Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps

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Seattle Cascades
Drum and Bugle Corps
Seattle Cascades logo.png
Cascades' logo
LocationSeattle, WA
DivisionWorld Class
Corps DirectorBrian M. Smith
Championship titles2000 (Division III)

The Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps is a World Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Seattle, Washington, the Cascades is a member corps of Drum Corps International.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Cascades 50th Anniversary logo, 2016

The all-male Greenwood Boys Club Drum and Bugle (D&B) Corps was founded in 1957 by Jack Avery in Seattle’s Greenlake area. In 1958, Roderick Stubbs became the director of the corps and changed the name to the Seattle Thunderbirds. With no other drum corps in their region, the corps existed as a parade and stand-still exhibition unit. The corps raised money to support its operations by holding bingo games at the Greenlake VFW, which became one of the corps’ sponsors. After witnessing the 1963 VFW Junior D&B National Championship (Nationals) in Seattle, the Thunderbirds' leadership decided to put the corps on the competition field.

1964 was a groundbreaking year for the Seattle Thunderbirds. Under the leadership of George Laumin and Jack Little, the corps entered the field with a program of show tunes and modern field drill. They were the first west coast corps to use contrabass bugles and multi-tenor drums. They traveled by train to Cleveland for VFW Nationals, where the corps placed 32nd among 45 corps. Additionally, the corps started a feeder corps and named it the Thunderbird Cadets, under the direction of Rod Stubbs and Jack Avery, with the major performance during its inaugural season being the Rose Festival Parade in Portland, Oregon.

In 1966, amid much dissension, Rod Stubbs left the Thunderbird organization, and with some of its marching members, started a new corps, named the Cascade Cadets. In 1970, many staff and marching members of the Seattle Thunderbirds defected to the Cascade Cadets, which then changed its name to the Seattle Cascades, After the 1972 season, the remnants of the Thunderbirds organization were absorbed into the Seattle Cascades. In 1977, for the first time, the Cascades traveled to DCI Finals in Denver, also attending American Legion Nationals in the Denver suburbs. Although they had some competitive success in its early days, some years the organization struggled to put a corps on the field. Some years the Cascades did not field and only marched in parades or went inactive.

In 1985, the corps reorganized as a Class A60 (later Division III [DIII]) corps. They then returned to marching parades until 1991, when they returned to the competition field in Class A60. In 1992, the corps moved into Division II (DII), moving up to a 6th-place finish in the division in 1996 before taking another year off to reorganize. The corps returned as a DII corps, earning a 9th-place finish in 1998 and 6th in 1999. In 2000, the corps stepped down to DIII and were crowned DCI Division III World Champions. In 2001, the corps membership nearly doubled, and the corps finished a close 2nd to Mandarins in DII, advanced to the Division I (DI) preliminary competition, and gained a 17th-place ranking in DCI.

In 2002, the Seattle Cascades moved into DI (now World Class) competition and became the first corps from the Pacific Northwest to earn a place in the DCI Top Twelve Finals. Although they have failed to repeat this accomplishment, the corps has made eight other semi finals appearances. As a consequence of the Great Recession of 2007-09, the corps took 2008 off from competition in order to stabilize their finances, but returned to the field in 2009.[2][3]

Sponsorship[edit | edit source]

The Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps is sponsored by Northwest Youth Music Association, a 501 (c)(3) musical organization that has a board of directors, corps directors, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. The executive director is Brian M. Smith and the tour director is Jeremy Bennett.[4]

Show summary (1972-2022)[edit | edit source]


Gold background indicates DCI Championship; pale blue background indicates DCI Class Finalist; pale green background indicates DCI semifinalist; pale purple background indicates Open Class/Division II finalist (but not champion) and World Class/Division I semifinalist.

Year Theme Repertoire Score Placement
1972 She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain (Traditional) / Shenandoah (Traditional) /
Sweet Betsy from Pike (Traditional) and John A. Stone / Rodeo by Aaron Copland /
Wild, Wild West by Richard Markowitz / Rawhide by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington /
Bonanza by David Rose / Promised Land (from How the West Was Won) by Alfred Newman /
Seattle (from Here Come the Brides) by Hugo Montenegro, Jack Keller, and Ernie Sheldon
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1973 Entry to the Coliseum (Unknown) / Greensleeves (Traditional) /
America, the Beautiful by Samuel A. Ward and Katharine Lee Bates / African Suite by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor /
Sabbath Prayer (from Fiddler on the Roof) by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick
--- ---
1974 Festivo (Unknown) / Soul Sacrifice by David Brown, Marcus Malone, Gregg Rolie, Carlos Santana /
African Suite by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor /
Sabbath Prayer (from Fiddler on the Roof) by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick /
El Gato Triste by Chuck Mangione / Requiem for an Era by Truman Crawford
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1975 Russian Sailor's Dance (from the Red Poppy) by Reinhold Glière / Jay's Solo /
Gospel John by Jill Steinberg / Requiem for an Era by Truman Crawford
--- ---
1976 The Sinfonians by Clifton Williams / Karn Evil 9 – Second Impression by Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, and Peter Sinfield /
Rain on My Parade (from Funny Girl) by Bob Merrill and Jule Styne / El Gato Triste by Chuck Mangione
--- ---
1977 Nutville by Horace Silver / El Gato Triste by Chuck Mangione /
Selections from The Wizard of OZ by Harold Arlen and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg / Home (from The Wiz) by Charlie Smalls
52.300 45th
1978 The Flintstones Theme by Hoyt Curtin / Send in the Clowns (from A Little Night Music) by Stephen Sondheim /
Medley from The Wiz by Charlie Smalls
64.450 34th
1979 Brand New Day (from The Wiz) by Charlie Smalls /
Send in the Clowns (from A Little Night Music) by Stephen Sondheim /
If You Believe, Mean Old Lion & Home (from The Wiz) by Charlie Smalls
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1980-1981 Parade Corps --- ---
1982 Explosions (Unknown) / Macarena (Unknown) / Late in the Evening by Paul Simon /
Spies in the Night by David Foster and Jay Graydon
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1983 Explosions (Unknown) / El Gato Triste by Chuck Mangione / Whistling Midgets by Tom Collier and Dan Dean /
Stoney End by Laura Nyro / Just Once by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
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1984 When You Wish Upon a Star by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington /
Someday My Prince Will Come by Frank Churchill and Larry Morey /
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah by Allie Wrubel and Ray Gilbert /
Alice in Wonderland & Very Good Advice by Sammy Fain and Bob Hilliard / Reprise
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1985 Repertoire unavailable 37.000 15th Class A60
1986-1988 Corps Inactive --- ---
1989-1990 Parade Corps --- ---
1991 Gershwin Selections by George Gershwin 60.40 12th Class A60
1992 Kismet The Sands of Time, Gesticulate, Zubbediyah & Strangers In Paradise
All from Kismet by Robert Wright & George Forrest adapted from works of Alexander Borodin
64.20 17th Div. II
1993 A Riverboat/Showboat Ol' Man River (From Showboat) by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II /
Waiting for the Robert E. Lee by Lewis F. Muir and L. Wolfe Gilbert /
Proud Mary by John Fogerty / Ol' Man River (From Showboat) by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II
70.00 14th Division II
1994 A Day in Paris La Vie en Rose by Louiguy, Marguerite Monnot, and Édith Piaf /
Claire de Lune by Debussy /
Scherzo by John Cheetham / Follies (unknown)
71.80 17th Division II
1995 Salute to Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road & Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting by Elton John and Bernie Taupin /
Funeral For A Friend by Elton John / Candle in the Wind by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
79.70 10th Division II
1996 Salute to the Beatles Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, Magical Mystery Tour & Eleanor Rigby by Lennon–McCartney /
Imagine by John Lennon
86.60 6th Division II
1997 Corps Inactive --- ---
1998 The music of Chicago Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? & Listen by Robert Lamm /
Someday by James Pankow and Robert Lamm / Beginnings by Robert Lamm
83.80 9th Division II
1999 Technological Evolution:
A Fable in Four Acts
The Innocents, The March of Civilization & The Mechanized Society (Unknown) /
The Awakening by Pat Metheney and Lyle Mays
88.80 6th Division II
2000 At the Strongholds
of En Gedi
At the Strongholds of En Gedi, Prelude and Rondo & Liturgical Dances by David Holsinger /
Endurance by Timothy Mahr / Gymnway's Revenge by David Holsinger
1st Division III
23rd Division I
2001 The Veneration Abram's Pursuit, Helm Toccata & The Armies of the Omnipresent Otserf by David Holsinger 96.70
2nd Division II
17th Division I
2002 City Riffs: The Music of
Leonard Bernstein
On the Town / Profanation (from The Jeremiah Symphony) / Simple Song (from Bernstein's Mass) /
Riffs (from Prelude Fugue and Riffs) / Make Our Garden Grow (from Candide)
All by Leonard Bernstein
84.05 12th
2003 Festiva Danza Huapango by José Pablo Moncayo / Harp Concerto by Alberto Ginastera /
Oblivion & Libertango by Astor Piazzolla / El Salon Mexico by Aaron Copland
81.65 15th
2004 Nature's Confession Distant Showers by Scott Boerma and Rob Lewis / Savannah River Holiday by Ron Nelson /
The Birth by Benoît Jutras / Allegro Impetuoso by Václav Nelhýbel /
All Things Bright and Beautiful by John Rutter
81.80 15th
2005 Airborne Symphony Airborne Symphony by Marc Blitzstein / Aerodynamics by David Gillingham /
Weeping Willow by Scott Joplin /
Redline Tango by John Mackey / Stairway To Heaven by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
78.10 17th (tie)
2006 Redemption Ghosts by Stephen McNeff / Second String Quartet by Béla Bartók / Dance Movement No. 1 by Russ Newbury /
Lux Arumque by Eric Whitacre / Ra! by David Dzubay
75.525 19th
2007 Three Postcards by Frank Ticheli / Sleep by Eric Whitacre / V2 Schneider by Philip Glass 80.10 18th
2008 Corps Inactive --- ---
2009 Beyond the Forest Into The Forest (Uncertain) / Selections from Pan's Labyrinth by Javier Navarrete /
Tangiers (from Bourne Ultimatum) by John Powell /
Not While I'm Around (from Sweeney Todd) by Stephen Sondheim /
Make Our Garden Grow (from Candide) by Leonard Bernstein
74.95 22nd
2010 Silver Lining Cloudsplitter Fanfare by Jack Stamp / Allegro Impetuoso from “Two Symphonic Movements” by Václav Nelhýbel /
River Flows in You by Yiruma / Hope Awakes by Josh Hinkle /
The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin
74.60 22nd
2011 Pandora, a Dark Gift Pandora - A Dark Gift by Josh Hinkle and Chris Grant/ My Immortal by Ben Moody and Amy Lee 72.20 24th
2012 Shinto Kingfishers Catch Fire by John Mackey / Panda Po by Hans Zimmer / Shogun by John Powell 68.75 25th
2013 Inescapable Solar Sailor (from Tron: Legacy) by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk) /
Original music by Lewis Norfleet
69.850 27th
2014 Turn Summertime by George Gershwin / Firebird by Igor Stravinsky / Turn! Turn! Turn! by Pete Seeger /
Carol of the Bells by Mykola Leontovych and Peter J. Wilhousky / Dies Irae (Composer uncertain) /
The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky / Simple Gifts by Joseph Brackett
72.250 26th
2015 Intergalactic Mars (from The Planets) by Gustav Holst / Enterprising Young Men (from Star Trek) by Michael Giacchino /
Short Ride in a Fast Machine by John Adams / Black Hole Sun by Chris Cornell /
Venus, Mercury & Jupiter (from The Planets) by Gustav Holst /
Intergalactic by Michael Diamond, Adam Yauch, and Adam Horovitz (Beastie Boys) and Mario Caldato, Jr. /
To Boldly Go (from Star Trek) by Michael Giacchino / Theme from Star Trek by Alexander Courage
71.075 24th
2016 O Apollo Unleashed from Symphony No. 2 by Frank Ticheli /
The Moment I Said It by Imogen Heap / Orawa by Wojciech Kilar
75.150 22nd
2017 Set Free 1000 Airplanes on the Roof, Labyrinth & Scenes of Memory by Philip Glass /
Symphony No. 10, Mvt.2 by Dmitri Shostakovich / Bird Set Free by Sia /
Free Bird by Allen Collins and Ronnie Van Zant (Lynyrd Skynyrd) / Fly to Paradise by Eric Whitacre
Caged Bird by Maya Angelou
74.125 26th
2018 What Goes Around Wound Up, Spin Moves, Infinite Echoes & Unraveled by Key Poulan, Micah Brusse, Alex Brinkley, and Kaela Shoe /
Ave Maria by Franz Schubert / What Goes Around... Comes Around by Justin Timberlake, Tim Mosley, and Nathaniel Hills /
Around the World by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk)
71.963 27th
2019 Off the Grid Off the Grid by Brandon Smith / Asphalt Cocktail by John Mackey /
I've Got the World on a String by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler /
Never Gonna Give You Up by Matt Aitken, Mike Stock, and Pete Waterman /
Nitro by Frank Ticheli / High Wire by John Mackey
73.275 25th
2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Opted out of competition for the season
2022 Corps Inactive

Traditions[edit | edit source]

Corps Song[edit | edit source]

The corps song of the Seattle Cascades is Imagine by John Lennon

Corps Symbol[edit | edit source]

The symbol of the Seattle Cascades is the Cascade Mountain Range.

Corps Chant[edit | edit source]

When entering the field for competition, a member will scream "2-OH", to which the other members will reply with "6". This is in reference to Seattle's area code, (206)

Corps Necklace[edit | edit source]

Started in the 2018 season by an alumnus and son of one of the founders of the Greenwood Boys, the corps necklace features a gold "C" with the Cascade mountain range carved into it by hand. Each member receives a different colored bead for each season they march. Rookie receive a white bead, 2nd year vets receive a green bead representing the Greenwood Boys, 3rd year vets receive a red bead representing the Seattle Thunderbirds, 4th year vets receive a blue bead for the modern Seattle Cascades. This color scheme, green-red-blue, repeats for every year a member marches until a member's age-out where they will receive a black bead.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Corps". Drum Corps International. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  2. " - The Drum Corps Repertoire Database". Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  4. "Cascades Drum Corps". Cascades Drum Corps. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  5. "Seattle Cascades/Repertoire". DCX: The Drum Corps Xperience. Retrieved 6 March 2018.

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