Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps

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The Reading Buccaneers
File:Bucs logo.png
LocationReading, Pennsylvania
DivisionOpen Class
DirectorLou Tierno
Championship titlesVFW: 1960, 1961, 1962; DCA: 1965, 1968, 1979, 1980, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
UniformRoyal blue jackets, black and blue striped sash, black pants, shoes, blue gauntlets, and aussie hats with Black plume

The Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps is an all-age or senior drum and bugle corps based in Reading, Pennsylvania. The Buccaneers, also known by the nickname The Bucs, are charter members of Drum Corps Associates.

Mission Statement[edit | edit source]

The mission of the Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps is to provide men and women of all ages a unique and enriching educational experience in the performing arts in which they develop as individuals and as performers.

History[edit | edit source]

The Reading Buccaneers on retreat in the 2005 DCA World Finals in Scranton, Pennsylvania

Pre-DCA (VFW/American Legion)[edit | edit source]

The Reading Buccaneers were formed in 1957 as a parade corps for WWII veterans. A field corps was formed in 1958 competing in the VFW circuit. The Reading Buccaneers captured the VFW championship in 1960, 1961, and 1962. The Reading Buccaneers were the last drum and bugle corps to win the VFW championship as the award was retired in 1962.

Modern Years (DCA)[edit | edit source]

In 1965, the Reading Buccaneers became a charter member of Drum Corps Associates. The Buccaneers won the first DCA Open Class World Champions in 1965. They have since repeated sixteen times, in 1968, 1979, 1980, 2005, 2006, 2007 (the corps' 50th anniversary), 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 (the corps' 60th anniversary), 2018, and most recently in 2019. The corps has also placed second nine times (1973, 1974, 1976, 1984, 1985, 1999, 2001, 2011, and 2016) and third seven times (1972, 1975, 1977, 1981, 2000, 2002, and 2004). They have missed being a DCA finalist only three times. The Buccaneers hold the DCA record and tie the DCI record for the longest winning streak at 64 consecutive wins. The winning streak began with the first show of the 2005 season, and finally ended September 3 2011 when the Buccaneers placed 2nd to Minnesota Brass Inc.

Show Summary (1965-2019)[edit | edit source]

Gold background indicates DCA Championship; Pale blue background indicates DCA Finalist.

Year Theme Repertoire Score Result
1965 Burke's Law / From This Moment On (from Kiss Me Kate) by Cole Porter / Portrait of my Love by Cyril Ornadel and Norman Newell / Maria (from West Side Story) by Leonard Bernstein / This Had Better Be The Night / El Cid by Miklos Rosza / After You've Gone by Turner Layton and Henry Creamer / Beyond the Sea by Charles Trent and Jack Lawrence 84.5 1st
1984 Wind Machine * Central Park * The Captain's Journey * The Rainmaker 91.950 2nd
1985 Wind Machine * Jeannine * The Ancient * The Rainmaker * After You 91.900 2nd
1986 87.550 4th
1987 92.300 5th
1988 A Russian Celebration 79.940 10th
1989 78.700 10th
1990 Batman Batman - Batman Theme (from Batman) * Rooftop (from Batman) * Descent into Mystery (from Batman) * Return of the Rainmaker * Pie Jesu (from Requiem) * Batman Theme Reprise (from Batman) 92.200 7th
1991 Marche Slav * Firewatch * Dr. Macumba * Anything but Lonely (from Apects of Love) * Russian Easter Overture 82.300 8th
1992 Cherokee * Englishman in New York * Moondance * Sambandrea Swing * You Can't Fall Up (You Just Fall Down) 86.600 9th
1993 You're Still A Young Man * What is Hip * The Skunk, The Goose, And The Fly * You Can't Fall Up (You Just Fall Down) 84.800 11th
1994 The Music of Hook Remembering Childhood (from Hook); Prologue (from Hook); Banning Back Home (from Hook); You Are the Pan (from Hook); The Ultimate War (from Hook) all by John Williams 79.600 11th
1995 Balance in Blue En Sueno * Canto del Viento * Navy Hymn * Russian Sailor's Dance (from The Red Poppy) 77.500 11th
1996 Russian Hymn * Hook * Jurassic Park * Asteroid Belt * E. T. Theme (from E.T.) 82.400 10th
1997 Hunt for Red October * Meadowland * Polovetsian Dances * Firebird Suite 83.400 9th
1998 A Russian Celebration Festive Overture * Gopak * Russian Christmas Music 93.500 4th
1999 Winter Dreams Russian Christmas Music * 4th Movement (from Symphony No. 1) * The Pine Forest (from The Nutcracker) 95.800 2nd
2000 Holst: The Planets Jupiter (from The Planets) / Venus (from The Planets) / Mercury (from The Planets) / Mars (from The Planets) / Jupiter (from The Planets) all by Gustav Holst 97.850 2nd
2001 Portraits of Bernstein On The Waterfront / Slava / Make Our Garden grow (from Candide) / Overture (from Candide) all by Leonard Berstein 97.850 2nd
2002 Anthems of Freedom Star Spangled Overture; Appalachian Spring; Flag of Stars 95.550 3rd
2003 The Sea: Beauty, Power, Serenity, and War Songer of Sailor and Sea; Navy Hymn; Drunken Sailor; Blow the Man Down; The Sea Treaders 92.150 5th
2004 Innovations! The Passions of Shostakovich Festive Overture; Fire of Eternal Glory; Symphony No. 10; Symphony No. 5 95.450 3rd
2005 Variations in B Farandole (from L'Arlesienne); Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber / String Quartet No. 4 by Bela Bartok / A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra 98.450 1st
2006 Exotic Impressions Bolero; Capriccio Espangnol; Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque); Schehereezade 97.238 1st
2007 Blue Era New Era Dance; The Promise of Living (from The Tender Land); Danza Final (Malambo from Estancia); Rhapsody in Blue 98.313 1st
2008 The Pursuit of Joy Canon in D; Abram's Pursuit; Nessun Dorma (from Turandot); Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 (from Ode to Joy) 97.913 1st
2009 Demons and Angels Dies Irae (from Days of Wrath); Ritual Fire Dance; A Simple Song (from Berstein's Mass); Symphonia Resurrectus (from Easter Symphony) 99.025 1st
2010 Rome MMX Pines of the Appian Way (from Pines of Rome); Games at the Circus Maximus (Mvt. 1 from Roman Festivals); Adagio from Spartacus; The Epiphany (Mvt. 4 from Roman Festivals) 98.263 1st
2011 A Dancer's Dream The Chairman Dances; Danzon No.2; Swan lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky / Mambo (from West Side Story) by Leonard Bernstein 97.450 2nd
2012 The Black Symphony Warm Colors by Mark Lortz / The Four Sections for Orchestra, Mvt. 4 by Stever Reich /

New World (from Dancer in the Dark) by Björk Guömundsdóttir / 1812 Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

99.030 1st
2013 Higher, Faster, Stronger Symphony No.11, Mvt. 4 / Original Composition by Mark Lortz, Johnny Trujillo, and Greg Tsalikis /

Chevaliers de Sangreal (from DaVinci Code) / Danse Bacchanale (from Samson and Delilah)

98.430 1st
2014 Break On Through Break on Through by Jim Morrison / Fourth Ballet Suite by Dmitri Shostakovich / Orawa for Orchestra by Wojciech Kilar / Heat of the Day by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays / Original Composition by Mark Lortz, Johnny Trujillo, and Greg Tsalikis 97.550 1st
2015 Twist-It Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo / Palladio by Karl Jenkins / Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven /

Going the Distance (from Rocky) by Bill Conti / William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini

97.580 1st
2016 ConZENtric - Mind, Body, Soul Equus by Eric Whitacre / Impressions of Japan by James Barnes / Gabriel's Oboe by Ennio Morricone / Cycle Song by Imogen Heap 97.250 2nd
2017 Behind the Suit Man of Steel by Hans Zimmer / Metropolis Symphony Mvmnt 1 (Lex) by Michael Daugherty / Andante Tranquillo; Symphony No. 1 by Samuel Barber / Into the New by Mark Peter Revell / Einleitung, oder Sonnenaufgang from Also sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss 98.930 1st
2018 Here to There Hummingbird by Steven Bryant / Hunting Wabbits by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band / La Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens / So Far Away by Carole King / Symphony No. 4 by David Maslanka / Original Music by Buccaneers designers Mark Lortz, Johnny Trujillo and Mike Lalli 98.000 1st
2019 Dans Ma Chambre Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture by Mikhail Glinka / What a Feeling by Irene Cara / Bohemian Rhapsody by Freddie Mercury / Benedictus (from The Armed Man) by Karl Jenkins / Original Music by Buccaneer's designers Johnny Trujillo, Grant Butters, and Mark Lortz 98.225 1st
2020 Season canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021 2079

Traditions[edit | edit source]

The official corps nickname is "The Balance in Blue" because of the variety of musical styles they have presented over the years, although the corps has programmed mostly classical choices since the late 1990s.[1] The official corps symbol is a ship's wheel in blue with a falchion laid horizontal with the name of the corps.[2] The official corps song is sung to the theme of An Affair to Remember. Beyond the Sea is also an unofficial corps song.[3]

Notable alumni[edit | edit source]

Sponsorship[edit | edit source]

The Buccaneers are currently sponsored in part by the American Legion Post # 537 of Morgantown, the Buccaneer Alumni Association and devoted fans.[5]

In 2019, the Buccaneers announced a strategic alliance with Carolina Crown, in which they would provide the Buccaneers with new brass and percussion instruments, as well as a performance slot in the DCI Eastern Classic in Allentown, Pennsylvania.[6]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Corps Nickname". 2007-12-04. Archived from the original on 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2007-12-04.
  2. "Corps Symbol". 2007-12-04. Archived from the original on 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2007-12-04.
  3. "Corps Song". 2007-12-04. Archived from the original on July 10, 2008. Retrieved 2007-12-04.
  5. "Corps Sponsorship". 2007-12-04. Archived from the original on 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2007-09-02.
  6. "Carolina Crown Sponsorship". Retrieved 25 January 2021.

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