The Drum Corps Heritage Society

The Drum Corps Heritage Society Originally founded as the Drum Corps Heritage Project (DCHP), now the Drum Corps Heritage Society (DCHS) is the most comprehensive thematic repository of materials related to the history of the North American drum and bugle corps.
Founded as The Drum Corps Heritage Project (DCHP), the newly incorporated Drum Corps Heritage Society is the most comprehensive thematic repository of materials related to the history of the North American drum and bugle corps. The mission of the DCHS is to collect, preserve and provide access to these resources for scholars, educators, students, journalists, and the general public in an effort to broaden the awareness and understanding of the drum and bugle corps, its historical roots and evolution, and its impact in the larger history and cultural fabric of North American music. The DCHS is committed to creating a facility for the permanent storage, archive and display of all historical records, physical artifacts and ephemera related to the history of the North American drum and bugle corps. To do so, we seek to build a non-circulating, special-collections library and archives of all primary- and secondary-source print materials, as well as a stationary museum with traveling multimedia gallery for exhibiting our collections of three-dimensional objects to the public. Beyond public exhibitions, we strive to broaden our educational mission through in-house scholastic programs, participation in academic and professional conferences, and interdisciplinary research, specifically The Oral History Project in which we plan to conduct “Alan Lomax-style” research centering on personal interviews, conversations and the documentation (in audio and video formats) of collective memory and oral history of past and present drum and bugle corps participants.
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The DCHS is committed to building a facility for the permanent storage, archive and display of all historical records, physical artifacts and ephemera related to the history of the North American drum and bugle corps. To do so, we seek to build a non-circulating, special-collections library and archives of all primary- and secondary-source print materials, as well as a stationary museum with traveling multimedia gallery for exhibiting our collections of three-dimensional objects to the public. Beyond public exhibitions, we strive to broaden our educational mission through in-house scholastic programs, participation in academic and professional conferences, and interdisciplinary research, specifically The Oral History Project in which we plan to conduct “Alan Lomax-style” research centering on personal interviews, conversations and the documentation (in audio and video formats) of collective memory and oral history of past and present drum and bugle corps participants.

Mission: The mission of the DCHS is to collect, preserve and provide access to these resources for scholars, educators, students, journalists, and the general public in an effort to broaden the awareness and understanding of the drum and bugle corps, its historical roots and evolution, and its impact in the larger history and cultural fabric of North American music.

The 1977 Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps performing at the DCI Prelims.
05/23/2020

The 1977 Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps performing at the DCI Prelims.

05/23/2020

Our hearts go out to the Blue Devils community, as they have lost a seminal figure in their history. Today, drum major Dave Dugan passed away. The deepest condolences to the Blue Devil family.

I spent some time this evening listening to Scott Stewart discuss identity issues from 1992. When I wrote my dissertatio...
05/23/2020

I spent some time this evening listening to Scott Stewart discuss identity issues from 1992. When I wrote my dissertation between 2008-09, it was obvious those identity issues were still around. I guess they may never be solved.

The 1977 Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps performing at the DCI Prelims.
05/18/2020

The 1977 Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps performing at the DCI Prelims.

The Boys of 76 Drum and Bugle Corps (Racine, WI) performing at the 1971 DCA Championships.
05/11/2020

The Boys of 76 Drum and Bugle Corps (Racine, WI) performing at the 1971 DCA Championships.

The 1977 Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps performing at the DCI Prelims.
05/05/2020

The 1977 Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps performing at the DCI Prelims.

The 1977 Catholic Daughters of America Drum and Bugle Corps.
05/02/2020

The 1977 Catholic Daughters of America Drum and Bugle Corps.

05/02/2020

1980 Drum Corps Vignette

Retreat from a 1972 Contest in Altoona, PA. Photo by Robert Hitchens.The corps, from left to right. . . Reading Bucs (fa...
04/30/2020

Retreat from a 1972 Contest in Altoona, PA. Photo by Robert Hitchens.

The corps, from left to right. . . Reading Bucs (far left), New York Skyliners, Les Diplomates, the Mounties (high school band), the Baltimore Yankee-Rebels, the New York Sunrisers. And, the Cambria Cadets parading up front.

04/30/2020
1965 Chicago Royal Airs

1965 Chicago Royal Airs (VFW Nationals). I am trying something new. I am trying to figure out a way to display all of my recordings that are on cassette tapes. Let’s see if this works.

The 1972 Finleyville Royal Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps at a Penn Hills Contest.
04/29/2020

The 1972 Finleyville Royal Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps at a Penn Hills Contest.

04/29/2020

A 1979 Drum Corps Vignette.

The Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps [date unknown]. Photo from the scrapbook of Dave Shaw.
04/28/2020

The Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps [date unknown]. Photo from the scrapbook of Dave Shaw.

04/28/2020

Do you have a collection of material related to the rich history of the North American drum and bugle corps?

To date, the DCHS has procured over 70+ Private Historical Collections from across the United States and Canada.

In all, our collection includes a wide variety of material types: Print materials (books, magazines, newspapers, sheet music and scrapbooks); Photographs (analog negatives, slides and prints); Audio recordings (vinyl LP, cassette, CD); Video recordings (8mm reels, VHS, DVD, BluRay); Textiles (hats, shakos, shirts, jackets, uniforms, flags, and banners); Other 3D objects (buttons, pins, jewelry, dolls, toys, plaques, trophies); and Musical instruments (drums and bugles).

1972 Pittsburgh Rockets Drum and Bugle Corps. Photo by Robert Hitchens.
04/27/2020

1972 Pittsburgh Rockets Drum and Bugle Corps. Photo by Robert Hitchens.

The 1988 Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. Photo from the Steel City Ambassadors Collection. NOTE: the advertisement ...
04/20/2020

The 1988 Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. Photo from the Steel City Ambassadors Collection. NOTE: the advertisement for the 1989 Championships originally scheduled for Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The 1977 Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps performing at the DCI Prelims. Photo by Robert Hitchens.
04/17/2020

The 1977 Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps performing at the DCI Prelims. Photo by Robert Hitchens.

The 1977 Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps performing at the DCI prelims. Photo by Robert Hitchens.
04/15/2020

The 1977 Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps performing at the DCI prelims. Photo by Robert Hitchens.

The 1965 Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. Photo by Ronald Da Silva
04/14/2020

The 1965 Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. Photo by Ronald Da Silva

The Troopers on-the-line at the 1966 Dream. Photo by Ronald Da Silva.
04/13/2020

The Troopers on-the-line at the 1966 Dream. Photo by Ronald Da Silva.

1968 Garfield Cadets pass in review at a Golden Knights contest. Photo by  Ronald Da Silva.
04/10/2020

1968 Garfield Cadets pass in review at a Golden Knights contest. Photo by Ronald Da Silva.

Happy "Trooper Tuesday" with the 1964 Casper Trooper Drum and Bugle Corps. Photo by Ronald Da Silva
04/07/2020

Happy "Trooper Tuesday" with the 1964 Casper Trooper Drum and Bugle Corps. Photo by Ronald Da Silva

Happy "Muskateer Monday" with the 1964 Vasella Muskateers Drum and Bugle Corps. Photo by Ronald Da Silva
04/06/2020

Happy "Muskateer Monday" with the 1964 Vasella Muskateers Drum and Bugle Corps. Photo by Ronald Da Silva

Happy "Sunriser Sunday" featuring the 1964 Sunrisers Drum and Bugle Corps. Photo by Ronald Da Silva
04/05/2020

Happy "Sunriser Sunday" featuring the 1964 Sunrisers Drum and Bugle Corps. Photo by Ronald Da Silva

Happy "Flag & Rifle" Friday with the 1973 CMCC Warriors Drum and Bugle Corps. Photo by Ronald Da Silva
04/03/2020

Happy "Flag & Rifle" Friday with the 1973 CMCC Warriors Drum and Bugle Corps. Photo by Ronald Da Silva

Happy "Tympani Tuesday" with the 1974 Saints Drum and Bugle Corps. Photo by Ronald Da Silva
03/31/2020

Happy "Tympani Tuesday" with the 1974 Saints Drum and Bugle Corps. Photo by Ronald Da Silva

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Here are 44 VCR tapes of corps from 1975 to the late '90s. They are free to anyone who wants them and can pay the shipping costs. Or they could be picked up in the Philadelphia area.
Chisholm (MN) Legion Drum Corps from the 20's
A neat CD of the Boston Crusaders + over 400 other drum corps CD's and over 10, 000 corps recordings. We have Drum Corps Music & DVD's from the 1940's until today. If we don't have what you want listed , we may have it in out archives, , just ask us, and we will go get it. If we don't have what you want listed , we may have it in out archives, , just ask us, and we will go get it. Click to take a look........ CLICK on PIC >>>>
A neat CD + over 400 other drum corps CD's and over 10, 000 corps recordings. We have Drum Corps Music & DVD's from the 1940's until today. If we don't have what you want listed , we may have it in out archives, just ask us, and we will go get it. Click to take a look........ CLICK on PIC >>>
A neat CD + over 400 other drum corps CD's and over 10, 000 corps recordings. We have Drum Corps Music & DVD's from the 1940's until today. If we don't have what you want listed , we may have it in out archives, just ask us, and we will go get it. Click to take a look........ CLICK on PIC >>>
Polish Falcon Cadets 1975
Over 400 Drum Corps CD's make wonderful Chrismas presents with great Drum Corps memories from our past 1940's to Present . If we dont have something listed and you want it, just ask. To find your drum corps CD just CLICK on the CD cover to take a look CLICK >>>
Please help us re-activate Heritage Drum and Bugle Corps. We are only going to play real g bugles. Please send us donations of two and three valve g bugles. Thank you. https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATLCORPS/
1984 Pride of Cincinnati
I'm please to announce the drum corps marching arts now have their own documentary (for educational purposes only - not for sale, or performance for profit):
Its my pleasure to announce the first marching arts documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7xQGPsIFNc - S. Evan Rice
I'm pleased to announce here that the marching arts now have their first full-length documentary at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7xQGPsIFNc REVIEWS: "VERY interesting and beautifully done." " ... you did a fantastic job on this. Going to share this in a few groups." "The dci section really caught my interest. Good work on the whole project." “Your well researched and documented foundation, analysis, and conclusions are faultless.” “Everything stated was true. it was historically accurate. I thought it was thoughtful and touching.” ON DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS (from 1:28:10) “A scathing indictment of DCI's ruination of drum and bugle corps.” “WOW! Have never seen this before. What an amazing fill of history for Drum Corps Lovers.” “Anyone who is a fan of drum corps should watch this video. DCI Band acolytes who aren't and never were fans of real drum corps could benefit too. Many will not be happy with the information presented, but for those who attempt to think outside the constraints of DCI-sanctioned opinions, there is the possibility that they might learn something.” “I teared up a few times. Seeing my own corps among the list of the dead was also touching.” “This is a Very Good Video for REAL Drum & Bugle Corps across the USA.” Give it 2.5 hours and it will give you 10,000 years of the marching arts. - E.R.