What is Drum & Bugle Corps?
• A drum & bugle corps, colloquially known as a drum corps, is similar to a marching band, consisting of brass, percussion & electronics, and color guard. Drum corps operate as independent non-profit organizations, and perform in competitions, parades, festivals, and other civic functions. Drum Corps International (DCI ) is the governing body for junior drum & bugle corps, and organizes competitive shows each summer.
• More than 8,000 students from across the country between the ages of 13 and 22 audition annually for an opportunity to travel the country and perform for sold-out crowds in NFL stadiums.
• Each year, drum corps produce a new competitive show, between 8–12 minutes, and refine it throughout the Spring & Summer. Shows are judged in a variety of musical and visual categories.
Who We Are & History
• Eruption Drum and Bugle Corps was founded by Ryan & Sarah McLain on November 19, 2012 as a percussion ensemble called Eruption Percussion. Initially, they focused on building a drumline and front ensemble with the intent on becoming an Open Class drum corps. In November 2013, they began recruiting to add brass and colorguard and moved rehearsals from the Kitsap Peninsula to Bonney Lake, Washington.
• Initially registering as a SoundSport® unit , the leadership later applied to DCI for certification as an open class drum & bugle corps. After undergoing a period of evaluation of the unit’s finances, staffing, and tour plans by DCI’s staff, Eruption was approved in May 2014 as one of seven new or returning corps to enter DCI Open Class competition in 2014. In keeping with its “…low-cost, shorter tour option…” concept, Eruption marched only a short 2014 season of parades and three close-to-home contests in Oregon and Washington.
• In 2015, the corps continued to grow the activity in Western Washington by fielding a more competitive corps that competed and performed throughout Washington and Oregon. The corps was led by Ryan & Sarah McLain, and Chris Drewry, finishing their season in Pasco, Washington among the top 12 Open Class drum corps at the time of their final performances.
• In its quest to remain a viable organization, the corps went inactive for the 2016 season in order to concentrate on building a more solid financial base and support structure for the years to come.
General FAQ Parent Information
• When your child decides to be part of a drum & bugle corps, they are making a bold choice and deep commitment that requires strength and focus. This activity brings on new levels of responsibility, self-discipline, and knowledge, and your child will gain values that will help them succeed in life. Every student has personal reasons for wanting to be part of a corps, and your child is no different. Many do it to become better performers, and many find it’s a great way to meet new people with similar interests. Students often view membership in a drum corps as a key rung in their climb to be professional performers or arts educators. For many students, it is a way to challenge themselves to become the best they can be.
• Being a part of a drum corps means being a part of something bigger than yourself, and learning how to work as a team. On the surface, this activity is guaranteed to make your student a better performer & musician. Along the way, however, your student will learn valuable lessons that will last a lifetime, and learn what can be accomplished through hard work and truly dedicating oneself to an experience.
• No matter the dream, being part of Eruption Drum & Bugle Corps can help achieve that goal, while at the same time providing one of the most intense and rewarding performing arts education experiences available in the world. It’s an experience that helps build the performance, education and personal foundation of a lifetime.
Eruption Drum and Bugle Corps is a 501(c)3 non- profit youth performance organization based in Gig Harbor, Washington State.
Our mission is to provide quality education and a positive environment for students to showcase their skills and talents. Eruption is a DCI Open Class drum corps that participates in the Pacific Northwest circuit competitions.