City Sound Drum and Bugle Corps

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City Sound Drum and Bugle Corps
City Sound Drum & Bugle Corps Logo.jpg
City Sound logo
Location Long Beach, California
Division Open Class
Founded 1997
Director Nathaniel Lewis Jr.
Uniform Navy blue, dark blue & white jacket;
Dark blue pants(2014);
Black shoes (2014);
White shako w/silver chain, strap, shield & white plume

The City Sound Drum and Bugle Corps is a junior drum and bugle corps competing as a SoundSport team.. Based in Long Beach, California, City Sound performed in Drum Corps International (DCI) competitions as an Open Class corps 2010–14.[1]


City Sound was founded in June, 1997 by current director Nathaniel Lewis, Jr. as an indoor winter drum line. His intent was to give teens and young adults from "diverse cultures" with performance opportunities lacking in many California schools.

In 2010, the corps added a horn line and color guard to become a full drum and bugle corps, performing in Drum Corps International contests within California.

In November 2012, City Sound's drumline was featured on the Disney Channel's Shake It Up.[2]

City Sound is a Boy Scouts "Learning for Life" Explorer Post and was awarded the Boy Scouts of America, Learning For Life, Character Education Quality Award for 2013.[3]

In 2013 and 2014, members of City Sound were able to receive college credit through California State University Dominguez Hills for marching in the corps for one season.[4][5]

In 2014, City Sound traveled out of their home state of California for the first time as a corps, competing at the Southwest Corps Connection in Mesa, Arizona.

In May 2015, the corps announced that it would take the year off, since it had difficulty in recruiting a sufficient number of brass players.[6]

After two seasons of inactivity, on November 14, 2016, the organization announced its intent to return in 2017 as a SoundSport team. [7] This has not yet happened.


City Sound is sponsored by Los Angeles Youth Arts Organization, a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) musical organization which has a Board of Directors, director, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. The president of the board and corps director is Nathaniel Lewis, Jr.[8][9]

Show Summary (2010-2017)[edit]


Year Theme Repertoire Score Place
2010 Under Over Pinball Wizard & Other selections from Tommy by Pete Townshend
2011 Sounds of Our City City of Angels by Ulises Bella, Sheffer Bruton, Asdrubal Sierra, and Jiro Yamaguchi (Ozomatli) /
Saturday Nght by Ulises Bella, Raúl Pacheco, Asdrubal Sierra, and Jiro Yamaguchi (Ozomatli) /
La Pistola El Corazon by David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez (Los Lobos) /
At Last by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren / Sunless Saturday by Fishbone
2012 Los Sonidos de Miami Dejame Sonar by Perin Vazquez / Conga by Enrique E. Garcia /
Song For Chano by Ray Barretto / Hasta Que Vuelvas Conmigo by Gian Marco
2013 A Day in the Life
in Puerto Rico
Hasta Que Vuelvas Conmigo by Gian Marco / Meliton Tombe (Traditional Puerto Rican) /
Rule Son Da by William Cepeda / El Rumor by Viento de agua
2014 Big Easy Blues Do Whatcha Wanna by Kermit Ruffins / St. James Infirmary (Traditional) /
Beale Street Blues by W.C. Handy / Brooklyn by Nat MacIntosh
2015–17 Corps inactive

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