Vessel Drum and Bugle Corps

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Vessel Drum and Bugle Corps
Vessel logo.png
LocationInland Empire, California
DivisionOpen Class
DirectorNathaniel Lewis Jr.
File:City Sound Drum & Bugle Corps Logo.jpg
City Sound Drum & Bugle Corps logo

The Vessel Drum and Bugle Corps is a competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in the Inland Empire of Southern California, the unit performed as City Sound Drum & Bugle Corps in Drum Corps International (DCI) competitions as an Open Class corps between 2010 and 2014.[1] Reorganized as Vessel Drum & Bugle Corps, the group returned to competition in 2018.

History[edit | edit source]

Vessel Drum and Bugle Corps is a partnership between Orange County Independent Ensembles and Los Angeles Youth Arts Organization. Los Angeles Youth Arts Organization was founded in June, 1997 by current director Nathaniel Lewis, Jr. as an indoor winter drumline called City Sound. His intent was to give teens and young adults from "diverse cultures" with performance opportunities lacking in many California schools.

In 2010, the corps added a horn line and color guard to become a full drum and bugle corps, performing in Drum Corps International contests within California.

In November 2012, City Sound's drumline was featured on the Disney Channel's Shake It Up.[2]

City Sound is a Boy Scouts "Learning for Life" Explorer Post and was awarded the Boy Scouts of America, Learning For Life, Character Education Quality Award for 2013.[3]

In 2013 and 2014, members of City Sound were able to receive college credit through California State University Dominguez Hills for marching in the corps for one season.[4][5]

In 2014, City Sound traveled out of their home state of California for the first time as a corps, competing at the Southwest Corps Connection in Mesa, Arizona.

In May 2015, the corps announced that it would take the year off, since it had difficulty in recruiting a sufficient number of brass players.[6]

In 2017, Sean Cunningham, Director of Orange County Independent Ensembles and Nathaniel Lewis of Los Angeles Youth Arts Organization decided to partner in a new Drum and Bugle Corps known now as Vessel Drum and Bugle Corps.. In January 2018, after three seasons of inactivity as City Sound, DCI announced that the corps was approved to return in 2018 as Vessel Drum and Bugle Corps. [7]

Sponsorship[edit | edit source]

Vessel Drum & Bugle Corps is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) musical organization which has a Board of Directors, director, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. The corps director is Nathaniel Lewis, Jr.[8]

Show summary (2010-2021)[edit | edit source]


Year Theme Repertoire Score Place
2010 Under Over Pinball Wizard & Other selections from Tommy by Pete Townshend Did not attend
2011 Sounds of Our City City of Angels by Ulises Bella, Sheffer Bruton, Asdrubal Sierra, and Jiro Yamaguchi (Ozomatli) /
Saturday Night by Ulises Bella, Raúl Pacheco, Asdrubal Sierra, and Jiro Yamaguchi (Ozomatli) /
La Pistola El Corazon by David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez (Los Lobos) /
At Last by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren / Sunless Saturday by Fishbone
Did not attend
2012 Los Sonidos de Miami Dejame Sonar by Perin Vazquez / Conga by Enrique E. Garcia /
Song For Chano by Ray Barretto / Hasta Que Vuelvas Conmigo by Gian Marco
Did not attend
2013 A Day in the Life
in Puerto Rico
Hasta Que Vuelvas Conmigo by Gian Marco / Meliton Tombe (Traditional Puerto Rican) /
Rule Son Da by William Cepeda / El Rumor by Viento de agua
Did not attend
2014 Big Easy Blues Do Whatcha Wanna by Kermit Ruffins / St. James Infirmary (Traditional) /
Beale Street Blues by W.C. Handy / Brooklyn by Nat MacIntosh
Did not attend
2015–17 Corps inactive
2018 Bloom Induction / Maturation / Antithesis
Original compositions by Frank Sullivan, Fred Smith, Niko Jasniewicz, and Roger Carter
Did not attend
2019 Here There Everywhere Theme from Super 8 by Michael Giacchino / The Phoenix {from War of the Worlds) by Peter Graham /
Rewrite the Stars (from The Greatest Showman) by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul / The Lost Labryinth by Kevin Houbin
Did not attend
2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Opted out of competition for the season

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Corps". Drum Corps International. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  2. City Sound Drum Line On Disney Channel Show | Drum Corps Planet
  3. Learning for Life Awards and Scholarships
  4. California State University, Dominguez Hills Template:Webarchive
  5. Drum Corps for College Credit - DCI World Class Corps Discussions - Drum Corps Planet Forums
  6. "Corps news and announcements". Drum Corps International. May 29, 2015. Retrieved June 1, 2015.
  7. "Open Class corps City Sound will reboot in 2018 as Vessel". Drum Corps International. 14 March 2018. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  8. "MANAGEMENT". Vessel Drum and Bugle Corps. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  9. "City Sound". DCX: The Drum Corps Xperience. Retrieved 1 March 2018.