Gold Drum and Bugle Corps

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Gold Drum and Bugle Corps
Gold Drum & Bugle Corps logo.jpg
Gold Drum & Bugle Corps logo
Location Oceanside, California
Division Open Class
Founded 2005
Director Donald Flaherty
Uniform Black "armor" tunic w/red trim
Black pants
Black shoes
Black shako w/gold chain & badge
& black plume

The Gold Drum and Bugle Corps is an Open Class (formerly Divisions II & III) competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Oceanside, California, Gold performs in Drum Corps International (DCI) competitions.[1]



The Hawthorne Gold Drum and Bugle Corps was founded in 2005 in Hawthorne, California by Donald Flaherty, who remains as the corps' executive director.

For its first five seasons, the corps competed only within the state of California. In 2010, the corps relocated to Oceanside, in order to be accessible to more of the youth of Southern California and changed its name to the Gold Drum and Bugle Corps.

The corps first ventured out of California in 2011, traveling to Salt Lake City for one performance, then on to Loveland and Denver, Colorado for DCI's Drums Along the Rockies regional competitions.

Gold had first attended the DCI World Championships in 2007, when DCI traveled west to Pasadena, and had placed 9th of 15 corps in Division III. In 2012 and again in 2013, Gold traveled to the Midwest, to attend the DCI World Championships in Michigan City and Indianapolis,, Indiana and is scheduled to make the trip once more in 2014.

In 2013, Gold was joined by students from the Laizhou Martial Arts Institute of Laizhou, China as performers in the corps' show, "East Meets West." The school had been featured performers in the 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Gold is noted for the gold finish on the horn line's instruments as opposed to drum corps' usual silver or chrome.


The Gold Drum and Bugle Corps is sponsored by Gold Youth Arts Organization, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) musical organization that has a Board of Directors, corps director, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. The Executive Director is Donald Flaherty, Ed.D.[2]

Show Summary(2006–2014)[edit]


Year Theme Repertoire Score Result
2006 The Black Widow The Black Widow (Original music by corps staff)
2007 Spanish Gold Spanish Gold (Original music by corps staff) 74.175 9th Div.III
2008 Repertoire unavailable
2009 Entomology Entomology by Travis Larson
2010 Primary Colors Yellow, Blue & Red by Travis Larson
2011 Reel to Real Selections from movie soundtracks
Repertoire unavailable
2012 Different Dunkle und Rau, Different & Celebration! by Scott Director 84.300
7th Open Cl.
26th World Cl.
2013 East Meets West Pingpang, Mínyáo & Zuìzhong by Scott Director 86.750
6th Open Cl.
26th World Cl.
2014 The Journey The Journey by Scott Director 74.125
6th Open Class
28th World Class

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