Reading Buccaneers

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The Reading Buccaneers are a senior drum 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 five times, in 1968, 1979, 1980, 2005, and, most recently 2006, when they once again finished the season undefeated, while taking Best Percussion, and Best Visual Effect. The corps has also placed second seven times (1973, 1974, 1976, 1984, 1984, 1999, and 2001) and third seven times (1972, 1975, 1977, 1981, 2000, 2002, and 2004). They have missed being a DCA finalist only twice.



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