The Corps In This Competition
The Reading Buccaneers is an organization rich in history and tradition. The corps was organized in 1957, as a parade corps by “age-outs” of various local junior corps and veterans of WWII and Korea. The corps soon embarked upon field competitions in the 1958 season. The Buccaneers rose to the top quickly, winning three consecutive VFW Championships in 1960, 1961, and 1962. When DCA was formed, the Bucs continued their success, becoming the first DCA Champions in 1965. Since that time, the Buccaneers have won the DCA title 12 more times to become the most decorated corps in DCA history. In the last several years the Buccaneers enjoyed unprecedented competitive success, completing 6 consecutive undefeated championship seasons from 2005 through 2010. After a 2nd place finish in the 2011 championships, the Buccaneers reclaimed the title in 2012 and 2013. While it is true that the Buccaneers have had their share of glory in competition over the years, we are most proud of the thousands of people who have shared in the drum and bugle corps experience as part of the Buccaneer family. Many members have gone on to rewarding careers in music as educators, teachers, performers, and composers. Most have gone on with their lives and careers remembering fondly and speaking proudly of their days as a member of the Reading Buccaneers.
The Bushwackers Drum and Bugle corps was formed as a parade corps in 1981 with a field corps forming in 1982. During their first year of competition, The Bushwackers were able to make DCA finals in 8th place. In 1983, the corps was very competitive and ended the season with a fifth place showing. The corps continued to grow until 1986, with a brand new staff, The Bushwackers captured their first DCA title. This placed The Bushwackers in the upper echelon of DCA corps. The Bushwackers would go on to win the DCA twice more before the end of the decade. In the 1990s, The Bushwackers continued their championship ways, going on to take DCA’s top spot again in 1990, 1992, and 1993. The corps has been a top ten Finalist of DCA in 35 of its 38 years.
The White Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps was organized in 1928 under the sponsorship of the American Legion Daniel Goho Post #87 from Dansville, NY and later became independent in 1957. In 1994, after about 14 years of absence from the drum corps world, several former White Sabers members organized an alumni reunion, and an interest in performing was revived. In 2005, the White Sabers returned to the field as a competitive Class A drum corps. The following year, we competed and placed second in our first DCA World Championships in Rochester, NY on September 3, 2006. This was only our second attempt at competing in the preliminary competition to make it into finals. The membership dedicated their finals performance at the night show to Pete and Leslie Amico in deep appreciation of their supporting efforts in helping make this drum corps dream come true. The White Sabers are a two time back to back DCA Class A world champions. The future of the White Sabers looks bright as they continue to complete in DCA Open Class.
Founded as the Saints Drumline in 2003, the corps began as an after-school musical outlet for kids. In 2012, the drumline expanded into a drum and bugle corps using a stock of G major bugles.
The corps partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Columbus in 2014 to provide free music programs for club members in the Franklinton neighborhood. The “BOOM” performance ensemble resulted from this partnership.
The Saints completed a one-year residency at Flex High School, a charter school supported by the United Way of Central Ohio, in 2017. The residency allowed the corps to offer performance opportunities to students. Later that year, the corps applied to compete as a member of Drum Corps Associates (DCA). After an evaluation by DCA board members, the corps was approved for competition in Class A in June 2018.
The corps is sponsored by the Saints Performing Arts, Inc. Marshall Cheatham is the founder and CEO, and the LeRon Carlton is executive director of the Saints’s programs including the corps.
The corps’ mission is to inspire “excellence through teamwork, discipline, and creativity” through the “performing arts.” The corps recites the “Saint’s creed” to build morale and camaraderie prior to performances.
The Thunderbirds were formed in Meadville, Pennsylvania in 1956 as a parade corps and in 1968 joined with members of the Shoreliners Drum and Bugle corps from North East, Pennsylvania to form The Erie Thunderbirds.
In 2017, the Erie Thunderbirds took on their first show in June traveling to Scranton, PA. The corps competed in DCI All-Age for the first time as well as participation in SDCA and many other DCA events. The Thunderbirds placed 3rd in Class A Finals with a final score of 77.33. The Thunderbirds Small Brass ensemble also placed 4th at the Individual and Ensemble competition.