Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps
Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps logo
|Uniform||Jacket w/black back,
light green collar, right sleeve
& right side of front,
dark left sleeve & front panel
running diagonally from
left shoulder to right side,
then diagonally to right hip
w/medium green stripe above
upper diagonal, epaulets matching
shade beneath, silver buttons
Gauntlets matching sleeve color
w/black stripe & silver buttons
Black shoes and socks
Dark green shako w/black
bill & straps & dark green plume
The Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps is an Open Class (formerly Divisions II & III) competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Houston, Texas, the Guardians perform in Drum Corps International (DCI) competitions.
Johnathan Doerr, a 19-year-old student at Texas Tech University approached his best friend, Isaac Lee, former drum major of the Blue Devils with the idea of a community-based local touring drum corps in the Central Texas area. On October 28, 2012, Doerr founded the Central Texas Drum Corps Initiative in San Marcos, the organization which would become the Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps. A meeting was held in Seguin in December to gauge community support. With 25 people attending, a decision was made to go forward with developing the future performing unit with its base relocated to Seguin.
When, in early 2013, DCI announced the introduction of two new activities for small competitive units, DrumLine Battle™ and SoundSport®, Doerr saw that he could use SoundSport® as a means of helping to start the new corps.
The inaugural membership/rehearsal meeting of the Guardians was held in Seguin in March. Fifteen potential members were in attendance. Aid and assistance was soon forthcoming from established drum corps such as Open Class corps Genesis and Legends, Texas' World Class corps the Crossmen, and all-age corps the Vigilantes, as well as music businesses, interested individuals, and DCI. The corps also grew in size, rapidly approaching the SoundSport® maximum of 50, with members coming from throughout Texas.
In June, the Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps undertook a short, in-state tour, giving several performances and concluding with a SoundSport® exhibition at the DCI Southwestern Championship regional competition at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Continuing to develop slowly, with an eye focused on the financial bottom line, the Guardians entered DCI Open Class competition in 2014. Fielding a corps of 112 members (56 brass, 16 battery percussion, 12 front ensemble, 24 auxiliary/guard, 4 drum majors), the unit entered only two contests, both in its home state of Texas, at Round Rock (which was rained out) and San Antonio.
In April 2015, the Guardians again relocated, this time to Houston. Addressing the move, corps director Johnathan Doerr stated that, "Houston is, proudly, the largest city in Texas and has one of the largest hearts for the marching arts activity. The Guardians tree logo represents a 'breath of fresh air' that our organization brings, and we believe that our organization will certainly bring 'fresh air' to the Houston marching arts community. Houston hasn’t seen a Drum Corps International Junior Corps for many years, and we are excited to return a Drum Corps International competing unit to this great city."
In 2016, the corps had a much longer season, including a three week long spring training (which is as long as most world class corps) which was located at a college, whereas most if not all open class corps have spring training at a high school, and eight competitions, including both open class and world class finals, as opposed to the previous year's three. In addition, the corps received a sponsorship from System Blue, and as such, got new instruments from them. The guardians are the only open class corp to use System Blue instruments in DCI history.
The Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps is sponsored by the Independent Creative Arts Network (ICAN), a 501 (c)(3) musical organization that has a Board of Directors, corps director, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. Johnathon Doerr is the corps director. ICAN announced in April, 2017 its creation of several additional programs: Hub City Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps, a regional corps to be based in Lubbock, Texas; Guardians FX, a unit to compete in Winter Guard International's WGI Winds division; Guardians Drum Corps Academy, an online teaching program for all ICAN programs; Guardians Sprouts, a musical education program for preschool and day care students.
|2013||The Eternal Quest||Apocalyptic (Symphony No. 8) by Anton Bruckner / Symphony # 2 (Resurrection) by Gustav Mahler /
Nimrod (from Enigma Variations) by Edward Elgar / Children's March (Over the Hills and Far Away) by Percy Grainger
|2014||Terra Nova||Ecstatic Waters by Steven Bryant / Third Symphony, mvt 2 Allegro Molto by Aaron Copland /
Symphony # 2 (Resurrection) by Gustav Mahler / Daphnis and Chloé - Scene 3 by Maurice Ravel /
Old Hundredth (a.k.a. Doxology) by Loys Bourgeois / Original music by Daniel Montoya Jr. and Sarah Santa Cruz
|2015||Light of Gold||Grand Piano Music, Part II: On the Dominant Divide by John Adams /
Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach / Lux Arumque by Eric Whitacre /
Original Music by Daniel Montoya Jr. and Robbie Green
|2016||Radioactive||Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14 by Berlioz, Hector /
Radioactive by Melvyn Gonzalez, Alexander Grant, Ben McKee. Josh Mosser, Dan Platzman,
Dan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon (Imagine Dragons) /
Radioactive by Daniel Montoya Jr. and Benjamin Pyles /
The Adoration of Veless and Ala (from Scythian Suite) by Sergei Prokofiev /
Creep by Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, and Phil Selway (Radiohead)
(and Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood) /
Everything In Its Right Place by Thom Yorke (Radiohead) /
The National Anthem by Thom Yorke, Colin Greenwood, and Phil Selway (Radiohead) /
Church Windows, Movement II by Ottorino Respighi /
Toxic by Cathy Dennis, Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, and Henrik Jonback /
Original Music by Daniel Montoya Jr. and Robbie Green
|11th Open Class
32nd World Class
|Musical selections by Kanye West, Claude Debussy, Paul Hindemith,
Daniel Montoya Jr., Doug Bush, and Patricia Islas
- "Corps (open Class on tab)". Drum Corps International. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
- "Guardians aim to use SoundSport as a springboard to Open Class competition". Drum Corps International. July 25, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
- "Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps". Facebook. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
- "Field Pass: The dream of starting a drum corps becomes a reality". Drum Corps International. July 25, 2014. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
- "Guardians Expand Brand...". Independent Creative Arts Network. April 23, 2017. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
- "Song History for Guardians". Maher Associates, Inc. Retrieved June 28, 2014.