Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (2005)

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For the corps of the same name that existed 1963-96, see Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps.
Velvet Knights
Drum and Bugle Corps
Location Pasadena, California
Division Open Class
Founded 2005
Director Mayra Iraheta
Uniform (2011) White or cream
baseball uniform
w/large red VK & red belt
Baseball cap w/ red VK
Red sneakers w/black socks

Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (2005) is an inactive Open Class (formerly Divisions I & II) competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Pasadena, California, the corps competes in Drum Corps International (DCI) sanctioned shows[1]


The original Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from Anaheim, California was active from 1963 to 1996, was an eight-time DCI finalist, and was wildly popular as the "Clown Princes of Drum Corps." On October 16, 2005, VK Youth Arts Organization was formed in Pasadena, California by alumni and friends of the original corps with the intent to bring back the name and spirit of that much beloved corps. On May 16, 2007, DCI announced the approval of the new Velvet Knights Drum & Bugle Corps to march in that summer's Division II/III competition.[2]

At the 2007 DCI World Championships at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the Velvet Knights placed seventh of fifteen Division III corps. Traveling to Michigan City, Bloomington, and Indianapolis, Indiana for the DCI Open Class Championships in 2008-2010, the corps finished sixteen of twenty-three corps in 2008, ninth of nineteen corps and in Finals in 2009, and twelfth of sixteen corps and again in Finals in 2010. The corps restricted its travel to the West Coast in 2011 and 2012, and plans to return to the DCI Open Class Championships in 2013 did not come to fruition, and the corps was inactive. No announcement has been made concerning the corps' future.[3]


The Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps is sponsored by the VK Youth Arts Organization, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that has a Board of Directors, corps directors, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. Troy Emmons is President of the Board, and Mayra Iraheta is corps director.[4]

Show Summary (2007-2012)[5][6][edit]

Year Theme Repertoire Score Placement
2007 X (Ten) Blister in the Sun / Magical Mystery Tour / Mirror in the Bathroom / Add It Up / Hide and Seek / More Cowbell / Burly Brawl (from the Matrix) 75.325 7th
Div. III
2008 The Inferno Toccata and Fugue in D minor Amazon / Highway to Hell / Thriller / Strangers in the Night / La Habenera (from Carmen) / Dies Irae / Symphonie Fantastique /
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
81.575 16th
2009 Cirque d' VK Thunder & Blazes / Toy Story Jam / Mahoney’s Debut / Temper Tantrum 2 / Flight of the Magorium / Carnival Capers / Hungarian Rhapsody 83.65 9th
2010 Magical Mystery Tour Magical Mystery Tour / The Dance (from Romancing the Stone) / They Kiss (End Titles from Romancing the Stone) / Jai Ho "Victory to You" (from Slumdog Millionaire) / La Vie En Rose /
Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld
76.15 12th
2011 Play Ball The Final Game (from “A League of Their Own”) / The Final Game (from “The Natural”) / Original Music / Take Me Out to the Ballgame / Training Playoffs (from "A League of Their Own") --- ---
2012 Moving Forward Short Ride on a Fast Machine by John Adams / Road to Chicago by Thomas Newman / 1000 Airplanes on the Roof by Phillip Glass --- ---


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