Renegades Announce MAJOR Changes for 2008 Season!!!

Renegades Announce MAJOR Changes for 2008 Season!!!


San Francisco, CA – April 1, 2008 – The San Francisco Renegades (NYSE: SFR) announced today that they have entered into an historic merger with the Blue Devils C Corps.

At the DCA World Championships, the members of BDC will be used to replace members of the Renegades mid-performance. This first-of-its-kind “second stringer” idea came to pass when one Renegades member was unable to finish a runthrough, asking his son to take his place. The idea was such a hit that the Renegades staff decided to go even younger.

“Why not get members who are as young as possible? They have all kinds of energy. Plus, we would score all kids of Cute Points!,” corps director Greg Gilman was quoted as saying.

The biggest obstacle has been scheduling rehearsals. because many members of BDC have to be in bed early (and because of California’s child labor laws), rehearsals have been moved to 7:30 a.m.

When reached for comment, Renegades President Anne Bragstad mumbled something about frogs being crunchy and then proceeded on to a ten minute diatribe about whether or not Eddie is, in fact, a rat.

ABOUT THE RENEGADES: The Renegades are 7 people and a ham sandwich.


Napa Valley Wine Tour

Don’t know the difference between a Pinot Noir and a Pinot Gris?!?!?

Is your first instinct to reach for the White Zinfandel?!?!?

Does the wine aisle leave you dry-eyed and confused?!?!?

Our very own Wino – Joe Lewis – has set up this awesome fund raising event for us … a day of food and wine!! Lots of Wine!!!

Did you know Joe has his very own wine tasting website?!?!?

We are very fortunate that he will be sharing his wine expertise with us on this fabulous day of wine tasting and yummies!!!

Here’s the Flyer!!! Paper the World!!!

Napa Valley Wine Tour
Hosted by the San Francisco Renegades

Wine enthusiasts & wine-in-a-box drinkers alike who are interested in traveling to the Napa Valley for a day of wine tasting in a comfortable, air-conditioned, chartered bus! (21 & over, please)

A special wine tasting tour hosted by the San Francisco Renegades Drum & Bugle Corps.
Costs include:

  • Chartered Bus trip from San Jose – Rutherford
  • Wine Tasting & Tasting Tips from Joe Lewis
  • Cheese, Crackers & Pasta on the bus

Visits to:

  • Niebaum-Coppola Winery
  • V. Sattui Winery
  • Silver Oak Winery, and more

Saturday, April 26, 2008
Pick-up: 9 a.m.
Drop-off: 7 p.m.

Pick-up at the VTA Milpitas Park & Ride Located at 516 Alder Drive in Milpitas – Bus Leaves at 9 a.m.
(Possible 2nd Pick-up in Emeryville)

For a wonderful day of wine tasting, food, fun and a fantastic fundraiser for the SF Renegades!

How Much??
General Admission Tickets are $75.00 /person ($100 Retail Value)

Deadline: March 25th
Payable via check to:
Renegades Association of California
660 4th Street #237
San Francisco, CA 94107
Or via PayPal:
$75.00 Ticket

For more information, please send an e-mail to:

See you at the vineyards!!

First Blood is Drawn & Margaritas are Consumed!

February 23rd, 2008
Chinese New Years’ Parade Judging Results

1st Place – SF Renegades Drum & Bugle Corps
2nd Place – Troop 12 Drum & Bugle Corps

In an urban nightscape of darkness, rain, cheering crowds, floodlights,
shadows and aided by traveling mercenaries from the Anaheim Kingsmen,
Velvet Knights, Kilties and other Drum Corps nomads, the
Renegades marched through the streets of downtown San Francisco in pursuit of
their traditional arch-rivals, the St. Mary’s Drum and Bell Corps.
Pleasing onlookers and television audiences alike, the ensemble retired
to Chevy’s for its annual post-parade celebration.

Having spent the following week drying out from the wet parade and
after-party, the Renegades spent the first weekend of March,
appropriately enough, marching.

Under the instruction and encouragement of marching Puppetmaster Dave
Watrous and his skilled staff, the drums and horns joined forces on the field to successfully complete 17 pages of drill for this year’s show, “Dark City.” Drill for Movement 1: “Prologue to Evil” and the drum feature were wisely given multiple repetitions to get the pieces under the corps’ feet. The last runthrough of the camp was a hard fought step forward in this year’s program. With substantial gains made so far, one can only lament that early
season weekends are not long enough.

The hornline continues to improve as a standstill ensemble and
demonstrated a commendable level of self-discipline. As their numbers
increase and veterans return, the Texas flavored Mellophone section is
emerging and defining its sound. And just when you thought it couldn’t
get any better, this year’s world class Renegade contra section is
stepping up seven notches on the intensity meter. With roughly 75% of
the show’s music available for memorization, the next immediate
obstacle to the hornline’s further improvement rests with how much its
individual members practice between camps. Who could ask for a more
clear-cut challenge?

The Renegades 2008 drumline continued its journey toward greatness and
proved they could march and play last camp. In particular,
listening to this year’s Renegades bass drums invokes sounds of a
well-tuned, robust 1960′s V-6 engine (slant six of course) which is
about to get even more finely tuned in the months to come.

Director Greg Gilman took a few well-spent minutes from practice for
some family time by holding the first “State of the Corps” meeting. As
the Renegades evolve into a member-driven organization in 2008, the
need for open discussion about the corps’ inner workings is essential.
Clearly, the Renegades are extremely fortunate to have the benefit
of long-time organizational experience, which is being complemented by an
environment of volunteerism growing within the active membership. With
so many individual Renegades doing what they can for the good of the
greater tribe, the season can already be declared a success.

Again, the Renegades wish to thank all those who traveled near and far
in joining us for the 2008 Chinese New Year Parade. You are invited back
for next year. A 50/50 chance rain is forecast accompanied by a 100% chance of Margaritas.

Woo hoo! CNY is Saturday!

Renegades and friends,

Woo hoo! Our biggest winter event is finally here — the infamous Chinese New Year parade! The stage is set for an amazing weekend as numerous friends from across the nation are on their way to SF to join us in the parade. This is going to be a good one!

Below is a summary of all the necessary details needed to have a great day. As usual, this parade might get wet so come prepared, especially at practice on windy Treasure Island. Remember…. Renegades pride ourselves on being an all-weather drum corps.

Finally, I heartily encourage everyone to join us at Chevy’s after the parade for a good old-fashioned party. This is one of those rare times when we don’t have practice the next day, so it gets rowdy. A good chance to eat some yummy food, drink frosty beverages and bond with your drum corps friends. Good times.

See you on Treasure Island,

Greg Gilman

In This Posting
- Memorize All Night Long
- Treasure Island (noon)
- Chevy’s For Lunch (3:30pm)
- Parade Warm Up (6:00pm)
- Chevy’s For Dinner (8:00pm)
- Parade Attire Reminder
- Hotel Info
- Additional Parade Info
- Renegades Heros
- Have Fun!

Memorize All Night Long
It’s important everyone have their gig memorized by the time they get to Treasure Island at noon. Do yourself a favor, and brush up on things in the next couple of days:


Guard Work:

Treasure Island (noon)
Saturday, Feb 23, 2008
12:00 – 3:00pm

We will be having a short rehearsal on Treasure Island beginning at noon. Everyone marching in the parade must be there to set the parade block. Expect a short warmup, followed by a relaxed music/marching rehearsal.

For those who have never been to Treasure Island, you can get exact directions here:

Note: Be careful of that first off-ramp from the bay bridge — it’s a doozy!

Chevy’s For Lunch (3:30pm)
In the break between rehearsal and the parade, everyone is encouraged to have lunch at the Chevy’s in Embarcadero 2, which is a couple of blocks away from our warm up area:

Chevy’s Fresh Mex
2 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA

Note: Be sure to get a flyer from us at rehearsal — lunch (and dinner) are Renegades fundraisers!

Parade Warm Up (6:00pm)
We will be meeting near the corner of Battery and Market at 6:00pm. It is important everyone is on-time, as we’re leaving as little “standing around time” as possible before the parade begins at 6:30.

Chevy’s For Dinner (8:00pm)
After the parade, it’s party time back at Chevy’s! This is when things get crazy… enjoy!

Chevy’s Fresh Mex
2 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA

Note: Be sure to get a flyer — your Margarita is a Renegades fundraiser!

Parade Attire Reminder
Horns, Drums and Banner: Red, long-sleeved shirt, black slacks, all black dress shoes or sneakers.

Color Guard: Black shoes, black pants, black tops and green, orange, or red accessories of any kind. In the hair, scarf, and etc. Please make the accessories noticeable.

Hotel Information
Sir Francis Drake
450 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94102

Reminder: When checking into the hotel on Saturday afternoon, be sure to return to the east side of the parade route before they start closing down streets (for instance, Chevy’s). We’ve had instances of members being “stuck” on the wrong side of the parade at warmup time. Not fun.

See this interactive map of the day’s locations for details:

Additional Parade Info
Official Parade Site:

Renegades CNY Site:

CNY Interactive Map:

Renegades Heros
- Al and Robin: A big thanks to both Al and Robin for taking care of the many details involved with getting us in the parade. Meetings, paperwork, phone calls… it’s a lot more work than most folks realize. Additionally, don’t miss the amazing drum major costumes they found for us.

- Tiffany: Additionally, a big thanks to Tiffany for setting up our Treasure Island rehearsal (including porta-potty) and our all-day fund-raiser at Chevy’s (including flyers). Great job!

- Anne: Everyone marching in the CNY will get a special, limited-edition patch featuring a very cool stylized Rat. A big thanks to Anne for making these happen — they came out great!

Have Fun!
The Chinese New Year parade is historically one of our wildest, craziest, most exciting events — even in the rain! Every year we wow the crowd. Every year something wacky happens. Every year we have a GREAT time bonding with our drum corps friends from across the country. Have fun — this is going to be a blast!

Meet the Cymbals

Once upon a time, the Renegades had one cymbal player.

His name was Ben.

Ben had no friends …

in the Renegades cymbal line.

He was all alone.

As the season progressed, the Renegades staff, members and alumni grew concerned about Ben.

So did Hammy, one of the founders of the Renegades.

“Ben needs friends” they thought.

Or the Renegades might not have a cymbal line anymore.

Then one day, evil cymbal instructor Stuart put down his music, and did a flying ninja lunging throat kick, aimed at no one in particular.

Then, he stunned the Renegades when he demonstrated the ninja art of illusion, using only drum sticks to instantly become nearly indistinguishable from a goal post.

“We will teach ninja skills … as part of the cymbal program!” Stuart yelled.

At first, Ben was not sure about this strategy.

The Heckmans were also skeptical.

But it was their birthday, which they celebrated with a Pepsi.

Othew Renegades, however, thought that teaching ninja skills was a great idea.

They demonstrated their approval of Stuart’s idea not with applause, but with displays of great aerodynamic stealth.

Within minutes of the announcement, the Renegades had another cymbal player. Her name was Ashley.

Ashley knew that she could help the ninja program, as she spoke 14 languages, including Apache and Serbo-Croatian … both of which could be helpful if DCA ever gets moved to Montana or Serbia.

Below, is cymbal player #2, Miles Davis.

Yes, that’s his real name.

Under that hat, lies 14 oz of MOSAD-grade plastic explosive, which can be deployed to help the cymbals escape from drill rehearsal at any moment.

Below, Cymbal player #3 is Harry Potter.

No, that is not his real last name. I just made that up.

Harry’s special skill is underwater ninja techique. Harry can hold his breath for up to 3 hours at a time, and once followed a dolphin to Catalina Island.

Below, cymbal player #4, aka “Ninja X,” … a former NFL player, who played 2 seasons with the Bengals. Ninja X’s special skills include the ability to run as fast as the kid from the Incredibles, and to ruin the playoff hopes of the Steelers once in a while.

Suddenly, Ben had friends.

with ninja skills.

Ben was happy.

So was Hammy.

Drill + Music = Downbeats to Midnight

Renegades Camp Feb. 2nd-3rd, 2008
Dark City Chronicle

While not quite “Gestalt on Asphalt,” this past Sunday the all-weather 2008 Renegade’s Drum and Horn lines marched and played this year’s opener. This early February marching miracle arrived thanks to the hard work and cooperation of all present.

Saturday found Dave Watrous, along with the Renegades marching staff
and drill legend Jay Murphy lifting the 2008 opening drill off graph paper in using live marchers for testing drill options and visual concepts. The dividends of this process were fresh revisions for Sunday morning’s silent drill practice. Invoking a comparison with industrious shoemaker elves (the evil yet ironically helpful kind), having completed revisions so quickly has the obvious pointed earmarks of late night efforts by the marching staff working to maximize everyone’s time and effort. Sunday’s camp culminated in several runthroughs of the opener, each improving over the last.

Ascending the podium for the first time, 2008 Renegades Drum Major Lolita Tabujara displayed intrepid resolve in directing the typical roughness accompanying early season runthroughs. She clearly possesses a talent destined to place her amongst the ranks of great Renegade Drum Majors of years past.

Equally adept at marching on rain-covered asphalt as they are turf, the Drumline continued to add snares (7+1), pit members and cymbal players this past weekend. Any potential tenor players and pit members are encouraged to dial in now as the Renegades fields one of its biggest and best Drumlines in recent years.

The Hornline made great strides while practicing two new Renegade flavored jazz numbers, “Space Shuttle” and “At Midnight Everything Changes.” The second sports a brief musical valentine to the great New York Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps. The only obstacle separating the 2008 Renegade Hornline from greatness lies in the question of which of its two budding personas will emerge dominant. The very talented Hornline occasionally dropping its focus and simultaneously biting the hand trying to feed it and ultimately itself in the rear; OR the very talented Hornline capable of quietly focusing as needed and
subsequently taking care of business. If Sunday’s practice is any indication, the latter will be appearing this summer to the greater enjoyment of fans nationwide.

In all, another excellent camp in which all present should feel a sense of accomplishment and pride. The March camp heralds the return of the Renegades Colorguard who are a pivotal point in elevating the evolving 2008 show to new heights. Spots are still available in all sections and Renegades alumni are encouraged, as always, to jump in for what is going to be a great year.

The 2008 Renegades will spend the rest of February preparing for the traditional Chinese New Year Parade and the arrival of their “Renegade for a Day” brothers and sisters from near and far. The Renegades are especially looking forward to having a large contingent of Anaheim Kingsmen making the one-day Renegade transformation as we perform and celebrate at this year’s parade. On behalf of the 2008 Renegades to those unable to join us this year, to our loved ones, alumni family, our friends everywhere and our many secret enemies befitting an organization as Evil as ours:

“Gong Hay Fat Choy!”