Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps

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Pacific Crest
Drum and Bugle Corps
Pacific Crest logo.png
LocationDiamond Bar, CA
DivisionWorld Class
DirectorStuart Pompel

The Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps is a World Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Diamond Bar, California, Pacific Crest is a member corps of Drum Corps International (DCI).[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Pacific Crest was founded in 1993 to serve the youth in the eastern part of Los Angeles County. Marching only 33 members in its inaugural season, the corps grew in size and ability while maintaining a local California profile. The corps did not perform outside its home state until travelling to Texas for two shows in 2000. The corps journeyed to the Northwest in 2002, and it finally entered the national competition scene by attending its first DCI Championships at Orlando, Florida in 2003, where many drum corps fans unfamiliar with Pacific Crest were surprised as the corps reached the semifinal round. Although it now tours nationally each season, the corps has maintained a policy of spending approximately the first half of the season near home. While this has possibly prevented Pacific Crest from ascending beyond the second tier of the World Class corps, it has helped to sustain the corps financially by limiting its travel expenses. Pacific Crest has advanced to DCI Semifinals in 2003, 2007–08, and 2011–19.[2]

Sponsorship[edit | edit source]

Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps is sponsored by the Pacific Crest Youth Arts Organization (PCYAO), a 501(c)(3) musical organization that has a Board of Directors, corps director, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. Phil Mortensen is President of the Board, and Stuart Pompel is the corps' Executive Director. PCYAO has previously supported a Colorguard unit that competed in Winter Guard International and the Winter Guard Association of Southern California (WGASC) circuits. The organization also sponsors a summer camp for current and prospective high school drum majors. PCYAO receives a part of its funding from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.[3]

Show summary (1994–2022)[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
1994 Backdraft It's All Right With Me / Show Me Your Firetruck / Haven't You Heard / Ya Gotta Make Your Own Luck
All from Backdraft soundtrack by Hans Zimmer
1995 Music from Metroscape Double Lattes & the LA Times / Heavy Traffic Reported / Bottom Rung of the Corporate Ladder /
Alternate Route Suggested / Back Home
All original works by Dale Leaman
1996 Jekyll and Hyde I Need to Know, Take Me As I Am & Dangerous Game (from Jekyll and Hyde)
by Leslie Bricusse and Frank Wildhorn /
The World Has Gone Insane (from Dracula: The Concept Recording) by Frank Wildhorn /
Confrontation & Alive (from Jekyll and Hyde) by Leslie Bricusse and Frank Wildhorn
1997 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein To Think of a Story / The Creation / The Escape / Friendless / Evil Stitched to Evil
All from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein soundtrack by Patrick Doyle
1998 Hamlet The Ghost / Death & Anguish (not original title) / I Loved You Once /
What Players Are They / Madness (not original title)
All from Hamlet soundtrack by Patrick Doyle
1999 The Dracula Ballet Incident At Charing X Station / Dance Of The Effigies / Seduction At Castle Dracula /
The Crypt / The Death of Dracula (not original titles)
All from Dracula (Ballet in 3 Acts) by Philip Feeney
2000 Joan of Arc –
Music of Richard Einhorn's
Voices of Light
Voices of Light / A Call To Arms / The Siege of Chinon / The Miracle / Sacraments / Coronation /
Betrayal, Trial and Torture / The Fire of the Dove Angels in the Cleansing Flames (not original titles)
All from Voices of Light, an Oratorio with Silent Film by Richard Einhorn
2001 Age of Empire The Adoration of Veless and Ala, The Enemy God and the Dance of the Pagan Monsters &
The Glorious Departure of Lolly and the Sun's Cortège (from Scythian Suite) by Sergei Prokofiev /
Her Name Was Merit (from The Egyptian) by Alfred Newman /
The Reprimand, Following Tzipporah & Red Sea (from The Prince of Egypt) by Hans Zimmer and Stephen Schwartz /
The Battle & Barbarian Horde (from Gladiator) by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard
2002 Reinvention Atmadja (from Quidam) by Benoit Jutras / Ravendhi (from Dralion) by Violaine Corradi /
Seisuoso (from Quidam) by Benoit Jutras / Ombra (from Dralion) by Violaine Corradi /
Incantation (from Quidam), Distorted & Urban (both from La Nouba) by Benoit Jutras
All from productions of Cirque du Soleil
2003 Invocacion a Poderosos
(Invocation to Power)
Moonlight on the Parana / Invocation to the Spirits of Power / Dawn
All from the ballet Panambí, Op. 1 by Alberto Ginastera
79.300 17th
2004 On Dangerous Ground:
Music of Bernard Hermann
The Man Who Knew Too Much / The Snows of Kilimanjaro /
Baghdad (from The 7th Voyage of Sinbad) / Death Hunt (from On Dangerous Ground)
All by Bernard Hermann
77.850 19th
2005 Fluid States:
Vapor, Solid, Liquid
Four Sea Interludes (from Peter Grimes) by Benjamin Britten / Sinfonia Antarctica by Ralph Vaughan Williams 77.250 19th
2006 From the City of Angels Prologue: Theme from City of Angels, Double Talk Walk, With Every Breath I Take & I'm Nothing Without You
All from City of Angels by Cy Coleman and David Zippel
74.900 21st
2007 What Happens In Vegas... Viva Las Vegas by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman / Love for Sale (from The New Yorkers) by Cole Porter /
Angel Eyes by Matt Dennis and Earl Brent / Luck Be A Lady (from Guys and Dolls) by Frank Loesser
79.525 17th
2008 Primality:
The Rituals of Passion
Selections from Blood Diamond by James Newton Howard /
The Wind and The Lion by Jerry Goldsmith / Dralion by Violaine Corradi
79.650 17th
2009 El Corazon de la Gente:
Alegria, Amor, y Fuerte
Selections by Carlos Chavez /
Pampeana No. 3 – Impetuosamente, Variaciones Concertantes & Pequena Danza by Alberto Ginastera /
Symphonic Dances (Danzas Sinfonicas): Gregoriana by Julián Orbón
79.050 19th
2010 Maze Machu Picchu by Satoshi Yagisawa / Asphalt Cocktail by John Mackey /
Sam's Gone (from I Am Legend) by James Newton Howard / Turbine by John Mackey
80.350 18th
2011 Push, Pull, Twist, Turn Lauds (Praise High Day) by Ron Nelson / Push by Robert W. Smith /
Adagietto, Symphony #5 by Gustav Mahler / The Mechanical Ballet (Uncertain) /
Serenada Schizophrana by Danny Elfman / AirLink by Jack Stamp
77.750 18th
2012 The Spectrum Butterfly Yellow & Tarantella Red (from Bright Colored Dances) by Lewis J. Buckley /
The Red Machine by Peter Graham / Yellow by Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, and Chris Martin /
Blue Sapphire (from Colours) by Roger Cichy / End Credits from Green Lantern-First Flight by Robert Kral /
True Colors by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly
80.250 16th
2013 Transfixed Fix a Heart by Emanuel Kiriakou and Priscilla Renea /
Instinctive Travels by Michael Markowski / Drum Music by John Mackey
82.300 16th
2014 No Strings Attached Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld by Jacques Offenbach / Firefly by Ryan George /
Shadowplay (from Kà) by René Dupéré / A Tango by John M. Meehan and Mike Huestis
78.900 20th
2015 The Catalyst Scythian Suite by Sergei Prokofiev / Liberi Fatali (from Final Fantasy) by Nobuo Uematsu /
Enjoy the Silence by Martin Gore (Depeche Mode) / Angels in the Architecture by Frank Ticheli
74.925 21st
2016 The Union Foundry: Original Work by John Meehan, Pete Lucero, Brian Dinkel / Working: Aha! by Imogen Heap /
Space Between: Fix You by Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin, Guy Berryman (Coldplay) /
Engine: Original Work by Pete Lucero & Brian Dinkel /
Train: Point Blank by Paul Dooley / Last Train Home by Pat Metheny
78.875 19th
2017 Golden State
of Mind
California Dreamin’ by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips /
Kaleidoscope of Mathematics (from A Beautiful Mind) by James Horner /
Arrival of the Birds (from The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos) by Jason Swincoe (The Cinematic Orchestra) /
Alfonso Muskedunder by Todd Terje / Moving On (from Lost) by Michael Giacchino
78.000 21st
2018 Here’s to the
Ones Who Dream
Planetarium (from La La Land) by Justin Hurwitz /
Overture (from The Artist) by Ludovic Bource / Waltz for Peppy (from The Artist) by Ludovic Bource /
The 20th Century Fox Mambo (from Smash) by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman /
Audition (The Fools Who Dream) (from La La Land) by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul /
Pretty Peppy (from The Artist) by Ludovic Bource / Epilogue (from La La Land) by Justin Hurwitz
79.300 20th
2019 Everglow Awakening: Original Music by Bradley Kerr Green, Jonathan Zuniga, and Ezekiel Lanser /
Adventure: Ready Player One by Alan Silvestri /
Longing: Meta by Bradley Kerr Green, Jonathan Zuniga, and Ezekiel Lanser /
Trials: View From Olympus by John Psathas / Heartbreak: Chinatown by Jerry Goldsmith /
Rebirth: Insight by Haywyre (Martin Sebastian Vogt) /
Acceptence & Departure: The Grand Finale from Edward Scissorhands by Danny Elfman
85.350 14th
2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 eX Theme from The Rocketeer by James Horner / Feeling Good by Anthony Newly and Leslie Bricusse /
Life on Mars? by David Bowie
2022 welcome to the VOID Finale (from Swiss Army Man) by Andy Hull and Robert McDowell /
The Void by Bradley Kerr Green, Ezekiel Lanser, and Jonathan Zuniga / Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode /
Intruder (from New Blood) by Peter Gabriel / Where is My Mind? by Safari Riot feat. Grayson Sanders
80.250 19th

Corps At The Crest[edit | edit source]

Corps At The Crest is a series of two home shows for Pacific Crest. In recent years, Corps at the Crest Oceanside has taken place at El Camino High School (Oceanside), while Corps at the Crest Los Angeles takes place at Rose Bowl (stadium). Corps at the Crest Los Angeles's first appearance at the Rose Bowl (stadium) was in 2015. In previous years, the Los Angeles show was held at different colleges across southern California. Usually held toward the beginning of the DCI season in late June, the shows feature performances from every California-based DCI open and world class corps, as well as appearances by The Academy (Tempe, AZ). In recent years, corps from east of the Rockies such as Bluecoats (Canton, OH), Phantom Regiment (Rockford, IL), The Cadets (Allentown, PA), Blue Knights (Denver, CO), and Carolina Crown (Fort Mill, SC) have included Corps at the Crest on their national tours.

Corps Traditions[edit | edit source]

  • Corps Song: The corps song is Franz Biebl's Ave Maria. The hornline plays the corps song for the rest of the corps, including the staff, colorguard, and percussion, after rehearsal concludes on the days of major regional performances. The corps has also been known to play Frank Sinatra's "The Way You Look Tonight", a favorite of retired corps staffer Dale Leaman.
  • Corps Necklace: The corps necklace is a small, penny-sized copper pendant featuring the Pacific Crest logo. Rookies are given their corps medallions at the end of history night, where the current corps learns about previous years and history. Returning members take gold chain links from their shakos at the end of every season and place them on their corps necklaces as charms – one gold link for each year they've marched with the corps. Alumni who marched before the necklaces were awarded, starting in 2009, can receive corps necklaces at Pacific Crest's annual sneak preview show. In 2013, the necklaces began to feature the updated logo with the shield-shaped crest in place of the circular logo of previous years.
  • The Wave: Pacific Crest's corps logo is a wave split at its apex into a "P" and "C", for "Pacific Crest". This wave is a popular icon among members and alumni. Pacific Crest logo waves are often painted on rehearsal fields on the days of regionals. Pacific Crest ageouts leave a logo wave made of performance shoes and other memorabilia on the field during the DCI age-out ceremony. The wave has even been featured in drill during their shows, most recently at the end of the second movement in their 2018 show.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Corps". Drum Corps International. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  2. "History of Pacific Crest". Maher Associates, Inc. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  3. "About Pacific Crest Youth Arts Organization". Pacific Crest Youth Arts Organization. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  4. "Pacific Crest/Repertoire". DCX: The Drum Corps Xperience. Retrieved March 6, 2018.

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