What is Drum & Bugle Corps
A modern drum and bugle corps, is a musical marching ensemble consisting of brass instruments, percussion instruments, mallets, and color guard. Typically operating as independent non-profit organizations, drum corps perform in competitions, parades, festivals, and other civic functions.
What are the benefits to the performers?
Drum corps is an activity which attempts to do much more than provide a performance opportunity for students or entertainment for the audience. Through the drum corps experience, students will learn useful life skills such as leadership, goal-setting, focus and teamwork, among others. EXCELSIOR'S curriculum includes opportunities for students to exercise their potential not only as musicians & leaders .... but as complete human beings.
Can I Get Involved ?
We invite parents to come on the road with us for a couple of shows or parades during the summer! We couldn't do what we do without an amazing team of volunteers, and we would love for you to get involved.
What kind of costs can I expect ?
Drum Corps is a weekend only 10 month activity for members 14 years to adult.
Personal Costs may include shoes, undergarments for the protection of the uniform, small water cooler to keep hydrated , practice bag for comfort through out the course of the rehearsals. The Tuition ( Annual Dues) includes Instruction, uniform, equipment (instruments or guard flags, poles,rifles), coach bus transportation to at least 6 out of state shows plus Championships, food- all meals through out the course of the weekend , World Championships hotel and food package for a 4 day stay in the City of DCA ( Drum Corps Associates) Choice for Championships. The 2018 cost for all of this is $ 850.00 and can be paid in a host of ways to include Fundraisers , scholarships , monthly installments , or what ever way you need to work it out but to be paid in full by the last show of the REGULAR SEASON which would be 1 week before Championships. Roughly August 26th.
In Case of Emergency
Most of our X- MEMS have cell phones, and the best times to contact them are during lunch and or after shows, although they may also find time throughout the day to return calls/messages. If there is an URGENT need to contact an X-MEM who is not responding to personal communications, parents may call our administrative staff, but please use this contact information ONLY in case of an emergency:
Operations MGR MJ Corrado : 518.522.3752
Anytime: Call The Director - Donel Mataruga 518.708.1107