Santa Clara Vanguard

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Santa Clara Vanguard

Santa Clara Vanguard

Location Santa Clara Vanguard, CA
Division World Class
Founded 1967
Director Jeff Fiedler
Championship Titles 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1981, 1989, 1999,
Corps Uniform Dark green pants. Half red/half dark green jacket with a white baldric. White gauntlets. Green aussie with a white plume.

Santa Clara Vanguard is a member of Drum Corps International that competes within DCI World Class (formerly DCI Division I). The Vanguard organization also sponsors an additional corps, Vanguard Cadets, who compete in DCI Open Class (formerly DCI Division II). The corps is under the direction of CEO Jeff Fiedler.

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History

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Along with winning the 1970 American Legion Championship and 1971 VFW National Championship, the Santa Clara Vanguard is one of the founding members of DCI and a six-time DCI Champion (1973, 1974, 1978, 1981, 1989 and 1999). Vanguard is one of the premier organizations within the activity: it is the only corps to have made the top 12 every year of DCI's history, and the only organization in DCI history to have two drum and bugle corps as open class member corps in the elite Top 17 of DCI.

Vanguard in parade

SCV started in 1967 when the parents of the Sunnyvale Sparks voted to disband as a drum corps and return to their original status as a drum and bell corps with majorettes. In response, a booster club was quickly formed to organize a drum and bugle corps. Local elementary school teacher and American Legion judge Gail Royer who was the Sparks horn instructor took on the responsibility as corps director along with Joe Martinez (M&M), and Dan Barkley (Drums). In 1968 Gail became the sole Director.

While the organization got off to a slow start as funding issues were worked out, the corps really took off by the early 1970s. In 1970, they finally beat "everyone" in Milwaukee WI, causing several people in the Drum Corps media to ask..."Who are these guys?". Due to budget restraints, the Corps could not afford to go to VFW Nationals in Florida and instead carpooled up to Portland OR for the American Legion Championships where they placed 1st . The following year, the Corps established itself as a truly viable contender and won their first VFW National Championship, the equivilent of DCI today. The corps was a favorite to win the first DCI Championship in 1972, but ended taking third place to the Anaheim Kingsmen and Blue Stars. The corps would come back to take the prize the following year, along with championship wins in 1974 and 1978.

The corps quickly became known for highly creative and beautiful shows.

1969, The use of a classical piece, "Procession of the Nobles," set the stage for the sound that SCV would use for many successful years.

1972, SCV was the first to incorporate dance within a show with the "Bottle Dance" from Fiddler on the Roof.

1973, SCV introduced two-meter marching during "Young Person's Guide to Drum Corps". This literally stood the drum corps world on it's head. SCV went on to win 28 out of 29 contests that year along with their first DCI National Championship.

1979, the corps became known for twirling bedposts (Royer had bought them at a hardware store).

1981 was a challenging year going into finals. Throughout the season, the staff found that whenever SCV performed after the Blue Devils, they usually came in second. At finals, it was SCV's option to perform last, since they had won semifinals. However, in a strategic move, they opted to perform next to last in order to go before the Blue Devils. The strategy worked, and they ended up taking the championship.

The corps's reputation for creative flair continued to grow throughout the 1980s. SCV pushed the envelope with drill design by filling the 1980 show with asymmetrical forms. In 1985, the corps began using magic tricks in shows: two groups of horns marched into a tunnel wearing green pants and--continuing to play throughout--emerged wearing white pants. Competitively, the corps was tremendously strong, finishing lower than third only once (1980).

Arguably, 1989 remains SCV's most legendary year. In a second year of performing selections from Andrew Lloyd Weber's Phantom of the Opera, the show was visually much more fleshed out: the horn line and battery wore "Phantom masks," larger masks lined the field, and the pit wore "masquerade" masks. As both a symbol of unique SCV creativity and an acknowledgment to the show's source material (Phantom is known for its reliance on spectacle), the corps did what may be the most memorable magic trick in DCI history by making the corps "disappear." In a move blatantly lifted from the original stage show, the baritone soloist (dressed as the Phantom) vanished under a sheet while seated on a chair. The crowd looked up from the soloist's vanishing act to find that all the corps members had stepped behind the huge Phantom masks lining the field or under a huge sheet in the middle of the field. The corps beat out the Phantom Regiment that night with a score of 98.8, which was for years the highest score ever achieved in DCI history.

1990 saw the Vanguard stumble a bit competitively with a show based on music from Bizet's Carmen. With a much more stripped-down show than SCV was usually known for, the corps only got 6th place at finals. There was also some degree of friction between Royer and percussion caption head Ralph Hardimon, who left mid-season and went on to work with the Blue Knights. (He has since gone on to teach Capital Regiment.)

In 1991 SCV pulled out all the stops with music from the Broadway musical Miss Saigon. Two memorable moments from finals were the famed "helicopter roll" (drums played so fast and clean that the resulting sound resembled a helicopter flying overhead) and a Communist flag unfurled at the end to symbolize the fall of Saigon. It was also the first year of a major uniform change: sashes and belts were worn in place of the waist-level and shoulder-to-waist stripes). The corps got fourth place at finals, but won high percussion.

1992, the corps's 25th anniversary, was the first of many difficult years for the Vanguard. As Royer's final year as director (he announced at the beginning of the season that he would be retiring), the corps performed music from Fiddler on the Roof, which had brought them their first DCI championship in 1973. While the show was a piece of SCV excellence (the corps dressed in Jewish prayer cloths and "Tevye" hats), critics suggested the corps was trying to win a 1990s competition with a 1970s show. In the interest of making a statement, the show was stripped down to almost nothing towards the end of the season (the guard's peasant clothing was switched to plain black dresses and the show was rewritten for just one flag). The corps made 7th place at finals, but is remembered for a rip-roaring, in-your-face finals performance.

As mentioned above, SCV fell on hard times in the early 1990s. 1993 very nearly saw the end of the organization. The corps management underwent a number of changes, and many veterans--including some from the legendary 1989 show--didn't return. The corps ended up moving around 50 members up from it's cadet corps. And the organization mourned the passing of Gail Royer, who died of throat cancer halfway through the season. The corps ended up again in 7th place, but won field percussion in quarterfinals.

The Vanguard spent the next few years in the proverbial wilderness competitively, placing no higher than fifth. However, one major change was made that would produce future results: in 1996 the Vanguard Cadets director, J.W. Koester, became the 3rd Vanguard director.

1997 saw the beginning of the renaissance of the Santa Clara Vanguard. The corps got the first major uniform change in its history. The new uniform was a more contemporary style, while still retaining the felt hats, eight-pointed star, and the classic Vanguard color scheme of red, white and green. The horn line acquired a new, unique timbre and sound. And the drum line was tweaked, with the snare drums being angled slightly. It was an old look with a new approach and style, one that other corps would come to emulate. That year, the corps won quarterfinals and stayed in the top three. In the words of DCI commentator Michael Cesario, "They're back!"

In 1998, the corps's show was titled "Copland, The Modernist". SCV went into finals in third place, and then beat the Blue Devils for second place.

1999 was Vanguard's year to shine. With the show theme of "Inventions for a New Millennium," the corps's new definition of outdoor pageantry was fully developed. The corps tied the Blue Devils for first place, and were named DCI Co-Champions.

Koester's achievements--bringing the Vanguard from the middle of the pack to a championship in the space of just four years--made the organization's next decision a shock: in October 1999, just a few months after winning in Madison, Koester was fired as director. In an official announcement, the SCV Booster Board said only that it had decided to "implement a restructuring of the administrative section of the organization." In an e-mail to 1999 corps members, Koester himself offered little else in the way of an explanation, only saying that the SCV board of directors decided a change was needed after he received poor marks in several areas on his yearly review. To this date, no specific reasons have been given publicly for Koester's dismissal.

Rick Valenzuela was tapped to replace Koester as corps director. Under his leadership, the Santa Clara Vanguard remained in the forefront of DCI competition; from 2000 to 2004, the corps placed no lower than fifth. In 2002, the uniform was again updated; a slightly lighter shade of green was used, and the shoulder blades so familiar from uniforms like the Cavaliers, Glassmen and Phantom Regiment were introduced.

In 2004, the corps again broke into the top 3, and won high percussion. With such a strong finish, it looked like the Vanguard might be poised to make another run for the title; going into 2005, there was a lot of buzz around the organization. The corps again changed to a new uniform: while retaining the overall style of the 2002-2004 uniform, the Vanguard switched back to the old color scheme of red jackets and white pants, with green accents. The show repertoire also held tremendous promise, bringing back "Russian Christmas Music", an old Vanguard classic.

All that potential and promise made 2005 such an unfortunate year for the organization. Ranked 9th for much of the season, the corps managed to pull ahead of the Boston Crusaders for an 8th place finish in finals, the organization's lowest placement in DCI history. Among other challenges: a number of drill and visual changes early in the season, resulted in the corps not cleaning the drill until late in the season.

Shortly after the end of the 2005 season, Rick Valenzuela announced his resignation as corps director. After a search, Jeff Pearson was selected as the new corps director. While Pearson doesn't have a career in music, he marched with the Vanguard for five years, becoming drum major his age-out year in 1985. His wife Kathy also marched for nine years, was the color guard captain her last three years, and was on the color guard staff from 1989 through 1992.

On October 9th, 2006, the Vanguard announced their show themes for the rest of the decade: ! in 2007, 3hree in 2008, and what was supposed to be 'Clue in 2009. SCV decided to go a different direction in 2009, by canceling ""Clue"" and replacing it with ""Ballet for Martha"".

The 2009 show was all music from Copland's Ballet for Martha, better known as Appalachian Spring. The show incorporated dance and movement from the actual ballet produced by Martha Graham. They finished in 5th place, and a notable 2nd place finish in brass. PRior to the year was the release of Jeff Pearson and a joint appointment of Jeff Fiedler, and JW Koester as corps directors.

2010 was '"Bartok"". An intellectual show that many drum crops fans just did not seem to get. They ended up with a disappointing 7th place finish just barely ahead of the Blue Stars.

The Mission

To provide the opportunity for people of all ages to develop an appreciation for the performing arts through participation, thus instilling characteristics of integrity, dedication, excellence and good citizenship.

The Vision

To continue a tradition of pride, respect, and excellence of a champion.

Gail "GR" Royer - Founder

Gail Royer's legacy in drum corps is second to none and his contribution are ever lasting even long after his passing away. Today in drum corps you say the name Gail Royer and faces light up and then a stories comes out about a fond memory of a very special person. Everything from “I owe him so much for introducing me to drum corps” to “Gail Royer rubbed my belly for good luck when I was pregnant”. Gail was a special man who dedicated his life to drum corps and helped establish what drum corps is today. Gail started in drum corps as a simple VFW/AL horn judge and branched out as the horn instructor for the Gouchos of Gowrie, Iowa and later moved to Sunnyvale California where he started working with a small drum and bugle corps called the Sparks. The Sparks Drum & Bugle Corps later went on to become the Santa Clara Vanguard with Gail Royer as its first director. As the director and horn instructor/music arranger of the Santa Clara Vanguard, Gail Royer took an unknown drum corps from California and went on to become AL National Champions (1970), VFW National Champions (1971) as well as DCI Champions (1973, 1974, 1978, 1981, 1989). Gail along with other notable directors went on to create to what is today Drum Corps International. From his humble beginning as a horn judge to being one of the drum corps best ambassadors, Gail Royer always kept his focused on his kids and how best to improve the sport of drum corps.

Shows by year

Note: All scores given for DCI World Championships for a given year, regardless of performance in other circuits (eg. 1983).

1967

  • Repertoire:
    • The Big Country
    • Theme from The Cardinal
    • Man of La Mancha
    • Born Free
    • Theme from Burke's Law
    • Almost There

1968

  • Repertoire:
    • Procession Of The Nobles
    • The Big Country
    • Step To The Rear (from How Now, Dow Jones)
    • You Are My Soul And Inspiration
    • Going Out Of My Head
    • By The Time I Get To Phoenix

1969

  • Repertoire:
    • Procession Of The Nobles
    • Chester Overture
    • Turkey Lurkey Time (from Promises, Promises)
    • Promises, Promises
    • Más Que Nada
    • You Make Me So Very Happy
    • By The Time I Get To Phoenix

1970

  • American Legion National Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • Festive Overture
    • Procession Of The Nobles
    • Chester Overture
    • Miracle Of Miracles (from Fiddler On The Roof)
    • Matchmaker (from Fiddler On The Roof)
    • If I Were A Rich Man (from Fiddler On The Roof)
    • Bridge Over Troubled Water

1971

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars National Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • Overture To The Globe Playhouse (from Henry V)
    • Now Thank We All Our God
    • Miracle Of Miracles (from Fiddler On The Roof)
    • Tradition (from Fiddler On The Roof)
    • Matchmaker (from Fiddler On The Roof)
    • If I Were A Rich Man (from Fiddler On The Roof)
    • Greensleeves

1972

  • DCI Bronze Medalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Fanfare and Allegro
    • Henry V
    • Now Thank We All Our God
    • Wedding Celebration and Bottle Dance (from Fiddler On The Roof)
    • If I Were A Rich Man (from Fiddler On The Roof)
    • Chava Ballet (from Fiddler On The Roof)
  • Placement: 3rd
  • Score: 87.35

1973

  • Drum Corps International World Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • Fanfare and Allegro
    • A Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra
    • Wedding Celebration and Bottle Dance (from Fiddler On The Roof)
    • Chava Ballet (from Fiddler On The Roof)
  • Placement: 1st
  • 88.65

1974

  • Drum Corps International World Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • Gotterdammerung
    • A Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra
    • Overture to Candide
    • Weekend In The Country (from A Little Night Music)
    • Send In The Clowns (from A Little Night Music)
  • Placement: 1st
  • Score: 89.50

1975

  • DCI Open Class Silver Medalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Entrance Of The Emperor And His Court (from Hary Janos Suite)
    • Dance Of The Buffoons
    • To Life (from Fiddler On The Roof)
    • If I Were A Rich Man (from Fiddler On The Roof)
    • Sabbath Prayer (from Fiddler On The Roof)
    • Chava Ballet (from Fiddler On The Roof)
    • Bottle Dance (from Fiddler On The Roof)
  • Placement: 2nd
  • Score: 91.00

1976

  • DCI Open Class Bronze Medalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Hary Janos Suite
    • Appalachian Spring
    • Black Orchid
    • Send In The Clowns (from A Little Night Music)
  • Placement: 3rd
  • Score: 89.50

1977

  • DCI Open Class Bronze Medalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Overture To A New Era
    • Appalachian Spring
    • Make Our Garden Grow (from Candide)
  • Placement: 3rd
  • Score: 89.85

1978

  • Drum Corps International World Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • Overture To A New Era
    • Dance of Welcome (from Gayane)
    • Adagio (from Gayane)
    • Lezghinka (from Gayane)
    • Gopak (from Gayane)
    • If You Believe (from The Wiz)
    • Bottle Dance (from Fiddler On The Roof)
  • Placement: 1st
  • Score: 91.55

1979

  • DCI Open Class Bronze Medalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Verdi's Requiem
    • Adagio (from Gayane)
    • Lezghinka (from Gayane)
    • Gopak (from Gayane)
    • If You Believe (from The Wiz)
    • Bottle Dance (from Fiddler On The Roof)
  • Placement: 3rd
  • Score: 90.70

1980

  • DCI Open Class Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Symphony No. 4, Op. 36
    • Procession Of The Nobles
    • Stone Ground Seven
    • Selections from Evita
    • Jupiter (from the Planets)
  • Placement: 7th
  • Score: 85.60

1981

  • Drum Corps International World Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • Northridge
    • A Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra
    • Slava
    • Don't Cry For Me Argentina (from Evita)
  • Placement: 1st
  • Score: 94.00

1982

  • DCI Open Class Silver Medalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Symphony No. 3
    • Capriccio Espagnol
    • Slava
    • Appalachian Spring
    • Bottle Dance (from Fiddler On The Roof)
  • Placement: 2nd
  • Score: 93.55

1983

  • DCI Open Class Bronze Medalist
  • Catholic Youth Organization National Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • Symphony No. 3
    • On The Town
    • Appalachian Spring
    • Dream Sequence (from The Red Pony)
  • Placement: 3rd
  • Score: 92.75

1984

  • DCI Open Class Bronze Medalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Fanfare and Allegro
    • Musika Bohema
    • One The Town
    • Tender Land
  • Placement: 3rd
  • Score: 97.40

1985

  • DCI Open Class Silver Medalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Festive Overture
    • Grover's Corner (from Our Town)
    • Tender Land
    • The Red Pony
  • Placement: 2nd
  • Score: 97.20

1986

  • DCI Open Class Silver Medalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Festive Overture
    • Pictures At An Exhibition
  • Placement: 2nd
  • Score: 97.00

1987

  • DCI Open Class Silver Medalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Russian Christmas Music
    • Dance Of The Tumblers
    • Lezghinka (from Gayane)
    • Lullaby (from Gayane)
    • The Hut On Fowl's Legs (from Pictures At An Exhibition)
    • Great Gate At Kiev (from Pictures At An Exhibition)
  • Placement: 2nd
  • Score: 97.80

1988

  • DCI Open Class Silver Medalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Phantom Of The Opera
      • Music Of The Night
      • Angel Of Music
      • Phantom Of The Opera
      • Masquerade
      • Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again
      • Track Down This Murderer
      • All I Ask Of You
  • Placement: 2nd
  • Score: 96.90

1989

  • Drum Corps International World Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • Phantom Of The Opera
      • Angel Of Music
      • Phantom Of The Opera
      • Masquerade
      • Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again
      • Don Juan Triumphant
      • Music Of The Night
  • Placement: 1st
  • Score: 98.80

1990

  • DCI Open Class Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Carmen
      • Prelude and March
      • Intermezzo
      • March Of The Toreadors
      • Changing Of The Guard
      • Allegro Moderato
      • Habañera
      • Gypsy Dance
  • Placement: 6th
  • Score: 94.00

1991

  • DCI Open Class Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Miss Saigon
      • Overture
      • What's This I Find?
      • Sun And Moon
      • Morning Of The Dragon
      • Wedding Ceremony
      • The Fall Of Saigon
  • Placement: 4th
  • Score: 94.40

1992

  • DCI Division I Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Fiddler On The Roof
      • Tradition
      • Sabbath Prayer
      • To Life
      • If I Were A Rich Man
      • Chava Ballet
      • Wedding Celebration
      • Bottle Dance
  • Placement: 7
  • Score: 91.80

1993

  • DCI Division I Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • A Walton Trilogy
      • Johannesburg Festival Overture
      • Richard III
      • Agincourt Song (form Henry V)
  • Placement: 7th
  • Placement: 90.40

1994

  • DCI Division I Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • The Red Poppy
      • Hymn To Red October
      • Triumphal Dance Of The Coolies
      • Chinese Dances
      • Phoenix
      • Russian Sailor's Dance
      • Great Gate At Kiev (from Pictures At An Exhibition)
  • Placement: 5th
  • Score: 92.30

1995

  • DCI Division I Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Not The Nutcracker
      • The Clock Breaks
      • War Of The Nuts
      • Romance And Seduction
      • Celebration
      • The Journey Concludes
  • Placement: 6th
  • Score: 91.90

1996

  • DCI Division I Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • La Mer
      • First Movement
      • The Ocean
      • The Skyboat (from Waterworld)
      • Third Movement
  • Placement: 5th
  • Score: 92.30

1997

  • DCI Division I Bronze Medalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Fog City Sketches
      • A Lonely Street
      • The City's Edge (from On The Waterfront)
      • City Dreams (from On The Waterfront)
      • A Day In The Park (from Age of Anxiety)
      • The Golden Gate (from Age of Anxiety)
      • Fog City Sketches
  • Placement: 3rd
  • Score: 96.90

1998

  • DCI Division I Silver Medalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Copland, The Modernist
      • Grohg
      • Dance Panels
      • Down A Country Lane
      • Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The Chorus Girls Dance
      • Dance Symphony
  • Placement: 2nd
  • Score: 97.90

1999

  • Drum Corps International World Champion (shared with the Blue Devils)
  • Repertoire:
    • Inventions For A New Milennium
      • The Canyon
      • Symphony No. 2
      • Symphony No. 1
      • Blue Shades
  • Placement: 1st (tie)
  • Score: 98.40

2000

  • DCI Division I Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • The Age Of Reverence
      • Prayer No. 4 (from Prayers Of Kierkegaard)
      • Allegro Molto (from String Quartet No. 4)
      • Movement 3 (from Piano Concerto No. 1)
      • Adagio For Strings
      • Stained Glass
  • Placement: 4th

Score: 94.70

2001

  • DCI Division I Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • New Era Metropolis
      • The Alarm
      • Short Ride In A Fast Machine
      • Jug Blues
      • Fat Pickin'
      • Variants On A Medieval Tune
      • New Era Dance
  • Placement: 4th
  • Score: 95.35

2002

  • DCI Division I Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Sound, Shape, and Color
      • Trivandrum
      • Symphony No. 2
      • Movement 2 (from Symphony for Organ and Orchestra)
      • Movement 3 (from Symphony for Organ and Orchestra)
  • Placement: 4th
  • Score: 95.65

2003

  • DCI Division I Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Pathways
      • Orawa For Orchestra
      • One Man Show (from Pollock)
      • Anima Mundi
  • Placement: 5th
  • Score: 94.70

2004

  • DCI Division I Bronze Medalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Attraction: The Music of Scheherazade
  • Placement: 3rd
  • Score: 96.825

2005

  • DCI Division I Finalist
  • Repertoire
    • Russia: Revolution-Evolution: 1917-1991
      • Russian Christmas Music
      • Symphony No. 12 "The Year 1917"
  • Placement: 8th
  • Score: 88.650

2006

  • DCI Division I Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Moto Perpetuo
      • Chains Of Reaction
      • Newton's Cradle
      • Echoes Of Time
      • The Speed Of Light
  • Placement: 6th
  • Score: 92.350

2007

  • DCI Division I Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • ! (Eureka)
      • Introduction (from Daphnis and Chloé)
      • War Dance (from Daphnis and Chloé)
      • Movement 2 (from String Quart in F Major)
      • Romanian Dance For Orchestra, Sz. 47a
      • San Gregorio Magno (from Vetrate Di Chiesa)
      • Finale (from Daphnis and Chloé)
  • Placement: 5th
  • Score: 94.175

2008

  • DCI World Class Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • 3HREE
      • The Chairman Dances
      • The Man In the Bath
      • Eclipse
      • Cloudburst
  • Placement: 7th
  • Score: 93.025

2009

  • DCI World Class Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Ballet for Martha
      • Appalachian Spring
  • Placement: 5th
  • Score: 95.650

2010

  • DCI World Class Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Bartok
      • Concerto for Orchestra
      • Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta
  • Placement: 7th
  • Score: 92.00

2011

  • DCI World Class Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • The Devil's Staircase
      • First Essay for Orchestra, Op. 12
      • Piano Sonata No. 2
      • Eternal Knot
      • Etudes for Piano, No. 13 (The Devil's Staircase)
  • Placement: 6th
  • Score: 92.20

2012

  • DCI World Class
  • Repertoire:
    • Music of the Starry Night
      • Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine
      • Hymn to a Blue Hour
      • Mars (from The Planets)
      • Jupiter (from The Planets)

Traditions

The Chicken Call

The chicken call was first used in 1967 - Santa Clara's first year of competition. When the corps would come out to the starting line and when all preparations were complete, Dan Pritchard (Chicken I) would let out the Chicken Call to the entire corps to loosen everybody up before we stepped off (Gail loved it). Dan would let out the Chicken Call before every show that year. After Dan Pritchard aged out the Chicken Call was turned over to Charlie Anderson (Chicken II) who carried on the tradition. (No longer in use)

Send in the Clowns

"Send in the Clowns", originally arranged for the corps by founding director Gail Royer and included in the 1974 repertoire, has since become the so-called "corps song", which the hornline only plays on certain occasions, most notably at the end of an encore performance as well as at the Vanguard rehearsal site at the end of the season. It is also the corps's way of saying a bittersweet goodbye: the corps performed the song at the funeral for bass drummer Art Velarde, and to console a support staff member regarding the loss of his brother.

The Bottle Dance

1972 was the first year the corps played the legendary "Bottle Dance" from “Fiddler on the Roof" which went on to become SCV's trademark. The famous color guard "Bottle Dance" was later added in 1973. DCI finals was held that year at Warhawk Stadium in Whitewater, WI. The 1973 season was one of intense competition: the only corps to beat SCV that season was the Troopers, and then by a mere .1. SCV won 27 contests that year, including their first DCI World Championship. Many still consider the "Bottle Dance" to be the first introduction of dance onto the field.

1979 - Towards the end of the season, Gail Royer announced behind closed doors that the finals show would have a "surprise" ending. This was considered so "top secret" that only marching members and staff were in on the plan: the hornline was not allowed to rehearse the finale outside, and typically played into pillows to muffle the sound.

The Uniform

The original uniforms (originally from the Santa Clara Green Dragons) of the Vanguard were made up from the old Sparks Drum and Bugle Corps spanish/goucho uniforms (green satin with a red stripe) which were slowly converted to have more of an Aussie look. What was an original spanish uniform was converted to remove the kickout (bellbottom) pant and pushing up one side of the spanish hat, added a white feather and ribbon. The green satin uniform was used from 1967 to 1971. The first year of the classic red uniforms came in 1972. These uniforms were used till they got their first major redesign in 1996, and have undergone other changes over the years. The diagonal stripe from the right shoulder to the left hip, along with the color scheme of red, green and white, has become an SCV tradition. Below is a collection of pictures of uniforms donned by SCV (left to right: 1972, 1984, 1989, 2004, 2005)

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The Aussie

They're not hats; they're SCV Aussies. Introduced in 1972, the sixth season of the corps' existence, the Aussie has been a part of the uniform almost every year since. Before entering the performance field, the members put their feathers up; they put them down after they march off. The only exception to this is the bass drum line, which leaves their feathers down the whole time because of the "wave" visual that SCV started. Their mallets would keep hitting the feathers if they did it with their feathers up. Two exceptions were 1987 and 1992. In 1987 the corps used black "Cossack" hats instead, to go along with the show. In 1992 the corps wore black "Peasant" hats symbolic of the hats worn by Orthodox Jewish men during the period in Russia. It should be noted that the Aussie was still worn with the feathers up during Retreat for both of these years. The Aussie is traditionally dark green, however in 1989 they were black, as are the current Drum Major Aussies.

The Feather

All members of the battery and horn line have three genuine ostrich feathers in their aussies - one red and two white. Other colors have been added or removed in the past. White only, and white/red/black have also been used. Age-outs also wear a green feather, but only do so on the finals night performance, having received the feather prior in the Green Feather Ceremony. The drum majors wear a black one. Age-outs in the pit and color guard (who don't wear aussies with their uniforms) pin a piece of the green feather that they receive in the Green Feather Ceremony to their uniform, to signify their age-out status, again only on finals night performance. This is a newer tradition as the green feather ceremony used to not take place until the parade after finals in Santa Clara. The feathers were worn for the parade and not even available until then.

The Green Feather/"Age Out" Feather

The Star

The eight-pointed star, which arrived as part of the first red uniforms in 1972, is now a trademark symbol of the Vanguard. It is pinned on the left breast of the tunic of most brass and percussion members, significant in its placement in that it is over the member's heart. The two exceptions are the tuba/contra line and the bass drums. The contras wear the star in the middle of the chest over the sternum (in prior years the rifle line also wore the star this manner): due to the very athletic manner they bring their horns up to play, the stars would be broken if they were worn over the left breast. The bass drums are the only members of the battery who wear their stars elsewhere; they are worn on the bottom left side of the tunic because they have their drum directly in front of them, and the star would be obscured.

Each year, the members keep their stars; when they age out, they affix their stars above the embroidered Vanguard star their corps jackets.

The Star

Eights and Eights

Eights and eights is to the marching aspect what "Send in the Clowns" is to the music. The corps does it with the same style of high-mark-time that the corps did in the early years. High-mark-time eight, forward eight; 8 to 5, and repeat. The horns are at a carry at the beginning of the exercise. After marking time eight, the horns are snapped up to playing position on the first forward step, and snapped back down on the first high-mark step each time. Eights and eights are begun with a "mark time mark" command, and stopped with a "ready, halt" command. A dress command is then called, with a few moments allowed for any adjustments needed, then a "ready, front" is given. It is at this point in warm-up before shows that you can usually see the members of the hornline at their most intensely focused, and eights and eights are concluded with a parade rest command. It is performed at the gate before every show and as a farewell ritual for the age-outs. After the last rehearsal on finals day (the last day of the season) all the age-outs with their corps jackets, line up on their last rehearsal field, ever, for this very special penultimate performance of "Eights and Eights." This is known usually as "Age-out Basics."

Vanguard Moment/Vanguard Yell

A newer tradition, each year in Vanguard's closer, usually just before the main climax of the show, there is what is called a "Vanguard Moment," which is an abrupt, generally two-measure long, period of silence, which is accompanied by the Vanguard Yell from the audience. (Here's an example from the 2006 show: "Moto Perpetuo")

There is much debate in the drum corps community as to when this tradition actually started and when it was first planned as an effect. It was mentioned in the designers' commentary in the 2004 DCI DVD, making that the first known deliberate Vanguard Moment.

In 2007, Key Poulan wrote two Vanguard Moments into their ! show. The first was closer to the beginning of the show when the corps made an exclamation point in the drill. Poulan stated that "Eureka!" was to be yelled instead of the typical Vanguard Yell. The second Vanguard Moment was in the closer, accompanied by the Vanguard Yell, as is the norm.

The Cymbal "V"

One of the Vanguard's more famous traditions is the flash of the Vanguard "V" at the end of their show. After the last chord or note of the show is played, the members of the cymbal line swiftly arrange their cymbals into a "v" shape for the audience, this usually being the final act of the show. This tradition is unique in that the Vanguard is one of the few remaining drum corps that still marches cymbals on the field.

The famous Vanguard Cymbal "V"

Trivia

  • SCV is the only corps to have made the finals performance every year of DCI's existance.
  • The corps has won the highest number of DCI championship percussion titles.
  • SCV's record-high score of 98.8, set in 1989, remained untouched for 13 years.
  • SCV was the first DCI corps to fully incorporate asymmetrical drill (1980).
  • Since 1972, SCV has an average finish of 3.6th place at the annual DCI World Championships.
  • SCV has placed 2nd seven times and 3rd eight times.

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