Reading Buccaneers

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The Reading Buccaneers are a senior drum and bugle corps based in Reading, Pennsylvania. They compete in the DCA circuit in the open class.


Organized in Reading in 1957 as a parade corps, the Bucs have been competing since 1958. They rose rapidly to national prominence, capturing three consecutive VFW national championships between 1960 and 1962, the last year that a VFW Senior Champion was named.

The Buccaneers were the first corps to be crowned DCA Open Class World Champions in 1965. They have since repeated ten times: in 1968, 1979, 1980, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012. The corps has also placed second seven times (1973, 1974, 1976, 1984, 1985, 1999, 2001, and 2011) and third eight times (1972, 1975, 1977, 1981, 2000, 2002, and 2004). They have missed being a DCA finalist only twice.


At the end of every performance, the entire corps sings the corps song, "We're all Good Men."


  • The Buccaneers hold the DCA record and tie the DCI record for the longest winning streak at 64 consecutive wins. The winning streak began with the first show of the 2005 season. The winning streak finally ended September 3, 2011, when the Buccaneers placed 2nd behind Minnesota Brass Inc.

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