Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps

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Jersey Surf
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Location Mount Holly, New Jersey
Division World Class
Founded 1990
Director Bob Jacobs
Uniform Black jacket
w/white trim & silver buttons
White gauntlets
White gloves (horns)
White sash
Black pants
Black shoes & socks
White shako w/silver trim
& white plume

The Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps is a World Class (formerly Division I) competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Mount Holly, New Jersey, the Jersey Surf is a member corps of Drum Corps International (DCI).[1]

History[edit]

The Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps was started in the winter of 1990 in Camden County, New Jersey by a group of area school band directors, led by Bob Jacobs, who wanted more performance opportunities for their students than halftime shows during football season. When an organizational meeting was held at Edgewood High School, more than fifty prospective members arrived from the southern New Jersey area, as well as from Pennsylvania and Delaware. With such an auspicious beginning, the organization was chartered as Explorer Post 333 and began holding rehearsals at the Berlin Community School, moving to Berlin Park when warm weather arrived. The corps made its public debut on June 29, 1991, playing the National Anthem at the Independence Classic drum corps show at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. The corps was wearing rented high school band uniforms.[2][3]

When the Surf entered competition in 1992, it had one hundred two members. The corps was undefeated in the Garden State Circuit. They also competed in three Drum Corps East (DCE) shows, and, in its first-ever DCI show, the Jersey Surf finished fourth of seven Division II and III corps at the DCI East Regional prelims. The corps, now based at Edgewood Junior High School in Atco, New Jersey purchased the corps' first equipment truck and two blue school buses. The corps made its debut at the DCI World Championships at the Division II prelims in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1994, finishing in fifteenth place among eighteen corps. Always mindful of the bottom line financially, the corps developed slowly, but in 1995 the corps added championship-caliber staff members and bought a semi-trailer equipment truck.[2][3]

The 1996 Surf bought diesel buses, and after winter rehearsals at Fort Dix, was ready for the season and made its first Finals at DCE. Bus problems almost scuttled the tour to DCI at Orlando, but they arrived and finished seventh of thirteen Division II corps with their program "Cool Tunes from the Back of the Bus" that enhanced their growing reputation as a crowd-pleasing corps. In 1997 and '98, the corps expanded its touring and returned to DCI in Orlando, finishing in sixth both years and just missing the five corps Division II Finals. The 1998 corps was voted "Most Improved Division II Corps" by the Division II corps directors. The 199 Surf was again Garden State Circuit Champions. They toured into Canada for the first time on the way to DCI World Championships in Madison, Wisconsin. At Camp Randall Stadium, the corps got the first of three standing ovations for their warm-up tune, "On, Wisconsin!" Finishing in fifth place of the twelve corps in prelims, the Jersey Surf made their first DCI Division II Finals. The 2000 season found the Surf riding the crest of the wave. They won three contests, including the DCI Atlantic championship, on their way to a return visit to Division II Finals. At College Park, Maryland, they were fifth of fourteen corps in prelims. Their fourth place finish in Division II Finals earned them a berth in the Division I Quarterfinals, where they finished twenty-first.[2][3]

Over the next six seasons, the Jersey Surf would be a consistent finalist within Division II, but would not truly challenge for the title until 2007. In 2004, the corps moved from Berlin to Mt. Holly, although they continue to have facilities in both Berlin and New Brunswick and have camps in Sicklerville. The 2007 corps toured the West Coast, winning shows in Washington, Oregon, and California en route to DCI Championships in Pasadena. The Jersey Surf was in first place after DCI's Division II Quarterfinals, but was passed by the Spartans in Semifinals and took second place in Finals. In 2008, the Surf was undefeated until meeting the Blue Devils B in Ohio. Then, they were third in Open Class Quarterfinals in Michigan City, Indiana, a position they held through Semifinals and Finals in Bloomington.[2][3]

One of the primary concerns of the Jersey Surf staff has always been fiscal responsibility. When the DCI Board of Directors approved the new, two-division competition format beginning in 2008, only World Class corps were guaranteed being paid for their performances. In light of this, following the 2008 season, the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps elected to leave Open Class and compete in World Class. After being evaluated by the DCI Board as to the organization's competitive and fiscal stability, the corps became a DCI World Class corps in 2009.[1]

Sponsorship[edit]

The Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps is a 501 (c) (3) musical organization that has a Board of Directors, corps director, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission.[4] The Executive Director is Bob Jacobs.[5]

Show Summary (1992-2014)[edit]

Source:[6][7]

Year Theme Repertoire Score Placement
1992 Classics by Harry Connick, Jr.
and Doc Sevrenson
We Are in Love by Harry Connick, Jr. and Ramsey McLean / Stardust by Hoagie Carmichael /
The Jersey Bounce by Tiny Bradshaw, Eddie Johnson, Bobby Plater, and Buddy Feyne
1993 A League of Their Own Selections from A League of Their Own by Hans Zimmer
1994 The Music of Barbra Streisand Individual tunes not available... 74.20 15th Div. II
1995 New Age Jazz of
John Tesh and Yanni
Individual tunes not available... 83.20 8th D.v. II
1996 Surf, Wind and Fire:
Cool Tunes from
the Back of the Bus
Got To Get You Into My Life by John Lennon and Paul McCartney /
Don't You Worry Bout A Thing by Stevie Wonder /
Mr Toad's Wild Ride by Greg Adams /
It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday by Freddie Perren and Christine Yarian /
Fantasy by Maurice White, Verdine White, and Eduardo DelBarrio
84.10 7th Div. II
1997 More Cool Times Got To Get You Into My Life by John Lennon and Paul McCartney/
Through the Fire by David Foster, Tom Keane, and Cynthia Weil /
Rock That by Maurice White and David Foster / For Once in My Life by Stevie Wonder
81.30 6th Div. II
1998 Pictures of Spain -
Interpretation of
a Larry Kerchner Original
Portraits of Spain (Scenes 1, 2, and 3) by Larry Kerchner /
Spanish Fantasy by Chick Correa / A Mis Abuelos by Arturo Sandoval
89.50 6th Div. II
1999 It Ain't Necessarilly
Summertime
Summertime (from Porgy and Bess) by George Gershwin / Take Five by Paul Desmond /
Waltz of the Mushroom Hunters by Greg Hopkins / A Night in Tunisia by John Birks Gillespie /
It Ain't Necessarily So (from Porgy and Bess) by George Gershwin
88.70 5th Div. II
2000 re-in-CARMEN-ation Selections from Carmen by Georges Bizet 90.85
71.40
4th Div. II
21st
2001 Are We There Yet? -
The Music of Mays and Metheny
Are We There Yet? by Lyle Mays / Have You Heard & See the World by Pat Metheny /
Heat of the Day & The Awakening by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays /
In Her Family & The Truth Will Always Be by Pat Metheny /
First Circle by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays
89.85 6th Div. II
2002 Our Side of the Story:
Celebrating the Spirit of Youth
Prologue, Cool, I Feel Pretty & America (from West Side Story) by Leonard Bernstein 87.75 9th Div. II
2003 Down the Shore
with The Jersey Surf
Theme from A Summer Place by Max Steiner / Wipeout On The Waterfront / Set Free On the Boardwalk 89.90 5th Div. II
2004 Lounging Around
with the Fabulous Jersey Surf
Individual tunes not available... 85.875 8th Div. II
2005 The Jersey Surf Enjoys
an Evening at the Pops
Symphony #5 in C Minor by Ludwig von Beethoven / William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini /
Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach / Poet and Peasant Overture by Franz von Suppe /
Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini / 2nd Hungarian Rhapsody by Franz Lizst /
1812 Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky / Stars and Stripes Forever by John Phillip Sousa
89.75 7th Div. II
2006 The Jersey Surf
Visits the Moulin Rouge
Selections from Moulin Rouge by Will Jennings and Joe Sample 86.175 7th Div. II
2007 Snapshots From
An American Journey
California Dreamin' by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips / Theme from Shaft by Isaac Hayes /
A River Runs Through It & Four Count Rhythm by Mark Isham /
Unsquare Dance by Dave Brubeck / LA Confidential by Jerry Goldsmith
95.70 2nd Div. II
2008 The Jersey Surf: So Far How Far We've Come by Rob Thomas, Paul Doucette, Kyle Cook, and Brian Yale /
In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel / One Day I'll Fly Away (from Moulin Rouge!) by Joe Sample and Will Jennings /
Thnks fr th Mmrs by Patrick Stump and Pete Wentz
96.05 3rd Div. II
2009 Mozart Effect Overture from The Marriage of Figaro / Inspirations from Symphony #40 in G Minor /
The Lacrimosa from Requiem / Magic Flute, Act II: Pa-Pa-Pa-Papageno & Der Holle knocht in meinem Herze /
Symphony #50 in G Minor / Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
All by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
78.55 20th
2010 Living the Dream Organ Variations on America by Charles Ives / America the Beautiful by Samuel A. Ward /
Festival Variations On A National Air by Dudley Buck
75.70 21st
2011 Petal Tones:
Shades of Rose
The Flower Song from Carmen by Georges Bizet / Bad Romance by Nadir Khayat and Stefani Germanotta /
Habanera from Carmen by Georses Bizet/ Libertango by Astor Piazolla / Kiss from a Rose by Seal /
Tango de Roxanne (from Moulin Rouge!) by Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (Sting) and Mariano Mores,
adapted by Craig Armstrong /
Toreador Song from Carmen by Georges Bizet
71.35 25th
2012 Bridgemania! In the Stone by Maurice White, Allee Willis, and David Foster /
Land of Make Believe by Chuck Mangione / Tell William (William Tell Overture) by Gioachino Rossini /
Pure Imagination by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley /
Party Rock Anthem by Stefan Gordy, Skyler Gordy, Jamahl Listenbee, and Peter Schroeder
75.45 20th
2013 Soul Surfin' -
Bring on the Funk
Soul Intro by Jaco Pastorius /
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher by Gary Jackson, Raynard Miner, and Carl Smith /
Faces by Philip Bailey, Larry Dunn, Maurice White, and Verdine White /
Always and Forever by Rod Temperton / Let's Groove by Maurice White and Wayne Vaughan /
That's the Way (I Like It) by H. W. (KC) Casey and Richard Finch /
Proud Mary by John Fogerty / Apache by Jerry Lordan / Play that Funky Music by Robert Parissi /
I Want You Back by Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Alphonzo Mizell, and Deke Richards /
Respect by Otis Redding
75.40 22nd
2014 Pay It Forward A Fantasia on Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland /
I Think It's Going to Rain Today by Randy Newman / Lean on Me by Bill Withers
TBD TBD

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