Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps
|Location||Diamond Bar, CA|
|Uniform||(2015) Black, white, and teal shako
w/white plume & golden mirror;
White, teal & black jacket
w/gold chest mirror;
The Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps is a World Class (formerly Division I) competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Diamond Bar, California, Pacific Crest is a member corps of Drum Corps International (DCI).
Pacific Crest was founded in 1993 to serve the youth in the eastern part of Los Angeles County. Marching only 33 members in its inaugural season, the corps grew in size and ability while maintaining a local California profile. The corps did not perform outside its home state until travelling to Texas for two shows in 2000. The corps journeyed to the Northwest in 2002, and it finally entered the national competition scene by attending its first DCI Championships at Orlando, Florida in 2003, where many drum corps fans unfamiliar with Pacific Crest were surprised as the corps reached the semifinal round. Although it now tours nationally each season, the corps has maintained a policy of spending approximately the first half of the season near home. While this has possibly prevented Pacific Crest from ascending beyond the second tier of the World Class corps, but it has helped to sustain the corps financially by limiting its travel expenses. Pacific Crest has advanced to DCI Semifinals in 2003, 2007–08, and 2011-15.
Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps is sponsored by the Pacific Crest Youth Arts Organization (PCYAO), a 501(c)(3) musical organization that has a Board of Directors, corps director, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. Phil Mortensen is President of the Board, and Stuart Pompel is the corps' Executive Director. PCYAO has previously supported a Colorguard unit that competed in Winter Guard International and the Winter Guard Association of Southern California (WGASC) circuits. The organization also sponsors a summer camp for current and prospective high school drum majors. PCYAO receives a part of its funding from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
Show Summary (1994-2017)
Gold background indicates DCI Championship; pale blue background indicates DCI Class Finalist; pale green background indicates DCI semifinalist.
|1994||Backdraft||It's All Right With Me / Show Me Your Firetruck / Haven't You Heard / Ya Gotta Make Your Own Luck
All from Backdraft soundtrack by Hans Zimmer
|1995||Music from Metroscape||Double Lattes & the LA Times / Heavy Traffic Reported / Bottom Rung of the Corporate Ladder /
Alternate Route Suggested / Back Home
All original works by Dale Leaman
|1996||Jekyll and Hyde||I Need to Know, Take Me As I Am & Dangerous Game (from Jekyll and Hyde)
by Leslie Bricusse and Frank Wildhorn /
The World Has Gone Insane (from Dracula: The Concept Recording) by Frank Wildhorn /
Confrontation & Alive (from Jekyll and Hyde) by Leslie Bricusse and Frank Wildhorn
|1997||Mary Shelley's Frankenstein||To Think of a Story / The Creation / The Escape / Friendless / Evil Stitched to Evil
All from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein soundtrack by Patrick Doyle
|1998||Hamlet||The Ghost / Death & Anguish (not original title) / I Loved You Once /
What Players Are They / Madness (not original title)
All from Hamlet soundtrack by Patrick Doyle
|1999||The Dracula Ballet||Incident At Charing X Station / Dance Of The Effigies / Seduction At Castle Dracula /
The Crypt / The Death of Dracula (not original titles)
All from Dracula (Ballet in 3 Acts) by Philip Feeney
|2000||Joan of Arc -
Music of Richard Einhorn's
Voices of Light
|Voices of Light / A Call To Arms / The Siege of Chinon / The Miracle / Sacraments / Coronation /
Betrayal, Trial and Torture / The Fire of the Dove Angels in the Cleansing Flames (not original titles)
All from Voices of Light, an Oratorio with Silent Film by Richard Einhorn
|2001||Age of Empire||The Adoration of Veless and Ala, The Enemy God and the Dance of the Pagan Monsters &
The Glorious Departure of Lolly and the Sun's Cortège (from Scythian Suite) by Sergei Prokofiev /
Her Name Was Merit (from The Egyptian) by Alfred Newman /
The Reprimand, Following Tzipporah & Red Sea (from The Prince of Egypt) by Hans Zimmer and Stephen Schwartz /
The Battle & Barbarian Horde (from Gladiator) by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard
|2002||Reinvention||Atmadja (from Quidam) by Benoit Jutras / Ravendhi (from Dralion) by Violaine Corradi /
Seisuoso (from Quidam) by Benoit Jutras / Ombra (from Dralion) by Violaine Corradi /
Incantation (from Quidam), Distorted & Urban (both from La Nouba) by Benoit Jutras
All from productions of Cirque du Soleil
|2003||Invocacion a Poderosos
(Invocation to Power)
|Moonlight on the Parana / Invocation to the Spirits of Power / Dawn
All from the ballet Panambí, Op. 1 by Alberto Ginastera
|2004||On Dangerous Ground:
Music of Bernard Hermann
|The Man Who Knew Too Much / The Snows of Kilimanjaro /
Baghdad (from The 7th Voyage of Sinbad) / Death Hunt (from On Dangerous Ground)
All by Bernard Hermann
Vapor, Solid, Liquid
|Four Sea Interludes (from Peter Grimes) by Benjamin Britten / Sinfonia Antarctica by Ralph Vaughan Williams||77.250||19th|
|2006||From the City of Angels||Prologue: Theme from City of Angels, Double Talk Walk, With Every Breath I Take & I'm Nothing Without You
All from City of Angels by Cy Coleman and David Zippel
|2007||What Happens In Vegas...||Viva Las Vegas by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman / Love for Sale (from The New Yorkers) by Cole Porter /
Angel Eyes by Matt Dennis and Earl Brent / Luck Be A Lady (from Guys and Dolls) by Frank Loesser
The Rituals of Passion
|Selections from Blood Diamond by James Newton Howard /
The Wind and The Lion by Jerry Goldsmith / Dralion by Violaine Corradi
|2009||El Corazon de la Gente:
Alegria, Amor, y Fuerte
|Selections by Carlos Chavez /
Pampeana No. 3 – Impetuosamente, Variaciones Concertantes & Pequena Danza by Alberto Ginastera /
Symphonic Dances (Danzas Sinfonicas): Gregoriana by Julián Orbón
|2010||Maze||Machu Picchu by Satoshi Yagisawa / Asphalt Cocktail by John Mackey /
Sam's Gone (from I Am Legend) by James Newton Howard / Turbine by John Mackey
|2011||Push, Pull, Twist, Turn||Lauds (Praise High Day) by Ron Nelson / Push by Robert W. Smith /
Adagietto, Symphony #5 by Gustav Mahler / The Mechanical Ballet (Uncertain) /
Serenada Schizophrana by Danny Elfman / AirLink by Jack Stamp
|2012||The Spectrum||Butterfly Yellow & Tarantella Red (from Bright Colored Dances) by Lewis J. Buckley /
The Red Machine by Peter Graham / Yellow by Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, and Chris Martin /
Blue Sapphire (from Colours) by Roger Cichy / End Credits from Green Lantern-First Flight by Robert Kral /
True Colors by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly
|2013||Transfixed||Fix a Heart by Emanuel Kiriakou and Priscilla Renea /
Instinctive Travels by Michael Markowski / Drum Music by John Mackey
|2014||No Strings Attached||Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld by Jacques Offenbach / Firefly by Ryan George /
Shadowplay (from Kà) by René Dupéré / A Tango by John M. Meehan and Mike Huestis
|2015||The Catalyst||Scythian Suite by Sergei Prokofiev / Liberi Fatali (from Final Fantasy) by Nobuo Uematsu /
Enjoy the Silence by Martin Gore (Depeche Mode) / Angels in the Architecture by Frank Ticheli
|2016||The Union||Foundry: Original Work by John Meehan, Pete Lucero, Brian Dinkel / Working: Aha! by Imogen Heap /
Space Between: Fix You by Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin, Guy Berryman (Coldplay) /
Engine: Original Work by Pete Lucero & Brian Dinkel /
Train: Point Blank by Paul Dooley / Last Train Home by Pat Metheny
|California Dreamin’ by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips / Kaleidoscope of Mathematics (from A Beautiful Mind) by James Horner /
Arrival of the Birds (from The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos) by Jason Swincoe (The Cinematic Orchestra) /
Alfonso Muskedunder by Todd Terje / Moving On (from Lost) by Michael Giacchino
Corps At The Crest
Corps At The Crest is a series of two home shows for Pacific Crest. In recent years, Corps at the Crest Oceanside has taken place at El Camino High School (Oceanside), while Corps at the Crest Los Angeles takes place at Rose Bowl (stadium). Corps at the Crest Los Angeles's first appearance at the Rose Bowl (stadium) was in 2015. In previous years, the Los Angeles show was held at different colleges across southern California. Usually held toward the beginning of the DCI season in late June, the shows feature performances from every California-based DCI open and world class corps, as well as appearances by The Academy (Tempe, AZ). In recent years, corps from east of the Rockies such as Bluecoats (Canton, OH), Phantom Regiment (Rockford, IL), The Cadets (Allentown, PA), Blue Knights (Denver, CO), and Carolina Crown (Fort Mill, SC) have included Corps at the Crest on their national tours.
- Corps Song: The corps song is Franz Biebl's Ave Maria. The hornline plays the corps song for the rest of the corps, including the staff, colorguard, and percussion, after rehearsal concludes on the days of major regional performances. The corps has also been known to play Frank Sinatra's "The Way You Look Tonight", a favorite of retired corps staffer Dale Leaman.
- Corps Necklace: The corps necklace is a small, penny-sized copper pendant featuring the Pacific Crest logo. Rookies are awarded their corps necklaces immediately before their first uniformed performance with the corps, in June. Returning members take gold chain links from their shakos at the end of every season and place them on their corps necklaces as charms - one gold link for each year they've marched with the corps. Alumni who marched before the necklaces were awarded, starting in 2009, can receive corps necklaces at Pacific Crest's annual sneak preview show. In 2013, the necklaces began to feature the updated logo with the shield-shaped crest in place of the circular logo of previous years.
- The Wave: Pacific Crest's corps logo is a wave split at its apex into a "P" and "C", for "Pacific Crest". This wave is a popular icon among members and alumni. Pacific Crest logo waves are often painted on rehearsal fields on the days of regionals. Pacific Crest ageouts leave a logo wave made of performance shoes and other memorabilia on the field during the DCI age-out ceremony. The wave has even been featured in drill during their shows, most recently at the end of the opener in their 2013 show.
- "Corps". Drum Corps International. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
- "History of Pacific Crest". Maher Associates, Inc. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
- "About Pacific Crest Youth Arts Organization". Pacific Crest Youth Arts Organization. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
- "Song History for Pacific Crest". Maher Associates, Inc./corpsreps.com. Retrieved June 23, 2017.