Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps

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Raiders Drum & Bugle Corps
Raiders logo.png
LocationBurlington, New Jersey
DivisionOpen Class
DirectorHarlan Landes
Championship titles2005 (Division III)
UniformBlue jacket w/white and black sash;
White gauntlets
w/black trim
Black pants;
Black shoes;
Black shako w/ black plume

The Raiders Drum & Bugle Corps is an Open Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Burlington, New Jersey. The Raiders perform in Drum Corps International (DCI) competitions.[1]

History[edit | edit source]


The Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps was founded in 1990 by George Lavelle, Jr. with George Lavelle Sr., Trent Smith, Clarence Jackson, and Anthony Bestreski joining as members of the initial board of directors. The intent was to provide the opportunity for young people to march in a highly competitive drum corps at an economical cost.

After a year of planning and preparation, the Raiders took the field on June 22, 1991 with a corps of 25 members, defeating two of the other three Division II/III corps in the show. Marching a schedule of local DCI and Garden State Circuit (GSC) shows, the Raiders finished the season by taking second place in the GSC.

The corps' second season saw a growth of nearly 100% and a tour to Ohio, Iowa, and the DCI Division III Championship prelims in Whitewater, Wisconsin, where the corps placed 19th among 29 corps.

In 1993, the corps again grew in numbers and moved to Division II. The Raiders won the first of seven GSC titles that year and finished 15th of 15 corps at DCI Division II Championships in Jackson, Mississippi. The corps marched DII only two more years, finishing placing 14th of 18 corps at DCI in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1994 and 11th of 13 corps at DCI in Buffalo, New York in 1995.

The Raiders board made the decision to return to DIII in 1996 in order to cut expenses. This move paid off immediately, when the corps made finals and placed 7th of 31 corps at the DCI DIII Championships in Orlando, Florida. Over the following eleven years, the Raiders would make the DCI DIII Finals nine times and, in 2005, win the DCI Division III World Championship.

In 2007, the Raiders moved back to Division II, placing 6th at the DCI Championships in Pasadena, California.

DCI combined Divisions II and III into Open Class in 2007, and the Raiders have been a finalist every year since, except 2018, placing as high as fifth at Michigan City (prelims) and Indianapolis, Indiana (semis & finals) in 2010.

Sponsorship[edit | edit source]

The Raiders Drum & Bugle Corps is a program of A+ Education and Performing Arts, a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) musical organization. As such, it has a Board of Directors, director, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. The corps' Executive Director is Harlan Landes.[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 DCI Placement
1991 Russian Sailor's Dance (from The Red Poppy) by Reinhold Glière /
To the Last Whale by David Crosby and Graham Nash / Victory at Sea by Richard Rodgers
Did not attend
1992 Victory at Sea by Richard Rodgers 54.700 19th Div. III
1993 Queen Who Wants To Live Forever & Flash's Theme (from Flash Gordon) by Brian May /
Bicycle Race & Bohemian Rhapsody by Freddie Mercury
69.100 15th Div. II
1994 Jesus Christ
Overture, Heaven on Their Minds, I Don't Know How to Love Him, Simon Zealotes & Superstar
All from Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
74.400 15th Div. II
1995 A Chorus Line I Hope I Get It / At The Ballet / Music and The Mirror / One
All from A Chorus Line by Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban
77.300 11th Div. II
1996 Sidewalks of
New York
The Sidewalks of New York (East Side, West Side) by Charles B. Lawlor and James W. Blake /
Take the 'A' Train by Billy Strayhorn / Harlem Nocturne by Earle Hagen and Dick Rogers /
Central Park by Armando Anthony "Chick" Corea / Autumn in New York by Vernon Duke /
(I'll Take) Manhattan by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart /
The Sidewalks of New York (Reprise) by Charles B. Lawlor and James W. Blake
79.000 7th Div. III
1997 It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) by Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington and Irving Mills /
Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me by Duke Ellington and Bob Russell /
En Fuego (On Fire) by Michel Camilo /
What a Wonderful World by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss /
Air Mail Special by Benny Goodman, James Mundy, and Charlie Christian
79.500 16th Div. III
1998 A Solstice Celebration /
Winter Solstice
My Favorite Things (from The Sound Of Music) by Rodgers and Hammerstein /
Sometimes in Winter by Steve Katz /
O Holy Night by Adolphe Adam and John Sullivan Dwight / Snow by Irving Berlin
81.500 8th Div. III
1999 A Trilogy of
Master of Puppets by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett (Metallica) /
Jazzhatten Suite by Oliver Nelson / Trilogy by Keith Emerson and Greg Lake
84.400 6th Div. III
2000 Traditions
and Innovations
Piano Concerto No. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff /
Kashmir by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant. and John Bonham / Sunrise by Donna Jean Godchaux
80.750 12th Div. III
2001 Pictures
at an Exhibition
Promenade, Gnomus, The Old Castle, The Hut of Baba-Yaga & The Great Gate of Kiev
All from Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky
88.500 2nd Div. III
2002 Balance Festive Overture by Dmitri Shostakovich / Masque by W. Francis McBeth /
Fifth Symphony Mvt. 4 by Dmitri Shostakovich
78.300 8th Div. III
2003 Carmina Burana Carminua Burana by Carl Orff 81.500 5th Div. III
2004 Adams:
A Sound Story
Wild Nights of Harmonium, Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Harmonielehre - Mvt. III & Fearful Symmertries
All by John Adams
79.650 6th Div. III
2005 Jesus Christ
Overture, Heaven on Our Minds, John 19:10, Garden of Gethsemene,
Simon Zealotes & Jesus Christ Superstar
All from Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
1st Div. III
8th Div.II/III
2006 Coast to Coast Awayday by Adam Gorb / Letter from Home by Pat Metheny / Strawberry Soup by Don Ellis 80.500 3rd Div. III
2007 West Side Story Prologue; Cool; I Have a Love; One Hand, One Heart; Mambo & Tonight
All from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim
84.400 6th Div. II
2008 Deep Blue Selections from A Perfect Storm by James Horner / Original by Michael Hamilton and Colin Bell 86.250 9th Open Class
2009 Isle of Hope American Elegy by Frank Ticheli /
Hungarian Peasant Songs, Romanian Dance for Orchestra, Sz. 47a & Swineherds Dance by Béla Bartók /
Gan Ainm (Traditional) / Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini
88.250 6th Open Class
2010 Platinum
Celebration Fanfare by Michael Hamilton / Exulate by Samuel Hazo /
Exhilaration by Larry Clark / New Beginnings by Peter Boyer
89.150 5th Open Class
2011 Blueecentric Blue Shades by Frank Ticheli / Bluesette by Toots Thielemans /
Blue Rondo a la Turk & Bluette by Dave Brubeck / Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
10th Open Class
35th World Class
2012 Warped Warped by Key Poulan 82.000
10th Open Class
32nd World Class
2013 The Raven:
A Descent Into Madness
The Raven by Key Poulan 84.950
9th Open Class
31st World Class
2014 Seasons of the Earth October by Eric Whitacre / Month of the Cold Moon by Roland Barrett /
Into the Joy of Spring by James Swearingen / Kingfishers Catch Fire by John Mackey
9th Open Class
31st World Class
2015 From the Ashes Olympiada by Samuel Hazo / Fanfare - A Vision and A Dream by Ryan Nowlin /
Our Yesterdays Lengthen Like Shadows by Samuel Hazo / Into The Light by Jay Bocook
11th Open Class
36th World Class
2016 Industrial Evolution Fearful Symmetries by John Adams / Hymn of Acxiom by Vienna Teng / Ballet Sacra by David Holsinger 66.825
10th Open Class
33rd World Class
2017 Iconic Who Wants to Live Forever by Brian May / Beat It by Michael Jackson / Let It Be by Lennon–McCartney /
Runaway Baby by Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, and Brody Brown (The Smeezingtons) /
Knights of Cydonia by Matt Bellamy / Bohemian Rhapsody by Freddie Mercury
12th Open Class
35th World Class
2018 Beowulf:
The Rise of a Legend
Beowulf: The Rise of a Legend by Jake Kaplan 62.675
14th Open Class
39th World Class
2019 Gateway to the Unknown Discovery of the Portal, The Conversation, The Veil of Isolation, Teleportation & Our Connected Universe
All by Key Poulan, Dan Bryan, and Travis Peterman
12th Open Class
35th World Class
2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Reboot Featuring music by Fiona Apple; Vienna Teng; Key Poulan, Dan Bryan, and Travis Peterman;
Marc Garside, Thomas van der Grift, and Sandi Tait
2022 Use Your Imagination Repertoire Not Announced 67.625


13th Open Class

34th World Class

Traditions[edit | edit source]

The corps song is "One More Time", which is sung by the entire corps just before taking the field.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Corps". Drum Corps International. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  2. "Raiders". DCX: The Drum Corps Xperience. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  3. "Welcome to the Raiders Drum & Bugle Corps". A+ Education & Performing Arts. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  4. "Staff". A+ Education & Performing Arts. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  5. "Raiders". DCX: The Drum Corps Xperience. Retrieved 5 March 2018.

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