7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps
|Location||New London, CT|
|Uniform||(2014) Blue jacket
w/black on white stripe
& silver buttons
Blue epaulettes w/white trim
Blue gauntlets w/black on white trim
Black shako w/silver trim & chain,
corps logo badge & blue plume
The 7th Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps is an Open Class (formerly Divisions II & III) competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in New London, Connecticut, the 7th Regiment performs in Drum Corps International (DCI) competitions.
The 7th Regiment was founded in 2003 largely through the efforts of members of the Surfers Alumni Association of the defunct New London Surfers Drum and Bugle Corps. The corps was named in commemoration of the 7th Regiment, one of the last units to leave for the American Civil War from Fort Trumbull in the corps' home town of New London, CT.
7th Regiment made its debut at DCI Division II/III World Championships at Brockton, MA in 2005, finishing 17th of 20 Division III corps.
The corps traveled to DCI in Madison, WI in 2006, where they placed 15th of 17 Div.III corps.
The corps stayed close to home in 2007, passing on attending DCI championships.
In 2008, the corps attended DCI Open Class Championships in Michigan City, IN, advancing to semifinals and placing 17th of 23 corps.
7th Regiment rose to new highs in 2009, placing 12th of 19 Open Class corps at Michigan City, advancing to semifinals in Indianapolis, and finishing in 11th place in the Open Class Finals.
2010 saw further improvement, with the corps winning its first shows, defeating five other Open Class corps at Groton, CT and Warrenton, VA The 7th finished 7th of 16 corps in Open Class quarterfinals at Michigan City, then placed 8th in semifinals and 7th in finals at Indianapolis.
With preliminaries rained out, 7th Regiment advanced directly to 2011's Open Class finals in Michigan City, repeating the previous year's 7th-place finish. The corps then advanced to World Class prelims in Indianapolis, finishing 31st of 41 corps.
2012 saw the corps win three shows before moving up to 5th place in Open Class at Michigan City and then finishing 28th of 35 corps in World Class prelims in Indianapolis.
In 2013, 7th Regiment won two early season show, placed 7th of 14 Open Class corps in Michigan City, and finished 30th of 36 corps in World Class prelims.
For 2014, the 7th marched its largest corps ever, with 96 members, The corps' tour took them to performances in ten northeastern and midwestern states They placed 5th in Open Class and advanced to the World Class semifinals, earning 25th place and full membership in DCI.
The 7th Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) musical organization. As such, it has a Board of Directors, director, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. The corps director is Kevin Lowery. Stephen Klepner and Jim O’Neil are assistant directors.
Show Summary (2004-2017)
|2004||Beethoven's Last Night||Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Beethoven's Last Night
by Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Paul O'Neill, Robert Kinkel, and Jon Oliva
|2005||The Wind In The Rigging||Songs of Sailor and Sea (Racing the Yankee Clipper) by Robert W. Smith /
Since First We Set Sail by James L. Hosay / The Sea Treaders by W. Francis McBeth
|63.725||17th Div. III|
|2006||Drive Time||Ride Like the Wind by Christopher Cross / Farandole by Georges Bizet /
South Beach Mambo by Russ Freeman / Home by Michael Bublé, Alan Chang, and Amy Foster-Gillies /
Home Sweet Home by Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, and Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe)
|55.325||15th Div, III|
|2007||VIVA!||Music by Alberto Ginastera / Music by Clifton Williams / Music by Armando Anthony "Chick" Corea|
|2008||Mexican Landscapes||Music by Alberto Ginastera / Music by Aaron Copland / Music by H. Owen Reed||78.375||17th Open Class|
|2009||Excalibur||Liturgical Dances by David Holsinger / Of Kingsdoms and Glory (Mvt II & V) by Anthony di Lorenzo /
Dance Movements (Movement 1) by Philip Sparke / ...and the mountains rising nowhere by Joseph Schwantner /
Lavos Battle by Nobuo Uematsu, Yasunori Mitsuda, and Noriko Matsueda
|81.350||11th Open Class|
|2010||Macabre||Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns / Long, Long Time Ago (from Pan's Labyrinth) by Javier Navarrete /
String quartet in F major by Maurice Ravel / Serenada Schizophrana, mvt. 1, Pianos by Danny Elfman
|86.900||7th Open Class|
|2011||UnSquare||Everything in Its Right Place by Thom Yorke /
15 Step by Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, and Phil Selway (Radiohead) /
Take Five by Paul Desmond /
Creep by Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, and Phil Selway
(and Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood) /
Paranoid Android by Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, and Phil Selway /
Unsquare Dance by Dave Brubeck /
Creep (reprise) by Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, and Phil Selway
(and Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood)
|7th Open Class
31st World Class
|2012||24601-7R||Symphony #7, mvt. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven / Enterprising Young Men (from Star Trek) by Michael Giacchino /
Ára Bátur by Jónsi, Georg Hólm, Orri Páll Dýrason, and Kjartan Sveinsson (Sigur Rós) /
Fire (from Elements) bu Brian Balmages / Finale from Symphony #2 by Jean Sibelius
|5th Open Class
28th World Class
|2013||Luminous||New Moon in the Old Moon's Arms by Michael Kamen / Instinctive Travels by Michael Markowski /
Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams / Shadow Rituals by Michael Markowski
|7th Open Class
30th World Class
|Russia Under the Mongolian Yoke, Song About Alexander Nevsky, The Crusaders in Pskov,
Arise Men of Russia, The Battle on Ice, The Field of the Dead & Alexander's Entry into Pskov
All from Alexander Nevsky by Sergei Prokofiev
|5th Open Class
25th World Class
|2015||The Labyrinth||Rue's Whistle Song & Rue's Farewell (from The Hunger Games) by James Newton Howard /
Long, Long Time Ago (from Pan's Labyrinth) by Javier Navarrete / The Power Plant (from The Matrix) by Don Davis /
Burly Brawl (from The Matrix Reloaded) by Ben Watkins (as Juno Reactor) vs. Don Davis / Battle Music by David Holsinger
|6th Open Class
26th World Class
|2016||Waveforms||Wave by Beck Hansen / Chronometry by Fred Sturm /
Ecstatic Waters by Steven Bryant / Isometric by Hugo Pierre Leclercq (Madeon) / Original music
|7th Open Class
28th World Class
|2017||As the Sun
Loved the Moon
|Incantation and Dance by John Barnes Chance /
Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven / Make You Feel My Love by Bob Dylan /
Incantation (from Quidam) by Benoit Jutras / Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler
The corps members have a long tradition of enthusiastically yelling "SEVEN" whenever the number seven is mentioned by staff in rehearsal.
Corps Song: Chester. Originally performed by the corps as Chester March, lyrics (known only by corps members) were added in the late 2000's. The song was arranged as Chester Chorale by Staff Brass Arranger Jack Tully in 2017.
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