What is Drum Corps

Drum & Bugle Corps is also known as Drum Corps. It is a musical marching unit (similar to a marching band) consisting of brass instruments, percussion instruments, and colour guard which is put together to perform a competitive show. Most units operate as independent non-profit organisations & perform in competitions, parades, & festivals. Participants of all ages are represented within the Drum and Bugle corps activity, but the majority are between the ages of 13 and 25. Younger members can join our cadet band from the age of 8.
We participate in summer circuits like Drum Corps United Kingdon (DCUK) and British Youth Band Association (BYBA). Corps prepare a new show each year, approximately 8–12 minutes in length, and carefully refine it throughout the summer. Shows are performed on football fields and are judged in various musical and visual categories, or "captions". Musical repertoires vary widely among corps and include symphonic, jazz, big band, contemporary, rock, wind band, vocal, Broadway, and Latin music, among other genres.  

 

Where and When

The 37th Kingswood Drum and Bugle Corps meet every Tuesday evening from 7-9pm. In the winter months we practise at our Scout HQ and during the summer months we practise outside at nearby Pomphrey Hill.
We also practise from 10.00 - 6.00pm on Sundays during the summer at our Lansdown practise site. During the winter we practise at our Scout HQ approximatly every other weekend. For more details look at our schedule page where you will also find directions to all our practise sites..

Costs

 

Membership is paid per season and is collected in affordable monthly installments. Our Membership includes hire of instruments, uniforms, coaches to competitions, music & tuition and so much more. We have 5 weekend camps during the year which are held at Tewkesbury Youth Centre. These camps are always alot of fun and the members really enjoy and look forward to them. There is a minimal charge per camp but this covers accomodation and food. We are a non profit making organisation and a registered charity. All our staff and extremley tallented instructors are volunteers who have all been CRB checked. We encourage all of our members to take part in a number of fundraising events throughout the year and this enables us to keep our membership costs down.