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Vanguard Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps

Vanguard Cadets
Drum and Bugle Corps
Santa Clara Vanguard logo
Location Santa Clara, CA
Division Open Class
Founded 1971
Director Steve Barnhill
Championship titles DCI Division II' 2000
Open Class, 2008 & 2013

The Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, known as SCVC or simply as the Vanguard Cadets, is an Open Class (formerly Division II/III) competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Santa Clara, California, the corps is a member of Drum Corps International (DCI) and is the cadet corps of the World Class (formerly Division I) Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. On August 6, 2013, the Vanguard Cadets won its third DCI World Championship in its class.[1]


The Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets were formed in 1971 as a cadet feeder and training corps for the rapidly developing Santa Clara Vanguard. Starting out as a parade corps, by the middle of the Seventies, the corps had become a field corps that was more cute than competitive, but by the end of that decade, the Vanguard Cadets had become a truly competitive Class A corps within the West Coast region. The corps did its first major touring in 1990, going as far East as Dallas and Tulsa. In 1991, the corps traveled all the way to Marion, Ohio for the U.S. Open before attending its first DCI World Championships in Dallas, where if placed fourth of nineteen Class A corps, and advanced to Open Class prelims, finishing twenty-seventh of twenty-nine corps. In 1993, the corps became the first cadet corps to achieve DCI membership. However, as a cadet corps with membership generally from ages 15 through 21, the corps does not travel to the DCI World Championships every year, so this membership has not always been retained. Despite their cadet corps status, the Vanguard Cadets won their division in 2000, 2008, and 2013.[2]


The Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps is sponsored by the Santa Clara Vanguard Booster Club, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has a Board of Directors, corps director, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. Jeff Fiedler is the Chief Executive Officer, and Kathy Serksnis is the Chief Operating Officer. The organization also sponsors the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, the Santa Clara Vanguard Independent World Winter Guard, the Vanguard Winter Percussion, and the Vanguard Dance Company.[3]

Show summary 1982-2014


Year Theme Repertoire Score Placement
1982 Main Theme & Can You Read My Mind (from the film, Superman) by John Williams /
The Eagle and the Hawk by John Denver and Mike Taylor
1983 Festive Overture by Dmitri Shostakovich / Main Theme (from the film, Superman) by John Williams /
Battle in the Mutara Nebula (from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn) by James Horner /
When You Wish Upon a Star (from Pinocchio) by Ned Washington / If You Believe (from The Wiz) by Charlie Smalls
1984 Festive Overture by Dmitri Shostakovich / Superman Medley by John Williams / Last Chance to Dance by T-Bone Burnett /
Black Saddle by Michael Hennagin / If You Believe (from The Wiz) by Charlie Smalls
1985 Conquest (from Captain From Castile) by Alfred Newman / Forgotten Dreams by Leroy Anderson /
Hungarian Dance No. 2 by Johannes Brahms /
You'll Never Walk Alone (from Carousel) by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
1986 Land of Make Believe by Chuck Mangione / Baja by Ary Barroso /
You Can't Hurry Love by Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland /
Imagine by John Lennon / Black Saddle by Michael Hennagin / Tradition (from Fiddler on the Roof) by Jerry Bock
1987 The Voyage Home (From Star Trek IV) by John Williams / Echano (from Children of Sanchez) by Chuck Mangione /
Clock by John Holt / Land of Make Believe by Chuck Mangione
1988 Scenes From the Louvre by Ottorino Respighi / Wild Life Market Street (Unknown) /
In the Stone by Allee Willis, David Foster, and Maurice White /
Theme from Dirty Dancing by John Morris / Henry V by Sir William Walton
1989 Mutiny on the Bounty by David Cooke / Children's Crusade by Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner /
Hopak (Traditional?) / Waterskiing (Unknon) /
On My Own (from Les Misérables) by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, and Jean-Marc Natel
1990 Russian Sailor's Dance (from The Red Poppy) by Reinhold Gliere /
Who Will Buy (from Oliver) by Lionel Bart / If You Believe (from The Wiz) by Charlie Smalls
1991 Theme from The Big Country by Jerome Moross / In Quiet Dignity & Echoes of Ancient Battles by Checkfield /
This is One of Those Moments (from Yentl) by Michel Legrand / Anything but Lonely (from Apects of Love) by Andrew Lloyd Webber
4th Div.II
27th Div.I
1992 Selections from
Robin Hood
Prince of Thieves
Overture, Maid Marion, Little John and the Band in the Forest & The Final Battle at the Gallows
From Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves by Michael Kamen /
Danza Final (From Estancia Ballet) by Alberto Ginestera
1993 Selections from
Far and Away
Land Race, Oklahoma Territory, Blowing Off Steam, The Big Match & Race to the River (from Far and Away) by John Williams 92.6
2nd Div.II
25th Div.I
1994 The Music of
Michael Kamen
Courante (from The Three Musketeers), Concerto for Saxophone, Estampie (from The Three Musketeers),
Shining Through & Galliard (from The Three Musketeers)
All by Michael Kamen
1995 The Red Pony by Aaron Copland / Fall River Legend by Morton Gould / Wyatt Earp by James Newton Howard
1996 Piano Concerto No. 2, First Movement by Béla Bartók / Dance of the Comedians by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky /
Ballet Suite No 3 by Dmitri Shostakovich / Alexander Nevsky by Sergei Prokofiev
1998 Selections from
the Broadway Musical
The Boarding-Godspeed Titanic, Barrett's Song by Maury Yetson, The Proposal & Ship of Dreams by Maury Yetson 93.7 5th Div.II
1999 Scenes From the Louvre by Ottorino Respighi /
The Gathering of the Ranks at Hebron by David Holsinger / Merry Mount Suite by Howard Hanson
2000 Journey From
The Darkness
The Dream of Oenghus by Rolf Rudin / Song of Moses by David Holsinger /
Message of the Man; The Cave, The Struggle and Man From The Light!; Main From Light! & Escape...Into The Light!
(from Escape From Plato's Cave) by Stephen Melillo
1st Div.II
17th Div.I
2001 Tempered Steel by Charles Rochester Young / Partita by Philip Sparke /
The Gift of Love & Time to Take Back the Knights by Stephen Melillo
2002 Molto Ritmico & Lento (from Dance Movements) by Philip Sparke / Timestorm (from Stormworks) by Stephen Melillo /
Easter Symphony by David Holsinger
94.35 4th Div.II
2003 Overture to a New Era by Caesar Giovannini / Urban Dances by Richard Danielpour / American Beauty by Thomas Newman /
Easter Symphony by David Holsinger
2004 Engulfed Cathedral by Claude Debussy / The New Moon in the Old Man's Arms by Michael Kamen /
New Beginnings & Celebration Overture by Peter Boyer
94.725 3rd Div.II
2005 Through the Rainforest & The Anaconda (from Amazonian Rainforest) by Key Poulan /
Message of The Man (from Escape From Plato's Cave) by Stephan Melillo /
Sentenced to Death & The Descent into the Dark Unknown (from Pit and the Pendulum)
& Checkered Flag (from Need for Speed) by Key Poulan
2006 Innovations Mishima: Opening, Primary Number (from Naqoyqatsi) by Philip Glass / Water Dances: Gliding by Michael Nyman /
The Grid (from Koyaanisqatsi) by Philip Glass
89.925 5th Div.II
2007 Ascension: Music from
The Divine Comedy
Purgatory, Inferno, Paradise & Ascension by Robert W. Smith 90.4 5th Div.II
2008 Perspectives Perspectives by James Peterson and Robby Elfman 96.825 1st Open Class
2009 Love When I Fall in Love by Edward Heyman / Seasons of Love (from Rent) by Jonathon Larson and Freddie Mercury /
Elephant Love Medley & Tango de Roxanne (from Moulin Rouge) by Will Jennings and Joe Sample /
Nessun Dorma (from Turandot) by Giacomo Puccini
94.7 2nd Open Class
2010 Chakra Introduction, Root and Sacral Chakras / Solar and Heart Chakras / Throat Chakra / Head and Crown Chakras
All by Key Poulan
2011 Balance Symmetry / Equilibrium / Harmony / Equality all by Key Poulan, Nate Bourg and Murray Gusseck 94.2
3rd Open Class
23rd World Class
2012 Heroes and Legends Featuring music by Samuel Barber, Jeff Beal, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Modeste Mussorgsky,
Key Poulan, Alfred Reed and Camille Saint-Saëns
3rd Open Class
22d World Class
2013 The Art of War Unto the Breach by Key Poulan / Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky /
Elegy for Dunkirk from 'Atonement' by Dario Marianelli /
Hut of Baba Yaga from Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky /
Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber / The Promise of Living (from Tender Land) by Aaron Copland
1st Open Class
21st World Class
2014 The Road Not Taken Kaval Sviri (Bulgarian Traditional) / Meetings Along the Edge by Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar /
Forbidden Friendship & Test Drive (from How to Train Your Dragon) by John Powell / Symphony #5 by Ludwig van Beethoven /
I'll Stand by You by Chrissie Hynde, Tom Kelly, and Billy Steinberg
2nd Open Class
18th World Class


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