble. It also sponsored Legends Percussion, an indoor percussion ensemble that competes in Winter Guard International. Legends Percussion was inactive for the 2017 Winter Guard International season.[3]

Show Summary (2006-2022)[edit | edit source]


Gold background indicates DCI Championship; pale blue background indicates DCI Class Finalist; pale green background indicates DCI semifinalist; pale purple background indicates Open Class finalist (but not champion) and World Class semifinalist.

Year Theme Repertoire Score DCI Placement
2006 Ballet Sacra by David Holsinger / Malaguena by Ernesto Lecuona Did not attend
2007 In Permoveo Ballet Sacra by David Holsinger Did not attend
2008 Evolutional Procuratio New Beginnings by Peter Boyer 82.000 15th Open Class
2009 Incrementum Daphnis and Chloe by Maurice Ravel 81.950 10th Open Class
2010 Ruins Vesuvius by Frank Ticheli / Eruption (from the Tarkus Suite) by Keith Emerson /
Pines of Rome & Fountains of Rome by Ottorino Respighi /
Unstoppable by Helmut and Franz Vonlichten (E.S. Posthumus) / Prelude - Main Title (from Ben Hur) by Miklós Rózsa
86.200 8th Open Class
2011 Skyscapes Cloudburst by Eric Whitacre / You Are (Variations) by Steve Reich / Pagodes (from Estampes) by Claude Debussy /
Gold Rush by Jacob ter Veldhuis / Aurora Awakes by John Mackey
9th Open Class
34th World Class
2012 The Edmund Fitzgerald Four Sea Interludes by Benjamin Britten / The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot /
Coming Home From The Sea (from The Perfect Storm) & Bishop's Countdown (from Aliens) by James Horner
8th Open Class
30th World Class
2013 Ichabod Main Titles (from Sleepy Hollow) by Danny Elfman /
The Vote (from The Village) by James Newton Howard / Chester Overture by William Schuman /
Shepherd's Hey by Percy Grainger / The Chase (from Sleepy Hollow) by Danny Elfman
8th Open Class
29th World Class
2014 La Cathédrale The Sunken Cathedral by Claude Debussy / Stained Glass by David Gillingham /
Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre / Gloria, Mvt. 3 (Vivace e ritmico) by John Rutter
7th Open Class
29th World Class
2015 The Climb Ascent by Key Poulan, Paul Rennick, and Sandy Rennick / The Mountain (from The Bucket List) by Marc Shaiman /
Avalanche (from Vertical Limit) by James Newton Howard / The Climb by Jon Mabe and Jessi Alexander
5th Open Class
25th World Class
2016 The Grid The Grid (from Tron:Legacy) by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk) /
Main Title from Paycheck by John Powell / Virus Attack by Amin Bhatia /
Adagio for Tron (from Tron:Legacy) by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk) /
NO one To kNOW one by Andy Akiho / Mona Lisa Overdrive (from Matrix Reloaded) by Don Davis and Juno Reactor
3rd Open Class
24th World Class
2017 The Signal Define Dancing (from Wall-E) by Thomas Newman and Peter Gabriel /
Mothership by Mason Bates / Satellite by James Pluth /
The Sound of Silence by Paul Simon / Hyperjump (from Wall-E) by Thomas Newman /
Stargate Overture by David Arnold
3rd Open Class
22nd World Class
2018 Along Came a Spider The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky / Itsy Bitsy Spider (Traditional) /
Symphony #8, Mvt. 3 by Dmitri Shostakovich / Aha! by Imogen Heap /
Spider-Man Theme by Paul Francis Webster and Robert "Bob" Harris
Water Night by Eric Whitacre / Metropolis Symphony, Mvt. 1 (Lex) by Michael Daugherty
76.350 4th Open Class
26th World Class
2019 Song of the Siren La Mer by Claude Debussy / Pure Imagination by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley /
Aquarium (from Carnival of the Animals) by Camille Saint-Saëns /
Genie in a Bottle by David Frank, Steve Kipner, and Pamela Sheyne /
Finale (from The Abyss) by Alan Silvestri / Symphony No.10 by Dmitri Shostakovich
2nd Open Class

21st World Class

2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Opted out of competition for the season
2022 May Your Light Shine Forever 74.750


8th Open Class

29th World Class

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Corps". Drum Corps International. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  2. "Recap Roundup: Open Class World Championship Finals". Drum Corps International. August 8, 2015. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  3. "Staff". Legends Performing Arts Association. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  4. "Legends". DCX: The Drum Corps Xperience. Retrieved 5 March 2018.

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