Drum Corps Associates

Drum Corps Associates
Drum Corps Associates
Drum Corps Assocaites logo.
Activity Drum and Bugle Corps
Founded 1965
No. of corps 31
Country  United States
 Canada
Current champions Open Class: Minnesota Brass
Class A: Govenaires
Official website DCACORPS.org

Drum Corps Associates (DCA) is the governing body for modern senior or all-age drum and bugle corps in North America. It is the counterpart of Drum Corps International (DCI) which governs junior drum corps. DCA was formed in 1965 as the first heir to the modern drum corps activity, breaking from the classic style, and has crowned 49 Open Class World Champions (two ties) and 16 Class A World Champions (one tie) in 47 years of Open Class and 15 years of Class A competitions.

For many years, the corps in DCA were concentrated in the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada, with the occasional corps from further away (for example, Minnesota Brass).

However, starting in the late 1990s, more all-age corps started up in areas traditionally not known for all-age corps; for example, in the South (examples: Atlanta CorpsVets, Music City Legend, and Carolina Gold) and the state of California (examples: Renegades and SoCal Dream).

In part this can be attributed to the sudden availability of G bugles from DCI corps that switched over from G to B flat instrumentation starting in 2000. DCA adopted any-key brass shortly thereafter. Given that buying an inventory of G bugles prior to the any-key rule would always be very expensive, the adoption of any-key brass greatly aided the almost explosive increase in the number of all-age corps hitting the field.

The "all-age" moniker has taken on additional weight in DCA in recent years. The expense of DCI membership (travel, camp fees, tour fees, tuition, and membership fees) has made membership prohibitive for some performers who are eligible to participate. An additional attraction for DCA performers is that most DCA performances are within a few hours travel from home. DCA corps typically rehearse and perform on the weekends. Likewise, family members can attend most performances, and there is time during the week to meet work and family obligations.

DCA Corps

Corps Location Website Status as of 2011
Alliance Alpharetta, Georgia alliancedrumcorps.org Open Class
Atlanta CorpsVets Atlanta, Georgia corpsvets.org Open Class
Brigadiers Syracuse, New York brigadiers.com Inactive
Buccaneers Reading, Pennsylvania readingbuccaneers.org Open Class
Bushwackers Harrison, New Jersey bushwackers.org Open Class
Caballeros Hawthorne, New Jersey cabs.org Open Class
Carolina Gold Greensboro, North Carolina carolinagold.org Class A
Chops, Inc. Minneapolis, Minnesota chopsinc.com Inactive
Cincinnati Tradition Cincinnati, Ohio cincinnatitradition.org Class A
Crusaders 2 Rochester, New York rochestercrusaders.org Inactive
Empire Statesmen Rochester, New York statesmen.org Open Class
Excelsior Troy, New York excelsiordrumcorps.org Class A
Frontier 1 Denton, Texas frontiercorps.org Inactive
Fusion Core 1 Morris County, New Jersey fusioncorenj.homestead.com Class A
Govenaires 1 St. Peter, Minnesota govenaires.org Class A
Grenadiers Kingston, Ontario kingstongrenadiers.com Inactive
Gulf Coast Sound 2 Houston, Texas gulfcoastsound.org Inactive
High Country Brass Golden, Colorado highcountrybrass.org Class A
Hurricanes Seymour, Connecticut cthurricanes.org Open Class
Kidsgrove Scouts 3 Kidsgrove, England kidsgrovescouts.com Active, did not attend DCA
Kilties 1 Racine, Wisconsin kilties.com Open Class
Lakeshoremen Troy, Michigan lakeshoremen.org Inactive
Minnesota Brass Saint Paul, Minnesota mnbrass.org Open Class
Music City Legend 2 Nashville, Tennessee musiccitylegend.org Inactive
New York Skyliners New York, New York nyskyliners.org Inactive
Renegades San Francisco, California renegades.org Open Class
Shenandoah Sound 2 Manassas Park, Virginia shenandoahsound.org Class A
SoCal Dream 1 Lake Forest, California socaldream.org Active, did not attend DCA
Sun Devils North Port, Florida sundevilscorps.org Inactive
Sunrisers Long Island, New York sunrisers.com Class A
Tampa Bay Thunder Tampa, Florida tampabaythunder.org Open Class
Vigilantes Richardson, Texas vigilantescorps.org Inactive
White Sabers 2 Dansville, New York whitesabers.org Class A
Windsor Regiment West Windsor, New Jersey windsor-regiment.org Class A


1 Associate member of DCA
2 Affiliate of DCA
3 Touring from the UK for the 2010 season.

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