Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps

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Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps
Oregon Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps logo.jpg
LocationPortland, Oregon
Divisioninactive, 2019 (DCI)
Founded1971 and 2001
DirectorMichael Quillen
Championship titlesDCI Division III: 2004
DCI Open Class: 2012

The Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps was 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.[1] On January 13, 2019, the Oregon Crusaders informed DCI that they would not be participating in the 2019 season.[2]


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 drumline, 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.[3]

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 fledgling 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.

The 2016 Oregon Crusaders

In 2013, the corps was promoted to World Class.

On January 13, 2019, The organization announced that it would not be competing in the 2019 season.


The Oregon Crusaders, 2008.

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.

The Oregon Crusaders organization also sponsors OC Indoor, which has ensembles that compete during the winter at competitions in the Northwest Association for Performing Arts 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.[3][4] Compass Rose, formerly the Oregon Crusaders Independent Colorguard has been a finalist in WGI Independent Open World Finals in 2014 and 2015.[5]

Show Summary (2000-2018)[edit]


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.

Year Theme Repertoire Score DCI Placement
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 van 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 van 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
2013 My Heart,
My Battle,
My Soul
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
81.050 17th
2014 Nevermore Mind Heist (from Inception) by Zack Hemsey / Huapango 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
80.100 19th
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
78.550 17th
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
79.725 18th
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)
79.050 20th
2018 REDЯUM Dies Irae by Hector Berlioz / Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste by Béla Bartók
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
77.100 22nd
2019 Corps inactive


2012 OC's Victory photo

Corps Song[edit]

"Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen

Corps Symbol[edit]

The symbol of the Oregon Crusaders is a green and white compass rose set on a black background.

Corps Necklace[edit]

A circular glass pendant depicting the compass rose logo inside of a transparent circle of Oregon Douglas Fir trees, set upon a white to green gradient background.

The Walk[edit]

On the final rehearsal evening of the season after their prelims performance, the corps members march on the field 5 yards for every year they have been a member of the corps.

The A-Team[edit]

In 2017, members of the prop crew dubbed themselves the "A-Team" (unrelated to the 1983 TV series The A-Team) due to the particularly difficult challenges involved with the handling of the compass props used in that year's production. They chose the name to allude to the academic mark of an "A," to highlight their exemplary performance and punctuality in their position.

Dave the Tree[edit]

At the beginning of move-ins the trumpet section is donated an Oregon-grown Douglas-fir sapling, annually christened "Dave". It acts as their section mascot over the summer, requiring regular watering and care by members and placed on the sideline of rehearsal fields. This tradition 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 bring the tree onto the field, where it is subsequently left.


  1. ^ "Corps". Drum Corps International. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  2. ^ https://www.dci.org/news/oregon-crusaders-will-not-field-a-corps-in-2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ a b http://www.oregoncrusaders.org/main/site/about-oc/
  4. ^ "Percussion Historical Scores". Winter Guard International. Archived from the original on November 22, 2015. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  5. ^ "Color Guard Historical Scores". Winter Guard International. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  6. ^ "Oregon Crusaders/Repertoire". DCX: The Drum Corps Xperience. Retrieved 8 March 2018.

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