Blue Saints Drum and Bugle Corps

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The Blue Saints Drum and Bugle Corps
NEW Blue Saints Drum & Bugle Corps logo.jpg
Blue Saints Drum & Bugle Corps logo
LocationGreater Sudbury, Ontario
DivisionOpen Class
DirectorMark Ripley
UniformJacket w/white front,
blue false sash & back,
black collar and epaulets,
Black gauntlets w/silver buttons
Black pants
Black shoes
Black shako w/silver chains & badge & black plume

The Blue Saints Drum and Bugle Corps is an Open Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, the Blue Saints perform in Drum Corps International (DCI) competitions.[1]



Legend has it that Maurice Gravelle, a music teacher at the Sudbury Mining and Technical School (now known as Sudbury Secondary School) was so dismayed and/or disgusted by the noises the students made with drums, horns, and whatever other noisemakers came to hand in support of the school's football team that he decided to start a school band, originally known as the Sudbury Mining and Technical School Trumpet Band.

Gravelle's associate and successor, George Netzke, not only continued what had been begun in 1952, but in 1954, he added the military discipline he had learned as a member of the Canadian Militia, converting the band into a drum and bugle corps. In 1958, the name of the unit was changed to the Blue Saints, in complement to the school's football team, the Blue Devils.

For many years, the Blue Saints performed and competed exclusively within Canada, as a Class B, Class C, or Cadet Class corps.

In 1990, the corps crossed the border into the U.S. to compete for their first time at the DCI Class A60 Prelims, held that year in Buffalo, New York. Blue Saints finished 23rd of 23 corps.[3] The corps would return to DCI at the 1992 Division III Prelims in Whitewater, Wisconsin, placing 28th of 29 corps.[3] In 1995, Blue Saints finished 36th of 41 corps at DCI's Division III prelims in Buffalo.[3]

Blue Saints thereafter competed strictly Canada until 2002, when the corps made a commitment to perform on the DCI tour and at the DCI World Championships.

Since 2010, Blue Saints have been the only active competitive junior drum and bugle corps in Ontario.

On July 5, 2014, the Blue Saints marched in the parade for the 97th Lions Clubs International Convention in Toronto as musical representatives of the U.S. state of Tennessee. "We will be representing the state of Tennessee, playing the state song 'Rocky Top Tennessee' while the Tennessee delegates march behind us along the parade route," said Sheila Ripley, the corps' president. "This is the first time being invited to the Lion's international parade and is as exciting as performing in the Grey Cup or Calgary Stampede."[4]


The Blue Saints Drum and Bugle Corps is a non-profit youth organization with a Board of Directors, director, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. Sheila Ripley is the organization's president, and the corps director is Mark Ripley.[1]

Show Summary(1952-2017)[edit]


Gold background indicates DCI Championship; pale blue background indicates DCI Class Finalist; pale green background indicates DCI semifinalist.

Year Theme Repertoire Score DCI Placement
pre-1974 No information available
1974 Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band by Lennon–McCartney / Farewell to Nova Scotia (Traditional) /
Fiddler On the Roof by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick
ODCA Class D
1975-76 Repertoires unavailable
1977 Repertoire unavailable ODCA Class D
1978-80 Repertoires unavailable
1981 Temptation by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed / Other selections unknown
1982 Temptation by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed / Keep the Customer Satisfied by Paul Simon /
Chattanooga Choo Choo by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon / Brian's Song by Michel Legrand, Marilyn Bergman, and Alan Bergman
1983 And the Angels Sing by Ziggy Elman and Johnny Mercer / Gospel John by Jeffrey Steinberg /
March al Turka (Uncertain) / Chase the Clouds Away by Chuck Mangione
1984 And the Angels Sing by Ziggy Elman and Johnny Mercer / Rio Non Stop by André Gagnon /
Another Cha Cha by Jimmy Goings and Nicolas Skorsky (Santa Esmeralda) / Chase the Clouds Away by Chuck Mangione
1985 Eye of the Tiger by Frankie Sullivan and Jim Peterik / Chase the Clouds Away by Chuck Mangione
1986 Repertoire unavailable
1987 Bandstand Boogie by Charles Albertine / Other selections unknown
1988 Repertoire unavailable
1989 When the Saints Go Marching In by Virgil Oliver Stamps and Luther G. Presley / Bandstand Boogie by Charles Albertine /
Brian's Song by Michel Legrand, Marilyn Bergman, and Alan Bergman
Parade corps
1990 Repertoire unavailable 39.400 23rd Cl. A60
1991 Repertoire unavailable
1992 Repertoire unavailable 49.700 28th Div.III
1995 Selections from Tommy by Pete Townshend 49.700 36th Div.III
1996 Selections From Tommy by Pete Townshend
1997-98 No information available
1999 Selections from the Wizard of Oz by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
2000-01 No information available
2002 Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller and Mitchell Parish / In the Mood by Joe Garland and Andy Razaf /
A String of Pearls by Jerry Gray and Eddie DeLange / Little Brown Jug by Joseph Winner /
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy by Don Raye and Hughie Prince / There You'll Be (from Pearl Harbor) by Diane Warren
38.150 28th Div. III
2003 70s classics One Fine Morning by Skip Prokop / Little Bitty Pretty One by Bobby Day /
Aquarius (from Hair) by Galt MacDermot, James Rado, and Gerome Ragni /
Sometimes When We Touch by Dan Hill and Barry Mann
45.750 24th Div. III
2004 To the Beach, Eh Surfer Girl by Brian Wilson / Beach Baby by John Carter and Gillian Shakespeare /
Surfin' Safari by Brian Wilson and Mike Love /
Kokomo by John Phillips, Scott McKenzie, Mike Love, and Terry Melcher
42.000 18th Div.III
2005 Grease is the Word Love is a Many-Splendored Thing by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster /
Summer Nights, Beauty School Drop-out, Born to Hand Jive & We Go Together (from Grease)
by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
41.425 20th Div.III
2006 Musical Matrimony Get Me To the Church on Time (from My Fair Lady) by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner /
Ave Maria by Franz Schubert / White Wedding by Billy Idol
50.400 17th Div.III
2007 Corps Inactive
2008 Corps Inactive
2009 Aurora Borealis Incantation (from Quidam), Shadowplay (from Kà), Ninkou Latora (from Dralion) by Benoît Jutras 55.150 19th Open Class
2010 The Struggle Within What's This? (from Nightmare Before Christmas) / Theme from Beetlejuice /
Ice Dance (from Edward Scissorhands) / Selections from Sleepy Hollow
All by Danny Elfman
59.400 16th Open Class
2011 Stranded Dies Irae (from Requiem) by Giuseppe Verdi / Truman Sleeps (from The Truman Show) by Philip Glass /
Original Piece by Todd Schultz, Jordan Avey, and Chris Scarberry / Lightning by Philip Glass
15th Open Class
40th World Class
2012 Diamond in the Rough
60th Anniversary
Carbon, Heat, Time & Pressure by Michael England / The Canyon by Philip Glass 60.900
14th Open Class
35th World Class
2013 A Portrait of Our Journey The Elements by Brian Balmages / O Canada by Calixa Lavallée /
The Snow is Dancing (from Children's Corner) by Claude Debussy / Winter (from the Four Seasons) by Antonio Vivaldi /
Hall of the Mountain King (from Peer Gynt Suite #1) by Edvard Grieg
14th Open Class
36th World Class
2014 Summoning of the Gods Flight of the Pegasus by David Shaffer / Fate of the Gods by Steven Reineke 50.075
14th Open Class
36th World Class
2015 Demon of Seville The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini / Ballad of Sweeney Todd & Not While I'm Around by Stephen Sondheim /
Piano Sonata No. 14 'Moonlight', Op. 27 No. 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven /
The Barber of Seville (reprise) by Gioachino Rossini
14th Open Class
39th World Class
2016 Corps Inactive
2017-2019 Active but not competing


  1. ^ a b "Corps (Open Class on tab)". Drum Corps International. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  2. ^ "History for Blue Saints". Maher Associates, Inc. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Score History Listing for Blue Saints". Maher Associates, Inc. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  4. ^ "Blue Saints find southern charm for Lions International parade". Laurentian Publishing/Northern Life. May 17, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  5. ^ "Song History for Blue Saints". Maher Associates, Inc./ Retrieved June 23, 2017.

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