River City Rhythm Drum and Bugle Corps

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River City Rhythm
Drum and Bugle Corps
River City Rhythm logo.png
LocationAnoka, Minnesota
DivisionOpen Class
Executive DirectorBojan Hoover
Director of OperationsBeau Hansen
Corps DirectorDevon Lawrence
Uniform(2017) Blue and White Jacket
Blue Pants
Three silver arrows across the chest
White sequened mini cape
Black Shoes
Dark Blue
Shako with mirror
White plume

The River City Rhythm Drum and Bugle Corps is an Open Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Anoka, Minnesota, River City Rhythm perform in Drum Corps International (DCI) competitions.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

River City Rhythm began as a competitive drum line, founded in Big Lake, Minnesota in 2009 to compete in the Minnesota Percussion Association (MPA) and Winter Guard International (WGI). The unit has won the MPA Independent A Class Championship in 2010–11 and the MPA Independent Open Class Championship in 2013–16 and 2018–19.[2] They have been WGI Independent A Class World Champion Finalists in 2010–11, WGI Independent Open Class World Champion Finalists in 2012–16, and named WGI Independent Open Class Fan Favorites in 2012–15.[3]

The organization relocated to Champlin, Minnesota in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area during the winter of 2011-12.

In 2014, the organization announced its intent to field a drum and bugle corps to compete in Drum Corps International (DCI) beginning in 2015.[4] While the management was laying the groundwork for starting a new corps, the drum line was one of seventeen that took part in the DrumLine Battle™ competition in Indianapolis during the 2014 DCI World Championships.[5] In January 2015, DCI announced that River City Rhythm was one of five corps being evaluated for possible inclusion in DCI Open Class competition for 2015.[6] On May 5, 2015, following a period of evaluation of the unit's finances, staffing, and tour plans by DCI's staff, Heat Wave, River City Rhythm, and Southwind were added to the list of competing Open Class corps.[1] The corps was added to DCI's summer schedule for four shows in Minnesota and Iowa in preparation for the corps' first appearance at the DCI Open Class World Championship Prelims in Michigan City, Indiana.[7]

Sponsorship[edit | edit source]

River City Rhythm is a 501 (c)(3) musical organization that has a Board of Directors, Executive Director, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. The organization is the sponsor of the River City Rhythm Drum and Bugle Corps, the River City Rhythm Indoor Drumline, and the Lux Winterguard. Bojan Hoover is the Executive Director, Beau Hansen is the Director of Operations, and Devon Lawrence is the corps director.[8]

Show summary (2015–2022)[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
2015 And the River Flows On The River Flows Through You by Yiruma / The River by Seth Adams /
Shenandoah (Traditional) / The Water is Wide (Traditional) /
Wait/Fantasy by Anthony Gonzales, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Yann Gonzales, Morgan Kibby, and Brad Laner (M83),
adapted by Chanticleer
9th Open Class
31st World Class
2016 Shimmer Harmonielehre by John Adams / Firefly by Ryan George / Symphony for Winds and Percussion by Donald Grantham 63.600
12th Open Class
34th World Class
2017 Misshapen Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven / Smells Like Teen Spirit by Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl
Misshapen by Chad Friesleben
11th Open Class
34th World Class
2018 Each Hour Wounds The Hours - Dead Things by Philip Glass / Somewhere in Time by John Barry/
Each Hour Wounds by Chad Friesleben, Bojan Hoover, and Paul Weber
8th Open Class
32nd World Class
2019 Breaking the News The Typewriter by Leroy Anderson / Second Rhapsody by George Gershwin /
A Day in the Life by John Lennon and Paul McCartney /
Breaking the News by Chad Friesleben, Bojan Hoover, Paul Weber, and Craig Myers
8th Open Class
28th World Class
2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Coming to a Town Near You Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! by John Lennon and Paul McCartney / Clowns by Philip Parker /
Blinding Lights by Ahmad Balshe, Jason Quenneville, Max Martin and Oscar Holter (The Weekend)
2022 Road to Nowhere 73.225


10th Open Class

31st World Class

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Corps". Drum Corps International. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  2. "Hall of Champions". Minnesota Percussion Association. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  3. "Percussion World Championships". Winter Guard International. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  4. "River City Rhythm To Start Corps In Minnesota For 2015". Drum Corps Planet. July 27, 2014. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  5. "SoundSport & DrumLine Battle bigger, better than ever at 2014 World Championships". Drum Corps International. August 20, 2014. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  6. "Five new drum corps aim to join DCI's Open Class in 2015". Drum Corps International. January 28, 2015. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  7. "Three new Open Class corps set to join the 2015 DCI Tour". Drum Corps International. May 14, 2015. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  8. "Board of Directors". River City Rhythm. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  9. "River City Rhythm". DCX: The Drum Corps Xperience. Retrieved 5 March 2018.

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