San Francisco Renegades Celebrate Mexican Day of the Dead with their 2009 Production, “Dia de los Muertos”

San Francisco Renegades Celebrate Mexican Day of the Dead with their 2009 Production, “Dia de los Muertos”


SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Oct. 22, 2008) – The San Francisco Renegades Drum & Bugle Corps, the official drum & bugle corps of the city of San Francisco and a seven-time Drum Corps Associates finalist, announced their 2009 production at their awards banquet held October 20. The show, entitled “Dia de los Muertos,” is a step in a new and exciting direction for the corps, while at the same time remaining true to the group’s unique identity.

The show will reflect and represent the moods of the Spanish holiday, primarily celebrated in Mexico, that gathers families and friends together to remember those who have passed on and honor their memory.

The Renegades design team openly solicited show ideas from the corps members. The hundreds of submissions assisted them in selecting a show that best mixed the corps’ creative drive with that of its long-standing identity.

“The 2009 Renegades design team has done an amazing job sifting through many pages of wonderful show suggestions from our members and fans. Our final choice not only reflects California’s close ties with Mexico, it also gives all sections – especially our color guard – an opportunity to bring the intense excitement and pageantry of this vivid holiday to the field. It’s a perfect show to showcase what’s sure to be one of Renegades’ best seasons,” said Greg Gilman, corps director.

Songs selected for the program include Elton John’s moving “Funeral for a Friend,” “The Heat of the Day” by Pat Metheny, and the Latin drum corps favorite “One More Time, Chuck Corea.” Other selections will be announced in the coming weeks.

In addition to the show selections, it was also announced that almost the entire 2008 staff is returning for the 2009 season. The brass staff will be headed by Rich Duarte, in addition to Chris Nalls, David Landers, Greg Gilman, and returning after a yearlong absence, Larrie Dastrup. Key Poulan, noted brass arranger for groups such as the Santa Clara Vanguard, will once again write the Renegades horn book. The color guard staff will remain completely intact, with award-winning designers Mark Metzger and Vince Velasquez both returning from the 2008 staff. The visual staff, lead by caption head Dave Watrous, also remains completely intact from 2008. Assisting Watrous will be Dave Leon, Anne Bragstad, Jim Jackson and Jed Roach. Jay Murphy, visual designer for numerous bands and drum corps throughout the country, including the 12-time DCI Champion Concord Blue Devils, will return as the Renegades’ drill designer. The percussion staff includes caption head Thom Shearer, Kelly Garcia and Dan Hudson. Mike McCool, renowned program designer and consultant, will assist the corps as its Design Guru. Lee Rudnicki, a veteran of the corps staff, will return as the 2009 Renegades Executive Producer.

“Given the Renegades amazingly fun and successful 2008 season, I’m thrilled to see the return of almost every staff member for the 2009 season,” Gilman said. “The year-to-year consistency is sure to make the upcoming summer even better.”

About the Renegades

The San Francisco Renegades were founded in 1996 by a small group of people that got together simply for the love of the drum corps activity. 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. In 2002, the Renegades became the first California all-age corps to compete at the Drum Corps Associates Championships, becoming both Finalist and Member in its first year. Since then, the Renegades have been finalists every year at the DCA Championships.

2009 Renegades Present …

Día de los Muertos

Featuring hot Spanish jazz and other great music, including:

One More Time Chuck Corea
Heat of the Day (Metheny)

More selections to be announced at December Camp.

DCA 2008 Photo Essay

Prelims Hut!

PAETEC Park – earlier this afternoon

After the best rehearsal and run-through of the season, we are taking a brief break before heading to the stadium for DCA Preliminary Competition!!

Our souvie crew has been set up since early o’clock this morning.

Prop and Pit Crew have been assembled.

The weather is gorgeous; sunny and not too humid with a nice breeze … and a beautiful 79 degrees.

The Paetec Stadium field is a beautifully green, real-turf field,

All great things setting us up for perfect show conditions this evening.

Had a GREAT TIME at I&E’s last night!! Have to wish a special “RIGHT ON!!” to Sam Rabourn and Brian Sears who won 1st and 2nd in Mallet Individuals, and Dan Owens who won 2nd in Soprano Solos, and 3rd in Mellophone Solos (out of 20+). Great Job to all of our I&E Performers of the evening who performed and represented the corps throughout the evening!

The best part about I&E’s is saying “HI” to all of our friends we have made through the year … Great seeing all of you there!!

Off to the races … wish us plenty of luck!



Three Men and a Train …

3 bass drummers have decided to take the four day scenic route from sf to rochester. we’ll post updates and pictures below from “america’s best train ride”


We Have Arrived!


Union Station – Chicago, IL


Well we finally made it here to Chicago. We were five hours late, so our six hour adventure of downtown was limited to grabbing a bite to eat within our terminal. The important thing is were here in one piece, and in time for our connecting train. We should be pulling out any minute, and arriving into Rochester shortly before eleven am.

so goodnight from the Lakeshore limited train, we’ll see ya in the morning.