The Legion D&BC is sponsored by the American Legion Post 161 in Redmond, WA with authorization and endorsement from the national organization. The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.
Lake Washington VFW Post 2995 The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) is the largest organization of combat veterans in the nation. The VFW was formed in 1899, chartered by Congress in 1936, and was instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, the GI bill, and the national cemetery system. The VFW has nearly 2 million members and more than 7500 posts serving veterans in every state and abroad.
The Northwest Youth Music Association supports programs in the performing arts for youth of ages 8 to 22 in the states of Washington and Oregon. NYMA believes that the ideal program is one that significantly challenges youth to excel to new personal heights.
The Cascades Drum & Bugle Corps was founded in 1957 and is the oldest and only nationally touring drum and bugle corps in the Pacific Northwest. Members of the Cascades come from throughout Washington, Idaho and Oregon in addition to other western states and Canada.
The "Commandant's Own" US Marine Drum & Bugle Corps is the only active duty D&BC in the US armed forces, and the only military music unit utilizing 2-valve bugles in the key of G – the same kind of instruments we use in the Legion. The "Commandant's Own" has generously allowed us to use a number of their musical compositions arranged specifically for these special instruments.
Welcome to the site of the first SoundSport team in the state of Utah! Currently a club at Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, UT
What is a Sound Sport and who are we?
SoundSport was created by Drum Corp International and is described as “showcasing instrumental ensembles of any instrumentation and any skill level year-round, spotlighting their unique talents and creativity like never before.”
We strive for excellence in our approach to becoming one of the most entertaining and competitive groups in not only the state of Utah but the world and hopefully will see all of our members experience what it is like to march in a “Drum Corps” but a lot closer to home, while paying a lot less.
So come one and come all for an exiting adventure, make friends, become great, and represent our great state with the greatest of shows!
Signal Arts was formed to make the art of drum & bugle corps more affordable and accessible to young people, to bring a great musical tradition back into communities and Scouting, and to preserve the thrilling outdoor sound of the G-bugle family of instruments.
Community Drum Corps
Modern drum & bugle corps is one of the most competitive and popular youth activities in the arts, but it has also become very expensive, with performances usually now limited to competitions in stadiums. But that has not always been the case. Drum corps were once much more common and could be seen in parades, community events, and holiday celebrations all across America. Drum corps were often formed as Scouting units chartered by churches, veteran and community organizations. During the past century there were more than 550 in Pennsylvania alone.
Over the years, however, their popularity led to a shift in focus away from community performance and towards highly produced competitive tours. Corps today travel the country in caravans of buses and trucks to perform in regional and national competitions, with very limited activity outside of competitions. Our goal at Signal Arts is to bring this great activity back into communities and back into Scouting, and to make it more affordable and accessible for young people again.
Most of the greatest drum corps performances of all time were performed on G-bugles, before a rules change in 1999 led most organizations to abandon their use for financial reasons. Bugles in the key of G were originally developed as signal instruments to allow combat units to communicate clearly on the battlefield over the din of canon fire and the chaos of war. Modern G-bugles descended from those instruments are designed to produce a sound with much higher volume and intensity compared with their symphonic cousins. They are highly optimized for outdoor performance and are not well-suited for indoor use. That is one of the reasons the G-bugle family of instruments represents a special and distinct category of brasswinds that are truly in a class of their own. In other words, a soprano G-bugle is not a kind of alto trumpet, it is a soprano bugle. A contrabass bugle is not a kind of tuba, it is a contrabass bugle.
Another distinguishing characteristic of G-bugles is that each voice is designed as part of a set. Each instrument is pitched in the same key and shares the same harmonic characteristics (known as fundamentals and partials) which allows a bugle ensemble to produce acoustic effects having more in common with a powerful pipe organ than an ordinary mixed-key brass band. G-bugles are special and unique. They represent the state-of-the-art for unamplified outdoor performance and can create thrilling aural phenomena that cannot be produced by any other means.>>