Incognito Drum and Bugle Corps

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Incognito Drum and Bugle Corps
Incognito Drum & Bugle Corps logo.jpg
Incognito logo
Location Brea & Garden Grove, California
Division Open Class
Founded 2008
Director Alex Gray
Uniform Blue jacket w/black & white trim
& black epaulets w/white trim
Black jumpsuit
Black gauntlets w/white trim
Black shoes
Black shako w/silver chains & badge & black plume

The Incognito Drum and Bugle Corps is an Open Class (formerly Divisions II & III) competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Brea and Garden Grove, California, Incognito performs in Drum Corps International (DCI) competitions.[1]


The Incognito Drum Line was begun in 2005 by Tony T. Nguyen, and competed in the Southern California Percussion Alliance, the American Drum Line Association, and Winter Guard International percussion circuits.

The Incognito Winter Guard started in 2007, competing in the Winter Guard Association of Southern California and Winter Guard International.

In 2008, Nguyen and others finally founded the Incognito Drum and Bugle Corps of Norwalk, California, which was approved by DCI on May 8 to compete as an Open Class corps. The new corps competed in seven California contests in 2008.[2]

Operating from Orange, California, the 2009 corps was in seven California shows and took a weekend tour to perform in New Mexico and Arizona.

In 2010, economic conditions forced the corps to cancel its planned season and take time try to build a more stable financial base.[3]

After more than three seasons of inactivity, DCI announced on May 21, 2014 that Incognito had been approved to return to the field, joining six other corps as additions to the DCI Open Class summer schedule.[4]


The Incognito Drum and Bugle Corps is sponsored by the Music Life Foundation, a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) musical organization. As such, it has a Board of Directors, director, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission.[5] The corps director is Alex Gray.[6]

Show Summary(2008–2017)[edit]


Year Theme Repertoire Score Result
2008 World of Incognitians World of Incognitians by Tony T. Nguyen 65.550 22nd Open Class
2009 LIFE Adrenaline, Love, Anger & Enlightenment by Tony T. Nguyen 67.350 21st Open Class
2010 Transformation Transformation by Incognitus and Inconspicuous
Inactive after 4th of July Parade
2011–13 Corps inactive
2014 </3 – less than love Romance / Struggle / Trust / Betrayal
Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev / Romeo and Juliet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky /
Carmen by Georges Bizet / Original music by Rick Barclay and Tony T. Nguyen
2015 Planet Incognito Mars & Jupiter (from The Planets) by Gustav Holst / World of Incognitians by Tony T. Nguyen
2016 Falling Falling Slowly (from Once) by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová / Der Erlkönig by Franz Schubert /
Original compositions and arrangements by Tony T. Nguyen
41.750 25th Open Class
2017 La Belle du Bal Music by Saint-Saëns, Bach, Debussy, Sia /
Original compositions and arrangements by Tony T. Nguyen


All corps members and staff must have an "Incognito name." The rules are simple:

  • The name can be historically based or one that has been made up, as long as it has meaning.
  • All male names must end in "-us" or "-ius."
  • All female names must end in "-a" or "-ia."

Example: Corps founder and director Tony T. Nguyen's "Incognito name" is Incognitus.


  1. ^ "Open Class Corps". Drum Corps International. 2015. Retrieved March 15, 2015. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Unmasking the new Open Class corps Incognito". Drum Corps International. August 5, 2008. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Incognito Drum and Bugle Corps". Incognito Drum and Bugle Corps. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Influx of Open Class corps approved to participate in 2014 DCI Tour". Drum Corps International. May 21, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Mission Statement". Incognito Drum and Bugle Corps. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Meet the Staff". Incognito Drum and Bugle Corps. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Song History for Incognito". Maher Associates, Inc./ Retrieved June 23, 2017. 

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