Blue Saints Drum and Bugle Corps
Blue Saints Drum & Bugle Corps logo
|Location||Greater Sudbury, Ontario|
|Uniform||Jacket w/white front,
blue false sash & back,
black collar and epaulets,
Black gauntlets w/silver buttons
Black shako w/silver chains & badge & black plume
The Blue Saints Drum and Bugle Corps is an Open Class (formerly Divisions II & III) competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, the Blue Saints perform in Drum Corps International (DCI) competitions.
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. The corps would return to DCI at the 1992 Division III Prelims in Whitewater, Wisconsin, placing 28th of 29 corps. In 1995, Blue Saints finished 36th of 41 corps at DCI's Division III prelims in Buffalo.
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. Although the unit has never been competitively successful, it has consistently presented crowd-pleasing programs while providing its members with a quality educational program.
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.”
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.
|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
|1977||Repertoire available||ODCA Class D
|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|
|1987||Bandstand Boogie by Charles Albertine / Other selections unknown|
|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
|1990||Repertoire unavailable||39.400||23rd Cl. A60|
|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
|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
|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
|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
|Carbon, Heat, Time & Pressure by Michael England / The Canyon by Philip Glass||60.900
|14th Open Class
35th World Class
|2013||A Canadian 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
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- "History for Blue Saints". Maher Associates, Inc. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
- "Score History Listing for Blue Saints". Maher Associates, Inc. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
- "Blue Saints find southern charm for Lions International parade". Laurentian Publishing/Northern Life. May 17, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2014.