Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps

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Suncoast Sound
Drum and Bugle Corps
Location Clearwater, FL
Division World Class
Founded 1979
Folded 1997

Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps (also known as "Suncoast") was an Open Class/Division I (currently World Class) competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Clearwater and Pinellas Park, Florida, Suncoast Sound was a member corps of Drum Corps International (DCI) and a seven-time DCI Open Class/Division I Finalist .[1]

History[edit]

Sources:[2][3]

Suncoast Sound was founded in 1979 to allow more marching opportunities than afforded by Largo High School's Band of Gold, which had won the 1978 World Marching Band Championships in Europe. At the invitation of Queen Elizabeth, the new corps performed its first show in England for the Royal Court in place of the Band of Gold. Because of its European trip, the corps competed in only one other show before entering the DCI World Championships in Birmingham, Alabama, where it placed 40th of 43 corps.

Over the next few seasons, the corps improved each year, placing 30th in 1980, 21st in 1981, and 13th in 1982. In 1983, Suncoast won the Drum Corps South circuit championship and earned its first DCI Finals appearance, finishing in 6th place in Miami. The corps remained a DCI Finalist for the next six years with shows performed in their style known as "Sunjazz.". In 1985, Suncoast became the first DCI corps to perform an original musical program written for the corps, "Florida Suite" by Robert W. Smith, the first of three shows Smith wrote for the unit. However, the corps' expenses had consistently exceeded the funding raised by its bingo hall, and following the 1989 season, Suncoast Sound left the competition field in order to try to stabilize its finances. For the next two years, the organization was represented by two local parade and exhibition groups, the Suncoast Sound Cadets and the alumni Suncoast Gold.

After a two year hiatus, Suncoast Sound returned to competition in 1992, fielding a Division III (up to 60 members) corps, placing 5th of 28 corps that season in Whitewater, Wisconsin and 6th of 21 the following year in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1994, the corps moved to Division II, finishing 5th of 18 corps in Lowell, Massachusetts. In 1995, Suncoast again fielded a Division III corps, but by July 6, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, after only three shows, the staff realized that sufficient funds were not available to complete the season, and the corps returned to Florida, with many of the members finding places in other corps.

In 1997 several staff members from the post-1989 years attempted to field a Division III corps named Synergy Sound, but its only scheduled competition was rained out, and Suncoast Sound became a part of drum corps history.

Show Summary (1979–1995)[edit]

Source:[4]

Gold background indicates DCI Championship; pale blue background indicates DCI Class Finalist; pale green background indicates DCI semifinalist.;

Year Theme Repertoire Score Placement
1979 Mack The Knife by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht / Birdland by Joe Zawinul / Rule, Britannia! by James Thomson and Thomas Arne /
1812 Overture & Symphony No. 4 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
54.750 40th
1980 Ramparts Fanfare (Uncertain) / Symphony No. 4 by (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky / Birdland by Joe Zawinul /
The First Noel (Traditional) / Hallelujah Chorus by George Frideric Handel
60.550 30th
1981 Butterfly by Herbie Hancock and Kimiko Kasai / Lullaby of the Leaves by Bernice Petkere and Joe Young / Music Magic by Chick Corea /
Another Star by Stevie Wonder / The Greatest Love of All by Michael Masser and Linda Creed
69.900 21st
1982 You Are My Sunshine © by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell, probably written by Oliver Hood / Lullaby of the Leaves by Bernice Petkere| and Joe Young /
Music Magic byChick Corea / The Rainmaker Earl Klugh / The Greatest Love of All by Michael Masser and Linda Creed
81.100 13th
1983 Time Out & Spanish Gypsy by Don Menza / Casino by Al Di Meola /
Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (from Hair) by Galt McDermot, James Rado, and Gerome Ragni /
The Greatest Love of All by Michael Masser and Linda Creed
86.050 6th
1984 Vietnam Six O.S. by Robert W. Smith / Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (from Hair) by Galt McDermot, James Rado, and Gerome Ragni /
Requiem by Robert W. Smith / (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards /
America The Beautiful by Samuel A. Ward and Katharine Lee Bates
92.000 7th
1985 A Florida Suite Overture, A Simple Song at Sunrise & Beach Frolic (from Florida Suite) by Robert W. Smith /
Cloudburst by Allan Murray / Midnight in Miami (from Florida Suite) by Robert W. Smith
92.700 6th
1986 Adventures in Time Commencement & Quintile (from Adventures in Time) by Johnny Richards / Orion by Allan Murray and Kenny Brooks /
Artemis and Apollo, 3X3X2X2X2=72 & Aspect (from Adventures in Time) by Johnny Richards
94.800 5th
1987 My Fair Lady...
Our Way!
I've Grown Accustumed to Your Face , Get Me To the Church on Time & I Could Have Danced All Night
All from My Fair Lady by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner
88.800 9th
1988 Symphonic Dances
for the
Contemporary Child
Red and Yellow, Black and White, This is the Way We..., Wait 'Till Your Father Gets Home, WAR & For Yesterday's Child
All from Symphonic Dances for the Contemporary Child by Robert W. Smith
89.100 10th
1989 Florida Suite Overture, Beach Frolic, Native Rites, A Simple Song at Sunrise & Midnight in Miami
All from Florida Suite by Robert W. Smith
88.000 9th
1990-91 Corps inactive
1992 Hello Again Hello Again by Neil Diamond and Alan Lindgren / April in Paris by Vernon Duke and E. Y. Harburg /
The Greatest Love of All by Michael Masser and Linda Creed
80.200 5th Division III
1993 Artistry in Rhythm Artistry in Rhythm by Stan Kenton / Tribute to Kenton by Lennie Niehaus / Heavenly by Norman Whitfield /
A House Is Not a Home by Burt Bacharach and Hal David / Blues in the Night by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer
79.700 6th Division III
1994 Sing a New Song & Kyrie by Ed Nalle and Bob Kauflin / Amen by Bob Kauflin /
The Greatest Love of All by Michael Masser and Linda Creed
87.900 5th Division II
1995 Inspirational Music
by Sandy Patti
Make His Praise Glorious by Bill and Robin Wolaver / Almighty God by Greg Nelson and Phil McHugh /
Shine Down by Bob Farrell, Mark Gersmehl, and Billy Smiley

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search". Mayer & Associates, Inc./corpsreps.com. Retrieved 15 August 2016.  -
  2. ^ Suncoast Sound. A History of Drum & Bugle Corps, Vol. 2; Steve Vickers, ed. Drum Corps World. 2003. 
  3. ^ "History for Suncoast Sound". Mayer & Associates, Inc./corpsreps.com. Retrieved 15 August 2016.  -
  4. ^ "Song History for Suncoast Sound". Maher & Associates, Inc./corpsreps.com. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 

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