Atlanta CV Drum and Bugle Corps is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization and an open class (over 65 members) drum and bugle corps in the state of Georgia. The corps is a musical performance group which consists of over 100 members playing brass and percussion instruments and spinning flags, rifles and sabers to superb achievement levels with high energy, excitement and entertainment. The performance and competitive season is during the summer months where we will perform at approximately six drum and bugle corps competitions and several parades in the South and Northeast, culminating at the championships held on Labor Day weekend. 2013 will mark our 16th year of continuous operation.
The demographics of the corps include members from ages 14 to 55. Occupations range from high school and college students to lawyers, band directors, engineers, scientists and doctors. Primary membership is from the immediate Atlanta area, but because of the corps’ great reputation for excellence we also draw members from all over the country including the states of Louisianna, Texas, Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Virginia, Louisiana, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Mississippi.
Atlanta CV started as a simple idea in the Summer of 1997. The first rehearsal of the corps, called Atlanta Corpsvets, was in January of 1998 with the very first performance occurring that March at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Atlanta. Summer of 1998 found the corps boasting a membership of 44 performers, and performing exhibitions at a local Drum Corps International (DCI) competition as well as marching in the WSB-TV Salute 2 America Parade on 4th of July in downtown Atlanta. The final performance that inaugural season was at the Drum Corps Associates (DCA) Championship in Allentown , PA where several members represented the corps in the Individual and Ensemble Competition.
Subsequent years have shown steady growth in both the membership and talent of the corps. The corps has participated in the WSB-TV Salute 2 America Parade and the Atlanta St . Patrick's Day parade. Each year the corps competes at the local DCI competitions in Georgia and Alabama as well as hosts their own drum corps competition each August.
In 1999 the corps grew to 55 members and traveled to the DCA Championships, placing 4th in the mini-corps competition. Continued growth in 2000, featured 56 members , and a second place at the DCA Championships in the Class A division. Atlanta Corpsvets had a very exciting year in 2001 when the 65 member corps won the Class A title at the championships with a record score in that division.
The following year, 2002, the corps grew to 94 members , advanced to the highly competitive Open Class Division of DCA and tied for 11th place at the championships.
Competing again in the Open Class Division, the corps passed another milestone by earning an 8th place finish at the 2003 DCA Championships in Scranton PA with the production of "The Wild Party". For 2004 the Atlanta Corpsvets fielded a production titled "The Heart of Jazz" entertaining the audience to a 10th place finish at championships. In 2005 the music of Don Ellis was presented including his great “Open Wide” and “Strawberry Soup” and moved up one position from the previous year, 9thplace.
The 2006 season had the corps on “A Trip to Vegas!”. The excitement and anticipation of arriving in Vegas peaks by opening with a screaming arrangement of the classic “Luck Be a Lady”. Followed by Michael Buble's “Feeling Good”, then the party at the “Copacabana” with Barry Manilow. The big finale had Elvis in the building with “Viva Las Vegas!” The corps achieved 9thplace at DCA championships and won the heart of many a fan with this fun visual program of pure entertainment!
The 2007 season was the tenth year for performing for the corps and the show was aptly titled “Celebration!” – 9th place. In 2008 the corps performance looked back on the roots of Appalachian music and performed a show titled “Simple Gifts” – 9th place. The 2009 season explored more southern jazz music with “Southern Suite” – 10th place. The 2010 season saw an influx of new, highly experienced staff, new uniforms, reduced member tuition, the corps largest size to date (102) and show titled “360” using music from Disney’s Millennium Celebration – 8thplace. The 2011 corps journeyed into a full classical genre featuring the music of Shostakovich’s, Jacob De Haan’s and David Holsinger with the production “Dusk to Dawn” – 8th place.
2012 saw an official name change to Atlanta CV Drum and Bugle Corps, and the production of "God Save The Queen" blended the sounds of Shostakovich, Walton and Elgar with the music of the classic rock group QUEEN.
In addition to competitive performances, the corps has also hosted educational clinics for local high school music students, performed at the Georgia Dome for the DCI Southeastern Championships, performed at the 4th of July stage show in Centennial Olympic Park, opened the Southeastern Emmy Awards show, performed the National Anthem for the Rome Braves Minor League baseball team, marched in the Old Soldier's Day Parade in Alpharetta, GA, the 4th of July Parade in Decatur, GA and the Georgia Mountain Fair Parade in Hiawassee, GA.
1998 parade & exhibition corps; DCA I&E participants; DCI exhibition corps
1999 parade & exhibition corps; 4th in DCA “mini-corps”; DCI exhibition corps
2000 2nd place DCA Class A; DCI exhibition corps
2001 1st place DCA Class A; DCI exhibition corps
2002 11th place DCA Open Class; DCI exhibition corps; DCI Atlantic member
2003 8th place DCA Open Class, DCA South region champions; DCI Atlantic member
2004 10th place DCA Open Class, DCA South region champions; DCI Atlantic member
2005 9th place DCA Open Class, DCA South region champions; DCI Atlantic member
2006 9th place DCA Open Class, DCA South region champions; DCI Atlantic member
2007 9th place DCA Open Class, DCA South region champions; DCI Atlantic member
2008 9th place DCA Open Class, DCA South region champions; DCI Atlantic member
2009 10th place DCA Open Class, DCI Atlantic member
2010 8th place DCA Open Class, DCI Atlantic member
2011 8th place DCA Open Class, DCI Atlantic member
2012 8th place DCA Open Class, DCA South region champions; DCI Atlantic member