Columbians Drum and Bugle Corps

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Drum and Bugle Corps
Columbians Drum & Bugle Corps logo.jpg
Location Pasco, Washington
Division Open Class
Founded 1955, 2012
Director Dan Perry
Uniform Black jacket w/white left
sleeve & upper 1/4 of front,
light blue false baldrick/sash
Black pants
Black shoes and socks
Black shako w/silver trim & badge
& black plume

The Columbians Drum and Bugle Corps is an Open Class (formerly Divisions II & III) competitive drum and bugle corps. Based in Pasco, Washington, the Columbians perform in Drum Corps International (DCI) competitions.[1]


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In recent years, the Tri-Cities, Washington region has seen major growth in its high school marching band programs. Some of the local music educators and others felt that a natural outgrowth of this would be a local drum and bugle corps to compete in the local "Drums Along the Columbia" DCI contest. Among those who started discussing the possibilities in 2012 were Russ Newbury, band director at Pasco High School, who had also been musical arranger for the Blue Knights; Dan Perry, who had been one of the founders of the Oregon Crusaders; and Sean Anderson, whose father had been a member of the former local Tri-City Columbians Drum and Bugle Corps.

The Columbians Drum and Bugle Corps was founded on November 20, 2012 and, after tentatively being called "The Ascent," was named in honor of (and effectively the rebirth of) the Tri-City Columbians, a corps that had represented the area from 1955 until the mid-1970s. Assistance and a donation of some instruments came from Seattle's Northwest Youth Music Association, the sponsors of the Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps. Auditions and rehearsals began in November, and, over the following months, more than a hundred young people attended, some only to see what the activity was about, others to become members.

Dedicated to the idea that the Columbians be "a local corps for local kids," keeping costs low for members and keeping expenses for the corps down were major concerns for the corps' leadership. A short, local performance season was their solution. While also making several other appearances, the corps was entered in only four shows in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. The corps that marched the inaugural season included more than fifty members from the local area.

A similar summer program to what was successfully carried out in 2013 is planned for 2014.


The Columbians Drum and Bugle Corps is an activity of the Cascades Foundation (Northwest Youth Music Association), a 501 (c)(3) musical organization that has a Board of Directors, corps director, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. Dan Perry is Executive Director and Russ Newberry is the corps director.

Show Summary(2013–2015)[edit]

Year Theme Repertoire Score Result
2013 A River Runs
Through It
Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky / October by Eric Whitacre / Dulaman (Traditional) / Original Music by Matthew Newbury
2014 Stardust Jupiter Dance (based on a theme by Gustav Holst) / Vincent by Jeff Chambers / Coronation (from Stardust) by Ilan Eshkeri
2015 1942 Nocturne in E♭ by Frederic Chopin / Pavane by Gabriel Faure / Symphony #7 by Ludwig Van Beethoven /
Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing) by Louis Prima / America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates and Samuel A. Ward /
Symphony #5 by Ludwig Van Beethoven / Original Music by Jeff Chambers

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