Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps
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|Championship titles||1991 Class A
1992 Division II
Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps is an Open Class (formerly Divisions II & III) competitive junior drum and bugle corps based in Mobile, Alabama. The corps was a Division I (now World Class) competitive junior drum and bugle corps in Drum Corps International (DCI) from 1993 through 2007. Prior to competing in Division I, Southwind competed in DCI's Class A/Division II and was that division's World Champion in 1991 and 1992. Southwind performed at competitive and non-competitive SoundSport® events in Alabama and surrounding states during the summer of 2014. In early May 2015, DCI approved Southwind's return as an active Open Class corps.
Southwind was founded in 1980 by John Johnson, Bill Stiers, David Oates, Doug Poulos, Kim Ballentine and Pearce Cowart, students at Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery, Alabama who wanted to march in a local drum corps. After setting up a non-profit youth organization and getting a charter as Explorer Post 2009 from the Tucabatchee Boy Scout Council, Southwind's initial organizational meeting was held on Sunday, November 23, 1980 in downtown Montgomery under the leadership of corps director Michael Terry. Auditions were then held at Robert E Lee High School on December 13, 1980, and, on January 14, 1981, the corps had its first rehearsal.
The corps took its name from the Chicago-to-Miami passenger train "The South Wind" that passed through Montgomery on tracks beside what became the corps' practice field. In 1981, Southwind toured to contests in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, and North Carolina before traveling to Philadelphia for the VFW National Drum and Bugle Contest (placing 5th of 8 corps) and then on the DCI World Championships in Montreal, where they finished 39th of 49 corps in Open Class Prelims. The corps undertook an even more extensive tour under director Dave Bryan in 1982, travelling west to Louisiana and Texas, north to Pennsylvania, back into the South, where they placed 5th of 10 corps in the Drum Corps South circuit championships, returned north to Ohio, New York, and made another trip to the DCI World Championships in Montreal, where they were 36th of 49 corps in Open Class Prelims.
Loss of many charter members and debt accrued during the first two seasons caused the corps to go inactive before the start of the 1983 season. From 1983 through 1988, a cadre of supporters continued to raise funds to retire the outstanding debt.
Southwind returned to competition in 1989. The corps toured throughout the South, then traveled to Kansas City, Missouri, where they placed 10th of 23 corps in Class A60 (for corps with no more than 60 members). The corps would improve to 4th of 23 corps in Class A60 at Buffalo, New York in 1990.
In 1991, Southwind, marching a much larger corps, moved into Class A; and was undefeated in 16 contests against only Class A corps and won the DCI Class A World Championship over 18 other corps at Dallas. In 1992, Southwind continued its winning streak in the renamed Division II, placing first in another 16 shows before falling to 3rd place among 18 corps in Division II prelims at Whitewater, Wisconsin before rebounding in finals to claim its second DCI World Championship. In both 1991 and '92, Southwind also finished among the top 25 corps in DCI's Open Class/Division I quarterfinals, earning full membership in the organization.
Southwind, with a corps at or near DCI's then-maximum of 128 members, moved to competing solely in Division I in 1993 and beyond. For five seasons, the corps placed 17th through 24th at DCI FInals, but was finding it more and more difficult for the small group of local, Montgomery boosters to administer the unit. In the 1997 season, several staff members of the Madison Scouts had also worked with Southwind; at the end of the season, corps director Dave Bryan approached the Scouts' management about assuming the sponsorship of Southwind.
In 1998, the Madison Drum and Bugle Corps Association, Inc. took over the operation of Southwind. The corps was inactive for that season, as its operations were moved from Montgomery to Lexington, Kentucky under new director Patrick Seidling.
Returning to the field in 1999, Southwind placed 15th at DCI Championships in Madison, Wisconsin. 2000 was Southwind's best season in Division I, as the corps finished 13th at College Park, Maryland, just missing a Top 12 Finals spot, although the corps scored no worse than 12th in all captions. Seidling then departed for a Top 12 corps and was succeeded by Tony Rother. Southwind finished 15th at Buffalo in 2001 and 18th at Madison in 2002. However, in 2002, the Scouts would finish 14th, the first time the corps had missed DCI Finals since also placing 14th at the inaugural Championships in1972. In reorganizing its house after the disappointing season, the Madison Drum and Bugle Corps Association severed its ties with Southwind and with the Capitol Sound Drum and Bugle Corps of Madison.
Back on its own, Southwind formed the Bluegrass Youth Performance Corporation as a sponsoring organization, and named Mike Loeffelholz director. The corps would continue as a large, well-respected, but second-tier, Division I corps through 2007, when economic conditions led the corps to another period of inactivity.
In 2011, Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps came under the control of Southwind Alumni Association, Inc. 2011 through 2013 were rebuilding years for the organization as they raised funds and sought sponsorships for returning the corps to competition. The corps also returned to Alabama, relocating in the Mobile area.
In November and December of 2013, Southwind held its first recruitment and audition camps since leaving the field in 2007. In 2014 the organization fielded a 50 member SoundSport® team competing against other SoundSport® teams and performing in exhibition at some DCI shows as a route to reentering DCI competition in 2015.
In early May 2015, DCI approved Southwind's return as an active Open Class corps and placed the corps on the summer schedule for five shows in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi.
Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps is sponsored by the Southwind Alumni Association, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) musical organization that has a Board of Directors, corps director, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. Greg Gumina is the corps director and program director.
|1981||Prelude and Rondo by David Holsinger / Hoedown (from Rodeo) by Aaron Copland /
Miserlou (Traditional) adapted by Nicholas Roubanis / Granada Smoothie by Mark Taylor /
Bless the Beasts and Children by Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr. /
Alabamy Bound by Ray Henderson, Buddy DeSylva, and Bud Green /
Stars Fell On Alabama by Frank Perkins and Mitchell Parish
|1982||Song of the South (Uncertain) / Magic (from Pippin) by Stephen Schwartz / Granada Smoothie by Mark Taylor /
Fugeace by Gianluigi Trovesi / I Sing the Body Electric (from Fame) by Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford
|1989||Southland by Salvatore '"Tutti" Camarata / Stars Fell On Alabama by Frank Perkins and Mitchell Parish||71.300||10th Class A60|
|1990||You are My Sunshine © by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell (probably written by Oliver Hood) /
Lucretia MacEvil by David Clayton-Thomas / Sometimes in Winter by Steve Katz /
God Bless the Child by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr.
|82.000||4th Class A60|
|1991||The Little Mermaid||Fanfare, Tour of the Kingdom, Poor Unfortunate Souls, Eric to the Rescue,
The Storm, Part of Your World, and Happy Ending
All from The Little Mermaid by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman
|1st Class A
23rd Open Class
Prince of Thieves
|Overture, The Prisoner of the Crusades, Marian at the Waterfall, The Abduction,
The Wedding Scene & The Final Battle
All from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves by Michael Kamen
22nd Open Class
|1993||Far and Away||Joseph's Dream, Life in Ireland, The American Way, Reunion & The Land Race
All from Far and Away by John Williams
|1994||A League of Their Own||Making the Team, Ballad-Life Goes On & The Final Game
All from A League Of Their Own by Hans Zimmer
|1995||Gospel||Precious Lord, Take My Hand by Thomas A. Dorsey / Jericho by Morton Gould /
Sweet, Sweet Spirit by Doris Akers /
Are You Ready for a Miracle (from Leap of Faith) by Art Reynolds and Bunny Hull /
Oh Happy Day (from Li'l Abner) by Gene De Paul and Johnny Mercer /
Brand New day (from The Wiz) by Charlie Smalls
|1996||A Gospel Celebration||Make His Praise Glorious by Bill and Robin Wolaver / Amazing Love by John Schweers /
Resurrection Ceremony by Greg Gumina /
Are You Ready for a Miracle (from Leap of Faith) by Art Reynolds and Bunny Hull /
All Creatures of Our God and King by St Francis of Assisi and Friedrich Spee, adapted by William Henry Draper
|1997||Scenes from Childhood||Niesdance by David Holsinger / Children's March by Percy Grainger /
Daydreaming by Hans Zimmer / Iron Will by Joel McNeely
|1999||American Salute by Morton Gould / Kentucky Suite (Unknown) /
Hymn to the Fallen (from Saving Private Ryan) & Summon the Heroes by John Williams
|2000||Suite for Band by Gustav Holst / Legends of the Fall by James Horner / Les Preludes & Totentanz by Franz Liszt||84.950||13th|
|2001||A New Era||Fanfare for a New Era by Jack Stamp / Academic Festival Overture by Johannes Brahms /
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by Samuel Barber / Fire Storm by Stephen Bulla
|2002||Evolution||Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach / Marche Slav by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky /
Prelude by John Bogenschutz / Esprit de Corps by Robert E. Jager
|2003||Dance Portraits||Gayne Ballet by Aram Khachaturian||77.500||21st|
Through The Sands
|Music from The Mummy by Jerry Goldsmith||78.050||18th|
|2005||A Distorted Imagination||Star of Bethlehem (from Ben Hur) by Miklós Rózsa /
Pure Imagination (from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley /
The Battle (from Gladiator) by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard / Mars (from The Planets) by Gustav Holst /
Blue Shadows and Purple Hills (from Spartacus) by Alex North /
Main Title (from The Wind and The Lion) by Jerry Goldsmith /
Incantation (from Quidam) by Benoît Jutras / The Mother's Love (from Ben Hur) by Miklós Rózsa /
Bacchanale (from Samson and Delilah) by Camille Saint-Saëns /
Reunited (from Van Helsing) by Alan Silvestri /
The Horseman & Raisuli Attacks (from The Wind and The Lion)by Jerry Goldsmith
|2006||Duality||Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky / In the Spring, When Kings Go Off to War by David Holsinger /
Lost in the Darkness (from Jekyll and Hyde) by Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse /
Pie Jesu (from Requiem) by Andrew Lloyd Webber / Incantation (from Quidam) by Benoît Jutras/
Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque) by Claude Debussy /
Tenth Symphony by Dmitri Shostakovich / Original music by Steve Vento
|2007||InTheLoop||InTheLoop by Steve Vento, Shane Gwaltney, and Eric Willie||77.950||19th|
|2014||Our Heart Beats||New Life & New Tricks by Jeremy Johnson (original music written for Southwind) /
New and Old (a medley of Southwind tunes from the past arranged by Jeremy Johnson)
|2015||By The Numbers||Morning Alleluias by Ron Nelson / Romeo and Juliet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky / Symphonic Dance #3–Fiesta by Clifton Williams /
America by Dan Reynolds, Daniel Wayne Sermon, Daniel Platzman, and Ben McKee (Imagine Dragons) /
Halloween Music by Kevin MacLeod / Carol of the Bells (Traditional) adapted by Mykola Leontovych and Peter J. Wilhousky
Montgomery's Corps Song was "Now And Forever" by Carole King, and unofficially "Ol' Man River" by Jerome Kern.
Lexington's Corps Song was "Legends of the Fall" by James Horner, with lyrics by the 2000 Southwind.
In both corps, the songs were performed by the corps instrumentally or vocally before heading to the starting gate.
During Finals week the Lexington hornline would play "Legends..." for the Guard and Percussion sections, while the Montgomery hornline would perform "Ol' Man River" and/or the current year's ballad selection for the members "aging-out."
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- "Three new Open Class corps set to join the 2015 DCI Tour". Drum Corps International. May 14, 2015. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
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- "2015 SOUTHWIND STAFF". Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
- "Song History for Southwind". Maher Associates, Inc. Retrieved July 1, 2014.