Les Stentors Drum and Bugle Corps

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Les Stentors
Drum and Bugle Corps
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Les Stentors logo
LocationSherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
DivisionOpen Class
DirectorGabriel Francoeur

Les Stentors Drum and Bugle Corps is an Open Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Les Stentors is currently the only active Canadian corps in Drum Corps International (DCI) competition.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

In 1987, the Academie Musicale Drum and Bugle Corps of Sherbrooke started the Cadets de l’Académie.[2] Following their first season, the parents of the cadet corps broke away, changing the name of the young parade corps to La Relève Musicale. In 1993, reacting to the suggestion that the name indicated the corps remained associated with Academie Musicale, the corps changed its name to Les Stentors.[3]

The corps made the transition to a field competition corps in 1996, competing in the Fédération des Associations Musicales du Québec (FAM-Q) drum corps circuit.[4]

The corps made its debut at the DCI World Championships at Sun Prairie, Wisconsin in 1999, placing 11th of 12 corps in Division II. The corps returned to DCI in 2001 and has since attended DCI every year except 2006, when the corps was inactive for a year, and 2007, when the corps opted not to strain its financial resources by traveling to the West Coast when the championships were held in Pasadena, California.[5]

The corps went inactive in 2006 due to insufficient membership, but DCI approved its return to competition in 2007.

In 2014, Gabriel Francoeur, corps manager since 1997 was honored as one of four people named as DCI Volunteers of the Year.[6]

Les Stentors has been the only active competitive junior drum and bugle corps in Quebec since 2003. The corps became a SoundSport team in 2018 but returned to DCI competition in 2019.[7]

Sponsorship[edit | edit source]

Les Stentors is a non-profit youth organization with an Administrative Council, manager, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. Gabriel Francoeur is the corps' president and general manager.[8]

Show summary (1988–2022)[edit | edit source]


Gold background indicates DCI Championship; pale blue background indicates DCI Open Class Finalist.

Year Theme Repertoire Score DCI Placement
1988 I Will by Lennon–McCartney / The Honeymoon Song by William Sansom and Mikis Theodorakis Did not attend
1989 La Colegiala by Walter Leon Aguilar / Theme from Le Club des 100 Watts by Alain Couture Did not attend
1990 Dragnet Theme (Danger Ahead and Dragnet March) by Miklós Rózsa and Walter Schumann /
Theme from Le Club des 100 Watts by Alain Couture / Bandstand Boogie by Charles Albertine / Asterix (Unknown)
Did not attend
1991 Theme from Le Club des 100 Watts by Alain Couture /
Carmen & March of the Toreadors (from Carmen) by Georges Bizet / Pot-Pourri Quebecois (Unknown)
Did not attend
1992 Glenn Miller Suite by Glenn Miller & others / C Jam Blues by Duke Ellington /
It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills
Did not attend
1993 Robin Hood by Michael Kamen / Marche Polovstienne (from Prince Igor) by Alexander Borodin Did not attend
1994 The Three Musketeers by Michael Kamen Did not attend
1995 Music by Pat Metheny Did not attend
1996 Jurassic Park by John Williams / Forrest Gump by Alan Silvestri / Afrique Noire (Unknown) / Apollo 13 by James Horner Did not attend
1997 Interstellar Suite Hostility, Distress Signal & The Ship (from Interstellar Suite) by Amin Bhatia Did not attend
1998 Lord of the Rings Gandalf & Hobbits (from The Lord of the Rings Symphony) by Johan de Meij /
On Broadway by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Did not attend
1999 Overture to a New Age Flashing Wind by Jan Van der Roost / Symphonic Overture by James Barnes / Overture to a New Age by Jan de Haan 81.300 10th Div.II
2000 The Music of Indiana Jones Selections from Indiana Jones by John Williams Did not attend
2001 Abram's Pursuit Liturgical Dances, Abram's Pursuit, Ballet Sacra & To Tame the Perilous Skies
All by David Holsinger
69.700 18th Div.III
2002 Phantom of the Opera Selections from the Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart, and Richard Stilgoe 67.400 18th Div.III
2003 Quidam Repertoire unavailable 69.850 15th Div.III
2004 Pilatus Pilatus, The Mountain of Dragon by Steven Reineke 63.400 14th Div.III
2005 Troy Selections from Troy by James Horner 70.575 11th Div.III
2006 Corps inactive
2007 Repertoire unavailable Did not attend
2008 Sinbad Repertoire unavailable 68.275 22nd Open Class
2009 The Incredibles Glory Days, Bob vs. The Omnidroid, Marital Rescue, Escaping Nomanisan, Road Trip & Saving Metroville
All from The Incredibles by Michael Giacchino
65.900 17th Open Class
2010 A New Day Grace Kelly by Mika, Jodi Marr, John Merchant, Dan Warner /
Comme au Premier Jour by André Gagnon / Rock et Belles Oreilles Medley by Rock et Belles Oreilles /
Til the Day I Die & When I Rise by Charles Gregory / La Revolution by Christophe Mali
72.500 14th Open Class
2011 Musique du Quebec The Rendezvous by Claude Léveillé / Happiness Makes You the Eye by France D'Amours and François Léveillé /
Piano Solo (Traditional) / The Ti-Rap Petang (Traditional) / What If You Could Love by Celine Dion /
And It's Not Over by Stéphane Venne / Go Where You Go by Celine Dion
13th Open Cl.
38th World Cl.
2012 The Sixties Le Yaya by Joel Denis / Diliou Diliou St-Tropez by Jenny Rock /
Wipe Out by Bob Berryhill, Pat Connolly, Jim Fuller, and Ron Wilson (The Surfaris) /
Manon Viens Danser le Ska by Donald Lautrec /
Splish Splash by Bobby Darin, Murray The K Kaufman, and Jean Murray /
Da Doo Run Run by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, and Phil Spector /
La Plus Belle Pour Aller Danser by Charles Aznavour and Georges Garvarentz /
Agadou dou dou by Patrick Zabé / Avant de te dire Adieu by Gilles Girard et les Classels
13th Open Class
34th World Class
2013 25tentors -
Stentors 25th Anniversary
Distress Signal (from Interstellar Suite) by Amin Bhatia / Gandalf (from Lord of the Rings) by Johan de Meij /
The Ti-Rap Petang (Traditional) / The Incredibles by Michael Giacchino / Til the Day I Die by Charles Gregory /
Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart, and Richard Stilgoe /
Comme au Premier Jour by André Gagnon /
Hobbits (from The Lord of the Rings) by Johan de Meij / Overture to a New Age by Jan de Haan
11th Open Class
34th World Class
2014 Magical Illusion Now You See Me, Now You Don't (from Now You See Me) by Brian Tyler 61.275
12th Open Class
34th World Class
2015 Tale of the Tales Star Trek by Michael Giacchino / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory & Alice in Wonderland by Danny Elfman /
Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev
12th Open Class
37th World Class
2016 Énigma Back to the Future by Alan Silvestri /Young Sherlock Holmes by Bruce Broughton
Overture to a New Age by Jan de Haan
16th Open Class
38th World Class
2017 Red String of Fate Can't Help Falling in Love by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore. and George David Weiss / Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland /
Always on My Mind by Johnny Christopher, Mark James, and Wayne Carson
16th Open Class
39th World Class
2018 Soundsport team
2019 Passion in Red Águas de Março by Antônio Carlos Jobim / Symphonic Overture by Philip Sparke
Danzón No. 2 by Arturo Márquez / Capricho Árabe by Francisco Tárrega / Libertango by Astor Piazzolla
13th Open Class
34th World Class
2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Opted out of competition for the season
2022 Making an Impression 69.500


12th Open Class

32nd World Class

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Corps". Drum Corps International. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  2. Messier, Denis (July 30, 1999). "Les Stentors visent haut". La Tribune. Retrieved February 2, 2020.
  3. Patton, Bruce (August 17, 2010). "Drum and Bugle Homecoming: Sherbrooke's Stentors return from long tour". The Record. Retrieved February 2, 2020.
  4. Les STENTORS de Sherbrooke - Historique
  5. Drum Corps International :: Marching Music's Major League™
  6. Still, Michael (June 4, 2014). "2014 DCI Volunteers of the Year". Retrieved February 2, 2020.
  7. "Les Stentors". DCX: The Drum Corps Xperience. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  8. "Staff". Stentors de Sherbrooke Corps de Tambours et Clairons. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  9. "Les Stentors". DCX: The Drum Corps Xperience. Retrieved 5 March 2018.

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