Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (2005)

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Velvet Knights
Drum and Bugle Corps
LocationPasadena, California
DivisionOpen Class
PresidentTroy Emmons
DirectorMayra Iraheta
Uniform(2011) White or cream
baseball uniform
w/large red VK & red belt
Baseball cap w/ red VK
Red sneakers w/black socks

Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (2005) is an inactive Open Class (formerly Divisions I & II) competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Pasadena, California, the corps competes in Drum Corps International (DCI) sanctioned shows[1]


The original Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from Anaheim, California was active from 1963 to 1996, was an eight-time DCI finalist, and was wildly popular as the "Clown Princes of Drum Corps". On October 16, 2005, VK Youth Arts Organization was formed in Pasadena, California by alumni and friends of the original corps with the intent to bring back the name and spirit of that much beloved corps. On May 16, 2007, DCI announced the approval of the new Velvet Knights Drum & Bugle Corps to march in that summer's Division II/III competition.[2]

At the 2007 DCI World Championships at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the Velvet Knights placed seventh of fifteen Division III corps. Traveling to Michigan City, Bloomington, and Indianapolis, Indiana for the DCI Open Class Championships in 2008–2010, the corps finished sixteenth of twenty-three corps in 2008, ninth of nineteen corps and in Finals in 2009, and twelfth of sixteen corps and again in Finals in 2010. The corps limited its travel to the West Coast in 2011 and 2012, and its plans to return to the DCI Open Class Championships in 2013 did not come to fruition, and the corps became inactive. No announcement has been made concerning the corps's future.[3]


The Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps is sponsored by the VK Youth Arts Organization, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that has a Board of Directors, corps directors, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. Troy Emmons is President of the Board, and Mayra Iraheta is corps director.[4]

Show summary (2007–2012)[edit]


Year Theme Repertoire Score Placement
2007 X (Ten) Blister in the Sun by Gordon Gano / Magical Mystery Tour by Lennon–McCartney /
Mirror in the Bathroom by Andy Cox, Ranking Roger, Everett Morton, David Steele, and Dave Wakeling (The Beat) /
Add It Up by Gordon Gano / Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap / More Cowbell by Clint Madsen and Craig Hiburn /
Burly Brawl (from The Matrix) by Juno Reactor vs Don Davis
75.325 7th
Div. III
2008 The Inferno Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach / Highway to Hell by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Bon Scott /
Thriller by Rod Temperton / Strangers in the Night by Bert Kaempfert, Charles Singleton, and Eddie Snyder /
La Habenera (from Carmen) by Georges Bizet / Dies Irae by Clint Madsen and Rich Hinshaw / Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz /
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle
81.575 16th
2009 Cirque d' VK Thunder & Blazes by Julius Fučík / Toy Story Jam by Randy Newman /
Mahoney’s Debut & Temper Tantrum 2 by Aaron Zigman / Flight of the Magorium by Aaron Zigman and Alexandre Desplat /
Carnival Capers by Rich Hinshaw and Tony Nelson / Hungarian Rhapsody #2 by Franz Liszt
83.65 9th
2010 Magical Mystery Tour Magical Mystery Tour by Lennon–McCartney / The Dance & They Kiss (from Romancing the Stone) by Alan Silvestri /
Jai Ho "Victory to You" (from Slumdog Millionaire) by A. R. Rahman /
La Vie En Rose by Marguerite Monnot, Louis Guglielmi, and Édith Piaf / Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld Jacques Offenbach
76.15 12th
2011 Play Ball The Final Game (from A League of Their Own) by Hans Zimmer / The Final Game (from The Natural) by Randy Newman /
Original Music by Jose Iraheta / Take Me Out to the Ballgame by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer /
Training Playoffs (from A League of Their Own) by Hans Zimmer
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2012 Moving Forward Short Ride on a Fast Machine by John Adams / Road to Chicago by Thomas Newman / 1000 Airplanes on the Roof by Philip Glass --- ---


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