Drum Corps is certainly not without tradition. As in the former military corps, the drum and bugle signaling units were lead by the Drum Major. Today Drum and Bugle Corps continue to march in a similar military style and are directed by the Drum Major.
Drum and Bugle Corps are divided into 3 age groups:
Junior - Under the age of 21
Senior - Over the age of 21
All ages - Combined age groups
From the early 1950ís to the late 1980ís there were over 100 Drum and Bugle Corps across Ontario and Quebec with competitions taking place almost every weekend from mid June to late August. The Ontario Drum Corps Association (ODCA) was the leading association in Ontario for drum corpsí to meet and compete for the top billing. Corps ranged in class from A, being the best of the best to D and parade class. Each corps consisted of up to 120 marching members performing for 20 minutes on a standard football field showing their best bugles, drums, marching, manoeuvring and special effects. Today only a handful of corps exist in Ontario with the majority of them being senior corps consisting of members attempting to relive their youth.
In the United States Drum and Bugle Corps is still thriving. Although not as strong as the mid 1900ís, organizations like Drum Corps International (DCI) and Drum Corps Associates (DCA) help to keep the drum and bugle corps movement alive. Each year in early August DCI holds the World Junior Drum Corps Championships with well over 100 drum and bugle corps from around the world competing for the best junior drum corps. As with DCI, DCA hosts the All Ages Drum and Bugle Corps World Championships in early September.
2008 - DCI World Champions
For more information on the history of the Bugle see: