Gong Xi Fa Cai!
The year of the Ox is upon us! The Renegades are ringing in the New Year by participating in the annual San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade, and we want YOU to join us! If you’ve ever been – or wanted to be – a Renegade, now is your chance!
Rehearsal will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at Treasure Island in San Francisco.
The uniform for the parade is a red long-sleeve shirt, black pants and black shoes and socks. The cost to join the Renegades for this fantastic event is only $25 and includes a free patch to commemorate your time with us! You can pay by credit card, electronic check or Paypal.
If you’ll be joining us from out of town, check the Chinese New Year web site – www.renegades.org/chinesenewyear – for music and videos of guard work for you to download and practice with before you come to rehearsal. The Renegades have also reserved a block of hotel rooms in San Francisco (check the website for more details).
After the parade, we’ll have our traditional post-parade celebration/fundraiser at Chevy’s Embarcadero. 15% of the money spent at the restaurant will be donated back to corps when you include a fund-raising flyer with your bill! (provided at the parade)
Join the Renegades for what is sure to be another spectacular performance!
Sorry if you are just now logging in to watch the video of the open house announcement. Due to certain circumstances, we have decided to not show the video yet still provide you with the audio clip of the shows debut.
Not only will you hear a description of the show given by Chris Nalls, but you will also be treated to actual sound clips of each portion of the show.
Click here to listen, and enjoy!
Spots open in all sections
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Dec. 8, 2008) – The San Francisco Renegades Drum & Bugle Corps, the official drum and bugle corps of the city of San Francisco and a seven-time Drum Corps Associates finalist, held their 2009 Open House December 6 and 7. At the initial corps meeting, Music Director Chris Nalls announced the selections for the corps’ 2009 production, entitled “Día de los Muertos.”
In addition to the previously announced selections – 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” – Nalls announced two additional pieces: the festive “Faces” by Earth, Wind & Fire, and “Amazing Grace,” a classic piece given a new twist by Renegades brass arranger Key Poulan.
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.
Each section spent the weekend learning show-related music and work. At the end of the Sunday rehearsal, the full corps gathered for a “show and tell,” with each section performing for the others. The drums played selected warm-ups and show music, the brass line performed “Funeral” and “Amazing Grace,” and the color guard performed nearly two full minutes of work from “Faces.”
While the turnout for the Open House was impressive, Renegades director Greg Gilman said that recruiting new members is still a priority for the corps. “With our lofty goals for the upcoming season, all sections are focused on larger membership,” he said. Gilman said that all sections still have openings, but the sections in more immediate need are snares, sopranos and “a few more guard spots.”
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.