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Kidsgrove Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps

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A strong history and commitment to excellence and innovation are facets shared by Premier and the reigning DCUK champions Kidsgrove Scouts. The origins of the Kidsgrove Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps dates back to the early years of scouting between 1908 and 1910; in the early days the drum corps was taken to camp to do the necessary job of parading the troop on Sunday mornings as well as playing the Reveille and Lights out. During the annual camp in 1921 the corps entered the Rhyl Carnival Band Contest and won 1st prize, a silver bugle. During the years between the World Wars the Scouts led all the main parades in the area and helped to finance the local hospital.

Fire destroyed the HQ in 1960 along with all the band instruments. The corps was not insured, but rose from the ashes; borrowing drums and bugles from the North Staffordshire Boys Brigade. In the Scout Nationals of 1967 the corps marched onto the field of competition for the first time in some 40 years with 13 members, and then in 1972 Kidsgrove Scouts were crowned National Scout and Guide Band Champions. The 1980’s brought a change to G Bugles and in 1987 the name changed from “The Kidsgrove Scout and Guide Band” to the “Kidsgrove Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps”. A Colour Guard was added and the traditional Drum Major with a mace was replaced with a conductor at the front of the arena. The whole corps wore one style of uniform for the first time and the frontline pit section was added.

During the 90’s and into the millennium the corps continued to lead and innovate in the UK drum corps activity, progressing through the competitive ranks and setting high standards in musical and visual production. 2007 brought further brave and innovative direction for the corps; the management deciding it should become an open age performing unit and the formation of a junior corps with an age restriction of 16 generated huge interest from existing members and alumni, and a rehearsal schedule that aims to strike the balance between Drum Corps and family life means the future looks exceptionally bright for the corps. 

As part of Centenary celebrations during 2010 the corps will tour and compete in the Drum Corps Associates World Championships (DCA), departing early September before returning to compete in DCUK and DCE championships in late September. The tour will form a huge part of the many celebrations that will take place in the corps 100th year. 

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Equipment

Snares:

  • 38214SPX-C (x9)
    14" x 12" Revolution Series Marching Snare Drum

Multi-Tenors:

  • 38103 and 38106 (x4)
    10", 12", 13", 14" Revolution Series Multi-Tenor Set plus 6" Revolution Series Multi-Tenor Shot Drum

Bass Drums:

  • 38418SPX
    18" x 14" Revolution Series Bass Drum
  • 38420SPX
    20" x 14" Revolution Series Bass Drum
  • 38424SPX
    24" x 14" Revolution Series Bass Drum
  • 38428SPX
    28" x 14" Revolution Series Bass Drum
  • 38432SPX
    32" x 14" Revolution Series Bass Drum

Finish:

  • Emerald Sparkle Fade Lacquer (EXBF) with Diamond Chrome hardware

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