Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps
|Division||World Class (DCI)|
|Founded||1971 and 2001|
DCI Division III: 2004|
DCI Open Class: 2012
(2017) Computer printed black top w/silver compass rose logo, green & purple highlights;|
Black & grey stripes pants w/purple swirl around and down right leg;
Black shoes & socks;
Black & grey striped shako w/black plume
The Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps is a World Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Portland, Oregon, the corps is a member of Drum Corps International and was the undefeated Division III champion in 2004 and the undefeated Open Class (formerly Divisions II & III) champion in 2012..
The original Oregon Crusaders junior drum and bugle corps was founded in Oregon City in 1971 by brothers Ron and David Jones, with 15-year-old David as Corps Director and 16-year-old Ron as composer, arranger, and drill designer. The first year corps consisted of a drill team with drum line, and is distinguished for suffering a bus breakdown as its 40 members were en route to the unit's only scheduled performance. The brothers reorganized in 1972, acquiring sponsorship of the Dickinson’s Gourmet Preserves Company (now owned by Smuckers) and fielded as Dickinson’s Oregon Crusaders. In 1973, the corps merged with the Imperial Cadets and marched as the 115 member Imperial Crusaders, but returned as the Oregon Crusaders in 1974 when the two corps split. After the Jones brothers aged out, the corps lapsed into inactivity.(See Note)
In 1999, Rick Wise inaugurated a corps in Medford then known as the Southern Oregon Crusaders, though not affiliated with the original entity. In 2001, a collection of Southern Oregon Crusaders personnel along with a new group of staff members moved to reorganize the unit. Bill Perkins was named executive director, and Portland, Oregon was designated as the corps' new home. The name was also shortened to, "Oregon Crusaders." From 2001 to 2003, the growing corps performed valiantly throughout the western US garnering the attention of the larger drum corps community despite fledging membership and shoestring budget, which would including borrowed uniforms, horns and percussion equipment. In 2004, the corps traveled throughout the Western United States on its way to the DCI World Championships in Denver, where the corps won the Division III title, to complete an undefeated season.
In seven of the next eight seasons, the corps competed in Division II/Open Class.
In the summer of 2012, the Oregon Crusaders had another undefeated year and won the Open Class World Championship with a score of 95.250, along with high brass, high visual performance, and high general effect. The corps went on to achieve 19th in World Class.
In 2013 the corps moved to World Class.
In 2016 the corps became one of the first to wear digitally printed uniforms with those worn in the production "Hunted" giving the corps the stylized appearance of trees.
Note: The Jones brothers have established an attachment to the new organization and credit their experience in operating the original Oregon Crusaders for their later success in life. David, having been responsible for the corps' travel, today is vice president of a major, premium travel agency. Ron continued in music and is a successful Emmy- and Grammy-nominated composer of film and television soundtracks, and co-arranged the corps's 2003 program "Mysterious Mountain".
The Oregon Crusaders is a 501 (c)(3) musical organization that has a Board of Directors, Executive Director, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. The Board President is Dr. Philip Marshall, the Executive Director is Mike Quillen, and the Corps Director is Michael Grimes.
The Oregon Crusaders organization also sponsors OC Indoor, which has ensembles that compete during the winter at competitions in the Northwest Marching Band and Winter Guard International circuits. The Oregon Crusaders Independent Percussion Ensemble, organized in 2008, took first place at the 2009 WGI World Championships in the Percussion Independent A (PIA) and finished 3rd in 2010. In the 2011 season, the unit moved into World Class competition and has finished in WGI Independent World Class Finals in 2011, 2013, and 2014. Compass Rose, formerly the Oregon Crusaders Independent Colorguard has been a finalist in WGI Independent Open World Finals in 2014 and 2015.
Show Summary (2000-2018)
Gold background indicates DCI Championship; pale blue background indicates DCI Class Finalist; pale green background indicates DCI semifinalist; pale purple background indicates Open Class finalist (but not champion) and World Class semifinalist.
|2000||Music With a Latin Flair||Living La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin / Smooth by Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas /
Hot, Hot, Hot by Alphonsus Cassell aka Arrow
|2001||Fantasia 2000||Fifth Symphony by Ludwig von Beethoven / The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas /
Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky
|2002||Stormworks||The Storm, Mourning of Destruction & Rebuilding (from Stormworks) by Stephen Melillo|
|2003||Mysterious Mountain -
A tribute to the music
of Alan Hovhaness
|Mysterious Mountain (Symphony 1) & Mount St. Helens Symphony (Symphony 50) by Alan Hovhaness|
|2004||Metro Metal||Bronze: Ride by Samuel Hazo / Silver: Sleep by Eric Whitacre /
Gold: Tempered Steel by Charles Rochester Young
|1st Div. III|
7th Divs. II/III
|2005||The Sands of Time||Festival of Light by Stephen Melillo / Vintage by David Gillingham / Original Music by Lewis Norfleet||88.575
|7th Div. II|
9th Divs. II/III
|2006||Echo||Echo by Lewis Norfleet / Snow Caps by Richard Saucedo / Equus by Eric Whitacre||92.675||4th Div. II|
|2007||Gates||1000 Airplanes on the Roof by Philip Glass / Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra by Ney Rosauro /
Acrostic Song (from Final Alice) by David Del Tredici / Wild Nights (from Harmonium) by John Adams
|80.750||5th Div. III|
|2008||Inner Connections||Inner Connections by Todd Zimbelman and Nancy Galbraith||93.025||4th Open Class|
|2009||Equilibrium||Philadelphia Stories by Michael Daugherty||87.950||8th Open Class|
|2010||Dance of the Flames||The Dance of the Flames by Arno Elias / Arabian Waltz by Rabih Abou-Khalil /
Of Sailors and Whales by W. Francis McBeth / Hope (from The Prayer Cycle) by Jonathon Elias /
Kingfishers Catch Fire by John Mackey
|94.000||2nd Open Class|
|2011||The Blue Hour||Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig von Beethoven / Blue Shades by Frank Ticheli /
A Hymn to a Blue Hour by John Mackey /
Variciones Concertantes, Op. 23 by Alberto Ginastera
|2nd Open Class|
22nd World Class
|2012||Dreaming In Color||Sleep by Eric Whitacre / Detours by Travis Moddison /
El Tango de Roxanne (from Moulin Rouge!) by Sting and Mariano Mores, adapted by Craig Armstrong /
Libertango by Astor Piazolla /
Channel One Suite by Bill Reddie / Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin /
Fantasia on the Dargason by Gustav Holst / Rondeau (from Abdelazer) by Henry Purcell /
Simple Gifts by Joseph Brackett / Kingfishers Catch Fire by John Mackey
|1st Open Class|
19th World Class
|Going Home (from New World Symphony) by Antonín Dvořák, adapted by William Arms Fisher /
Summertime (from Porgy and Bess) by George Gershwin / House of the Rising Sun (Traditional) /
Rolling In The Deep by Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (Adele) / Jericho by Morton Gould
|2014||Nevermore||Mind Heist (from Inception) by Zack Hemsey / Huanpango by Kevin Walczyk /
The Alabados Song by Paul Bissell / The Hymn of Acxiom & My Medea by Vienna Teng /
Nocturne, Op. 33 & Medea's Dance of Vengeance. Op. 23A by Samuel Barber
|2015||The Midnight Garden||Cinderella Suite (No. 1, I. Introduction: No 1, III. Quarrel: No 1, VII. Cinderella's Waltz) by Sergei Prokofiev /
Lavender's Blue (Traditional) / Who Is She? & Pumpkin Pursuit (from Cinderella) by Patrick Doyle
|2016||Hunted||Hunter by Björk / NO one To kNOW one by Andy Akiho /
Who Wants to Live Forever by Brian May (Queen)/ Knights of Cydonia by Matthew Bellamy (Muse) /
Death Hunt by Bernard Herrmann
|2017||EnCompass||Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar / Only Time by Enya /
Where The Streets Have No Name by Bono / The Edge by Adam Clayton, & Larry Mullen Jr. (U2)
|2018||REDЯUM||Dies Irae by Hector Berlioz / Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste by Bela Bartok
Uninvited by Alanis Morissette / Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns /
Midnight and the Stars and You by Harry Woods, Jimmy Campbell and Reg Connelly /
Symphony for Organ and Orchestra by Aaron Copland
The symbol of the Oregon Crusaders is the OC compass rose.
On the final rehearsal evening of the season, the corps members march forward 5 yards for every year they have been in the corps.
On the last full day of rehearsal it has become traditional for the entire corps to wear a cape--- usually a towel. In addition, the soprano bugles/trumpets wear a tie with their cape. Most of the corps calls the day, "Cape Day" while the trumpets refer to it as "Trumpet Cape And Tie Day".
Before tour, a hornline rookie is assigned to purchase a jug of water bottled only in Oregon. The hornline then shares the water to drink before the corps' final performance.
Dave the Tree
At the start of all-days the trumpets are donated an Oregon-grown Douglas fir sapling which is then dubbed "Dave" to nurture over the summer. This originated in 2012 when the trumpet section found an abandoned potted tree at their housing site in Tillamook, Oregon. During the age-out ceremony on semi-finals day the age-outs take the tree onto the field, where it is left.
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- "Percussion Historical Scores". Winter Guard International. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
- "Color Guard Historical Scores". Winter Guard International. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
- "Oregon Crusaders/Repertoire". DCX: The Drum Corps Xperience. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
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