The Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps

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The Battalion
Drum and Bugle Corps
The Battalion logo.png
LocationSalt Lake City, Utah
DivisionOpen Class
DirectorKatherine Steinacker

The Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps is an Open Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, The Battalion is the first competitive drum corps from the state of Utah[1] and competed in its first season as a member corps of Drum Corps International (DCI) during the summer of 2016.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Founded in 2014, The Battalion spent its first two years building a solid corporate structure before beginning to recruit members. In the spring of 2016, the corps applied for membership in DCI. After an evaluation of the organization's resources, staff, and plans, on May 18, 2016, the unit was approved to enter competition as an Open Class corps.[3]

Similar to many new corps, The Battalion chose to begin with only a short tour in its inaugural season, and its 104 charter members marched in only five shows in four states during the first week of July.[4]

To cater to its community, the corps has elected to not compete on Sundays " order to allow corps members take part in preplanned community outreach and service projects where the corps is housed while on tour."[5]

Although the 2019 corps ended its season on July 24, a week and a half before the DCI Championships began, The Battalion's corps director, Katherine Steinacker was awarded the David Kampschroer Leadership Award for Director of the Year at the Open Class Finals.[6]

Sponsorship[edit | edit source]

The corps is sponsored by The Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps, Inc., a registered non-profit 501 (c)(3) musical organization that has a Board of Directors, executive director, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. The Corps Director is Katherine Steinacker and the Program Director is Mark Hartman.[7]

Show Summary (2016-2022)[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
2016 Run To You Run To You by Pentatonix and Ben Bram / to wALk Or ruN in wEst harlem by Andy Akiho /
Meetings Along the Edge by Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass / Wayfaring Stranger (Traditional)
Did not attend
2017 Listen to
the Silence
All original music composed by Shilo Stroman, John Matthews, and Alexander Entin Did not attend
2018 Seeing Red Featuring music from Anton Bruckner, Erik Satie, and Ludwig van Beethoven along with original works by Shilo Stroman, John Matthews, & Alexander Entin Did not attend
2019 Humanity Shenandoah (Traditional) / Many Languages, One World by Alexander Entin, John Matthews, and Shilo Stroman /
Sunken Cathedral by Claude Debussy / Symphony No. 4, Mvmt. 4 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky /
Original music by Alexander Entin, John Matthews, and Shilo Stroman

Did not attend

2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Onward
2022 EXPAND 75.600


7th Open Class

27th World Class

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Corps on corpsreps/com". Maher Associates, Inc./ Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  2. "Corps". Drum Corps International. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  3. "New Open Class corps approved for '16 DCI tour". Drum Corps International. 18 May 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  4. "Utah's first junior corps, The Battalion, wraps up first Open Class season". Drum Corps World. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  5. "Utah Welcomes Its New Drum & Bugle Corps". The Battalion. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  6. "2019 DCI Directors of the Year". Drum Corps International. 21 August 2019. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  7. "About/Staff". The Battalion. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  8. "The Battalion". DCX: The Drum Corps Xperience. Retrieved 5 March 2018.

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