About The Renegades
The Renegades were founded in 1996 by a small group of people that got together simply for the love of the drum corps activity. In February of 1999, the corps put the Renegade 2000 plan into motion, and added an infrastructure that not only included a world-class instructional staff, but a "Promotions Team" that included world class marketing, financial and legal consultants.
The mission of the Renegade organization is to bring an unprecedented awareness and appreciation of the drum corps activity to the public through a comprehensive marketing and financial plan.
The Renegades made their DCI debut in July 1999, at the Moonlight Classic contest in Stockton, California, and are one of two charter members of the newly formed DCI-Pacific Senior Division. In 2000, the Renegades fielded an expanded corps, which were received with standing ovations at every show. The year culminated with a proclamation by San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown honoring the Renegades as The Official Drum & Bugle Corps of the City of San Francisco!
The Renegades fulfilled their goal of a full complement of drums, horns, and guard members, and performing on two tours: the first to the Pacific Northwest, and second down to the Los Angeles area. Both tours and the local Northern California shows were a rousing success. In September, the Renegades Minicorps won the DCA Championship in their first appearance. The Renegades have also founded a new, non-drum corps, musical group: Renegades Taiko!
The Renegades become the first California Senior Corps to compete at DCA Championships, becoming both Finalist and Member in their first year.
The corps saw an increased dedication to competitiveness pushed by the membership who saw exactly what DCA was all about the year before. This corps worked hard all season, and under a world class instructional staff, the corps placed fourth in prelims.
The members of 2004 demonstrated the highest level of talent of any previous corps. This, coupled with the most visually and musically innovative show to date, led to a year of amazing moments that surpassed all expectation. While the season’s 6th placing at DCA Championships was a disappointment, the year set new standards in entertainment.
The Renegades raised the bar yet again. An emotional hornline, powerful drumline and ultra-clean guard saw the Renegades roaring into 5th place at DCA Championships, and establishing the corps as an unequalled crowd favorite.
This year turned out to be a banner year, after a year of hardship for all of the sections. The corps felt a lot of growing pains but grew closer together through the rough times to perform well at DCA.
“Our Year”, was the most theatric and dramatic drum corps show this corps has ever realized. The field was covered in zombies, ghouls, vampires, monsters, photographic banners of crypts, levitating coffins, and a hauntingly exciting book. This show turned heads at DCA, and the members of this corps had an experience they will never forget. The magic was amazing.
2008 marked the corps seventh year the corps traveled to perform at DCA. The year started off very energetically, with the return of Dave Watrous, and evil “circle drill.” With the corps almost full in February, they began drill, and the corps performed their entire show at the first performance of the year. From there, the show kept improving until their stellar performances at DCA.
The 2009 season saw the Renegades’ return to the top 6 at the DCA championships, as well as the highest placement ever for the percussion section. Wearing brand new uniforms, the corps showed a polished and professional look as they took to the field.
The 2010 season will be filled with more amazing adventures and excitement you won’t want to miss – including two trips to the East Coast and the first ever appearance of another DCA Finalist corps in California.
Check out the previous musical organizations that the Renegades have drawn their membership from.