We Need New Drums!

We Need New Drums!

The Renegades need new drums, and YOU can help make it happen!

The Renegades drum line is larger at this point in the season than any line in recent memory. With sectionals being held outside normal corps rehearsals, the 2008 Renegades drum line is quickly proving to be a driving force behind what is sure to be a successful season.

However, as often happens in drum corps, the elements take their toll on the equipment a drum corps uses. For drummers, this is especially true. The wear and tear on our battery percussion instruments has been great, and we are in desperate need of a new set of drums. Unlike most junior corps, the Renegades aren’t fortunate enough to have a corporate sponsor who provides a new set of drums every year.

That’s where you come in.

Your tax-deductible donation to the Renegades will help us ensure another great season with the equipment needed to pull it all off. You can mail your donation to:

SF Renegades
660 4th Street, #237
San Francisco, CA 94107

or donate online at www.renegades.org/donate using Paypal (be sure to specify “drum fund” in the Papyal notes field).

Thanks for your help. We promise we’ll make it worth your investment.

At Midnight, Everything Changes

San Francisco Renegades Announce New President


SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Jan. 15, 2008) – The San Francisco Renegades Drum & Bugle Corps, the official drum & bugle corps of the city of San Francisco and a 6-time Drum Corps Associates finalist, announced the appointment of Anne Bragstad to the position of President of the corps. She will oversee the Board of Directors as well as the various committees within the Renegades organization.

“I am excited about taking over the position of President,” Bragstad said. “I have been with the organization for the past 6 years, and served many different roles on the Board of Directors. The presidency was just the right position at the right time for me, and I look forward to helping everyone make great things happen for this corps this year.”

Bragstad steps in for Steve Proud, a member of the Renegades since 2000 who stepped down from the position due to work commitments. Speaking of her predecessor, Bragstad said, “Unfortunately, as it sometimes does in drum corps, life gets in the way. This is what happened with Steve.” The Renegades remain hopeful that Proud will be back with the corps at some point in the future.

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 have became the first California all-age corps to compete at the Drum Corps Associates Championships, becoming both Finalist and Member in their first year. Since then, the Renegades have been a finalist every year at the DCA Championships.

Renegades January Camp In Review

Dark City Chronicle
January 17th, 2008

“I am sore, tired, achy, strained, and basically mush. But I haven’t felt this excited in years! The demand of the staff is at such an intense pace, that you know by the time the summer hits, we’ll not only be able to do what they’re training us to do, but exceed anything we’ve ever done! I feel like a dork for just wanting to thank everyone who’s helped design this show! Across the board, this is just so much fun!”

- Incredibly concise summation of the January 12-13th Renegade Camp submitted by actual participant.

Thank you for this report, we know just how you feel and you’re not a “dork…”
[And even if you WERE, you’d be “OUR dork!”]

With roughly an hour of sunlight left on Sunday afternoon, the Renegades concluded the season’s second weekend practice by running through three pieces from our 2008 show; “Dark City: Every Night at Midnight, Reality Changes.” This marked the first time the entire corps played together outdoors. The three selections “Prologue to Evil” followed by the drum feature “Metamorphosis” and “Dust in The Wind” were each conducted in turn by five highly talented Drum Major candidates – [“Almost as difficult as choosing a new Pope.” relates Selection Committee.]

This years #7+1 Renegades are clearly from the same mold of the past and already several bright spots are emerging in the 2008 casting.

A larger, more powerful, cymbal-charged Renegades Drumline is approaching capacity numbers. This Drumline personifies the corps wide example to excel, aka “Don’t Suck,” in their playing and in having already held several additional out-of-camp sectionals. Their collective force, emerging cohesion and early season focus is undeniable. Their demonstrated ability to energize the overall corps has many in this organization silently smiling at what awaits audiences (and judges) this summer. How is it even possible that there are still openings in the Pit and who is the yet unknown tympani player destined to become a front line star?

The ReneGuard continues flowering as Mr. Al Yeh, Esq. relates: “Colorguard Caption Mark Metzger & Vince Velasquez have the Renegade’s guard running full throttle. The focus continues on setting the season’s foundations early: the integration of movement, equipment technique and expressive presentation. “The movement block stretched our minds and bodies to understand space and time within the marching field. Providing the visual portion to the music, this year’s equipment work is best described as FAST, INTENSE and AGGRESSIVE – a cool blend of a tiny bit of old school technique interspersed in lots of modern dance/equipment work. This year’s guard show has already been choreographed through the Percussion Break and is coming alive before our eyes as we spin, dance & leap! you loved our 2007 show, we’re charging even harder to be among the best. Don’t wait until spring to join — join us now at the February camp!”

Dark City’s musical foundation will clearly be built upon the Renegade’s Contra section. Since the inception of the Renegades, this group is consistently one of, if not always, THE BEST in DCA. Lacking a more eloquent metaphor, Soprano soloist/instructor Roland Garceau is to the Renegade hornline what James Caan’s fictional character “Jonathan E” is in the 1975 film “Rollerball” – the games’s Champion. Renegades hornline veterans, Staff and section leaders are successfully mentoring the new players into the system. This is an added reason for Renegade veterans to show up early in 2008.

Shaking early morning cobwebs off their charges and occasionally Silly String off himself, Marching Guru Dave Watrus and Staff continue doing something most could only imagine if trapped in Sartre’s “No Exit.” Teaching mostly grown adults, many in varying degrees of “out of marching shape” (for now) and carrying heavy equipment, how to move as a group in time: uniformly, gracefully and efficiently. “And we’ve got two hours to do it.” Somehow they make the group better, every time, without fail. Special recognition goes to Daniel Day, veteran SCV/Renegade marcher and Baritone player, for his unassuming suggestion to the horn and cymbals group concerning the “horn’s up” motion: “Breath in during the counts you’re bringing your instrument up. It establishes a natural rhythm to the motion and ensures you’re ready to play once your horn is up.” The hornline, somewhat stunned by the simplistic logic of this sage advice, managed to smooth out and improve subsequent executions of the “horns up” motion. Champions are built on details and once again, Renegade veterans are invaluable.

Why the heck is everyone openly excited and optimistic as things appear to be going well this year? Is it just early season hype? A secret weapon? Has someone added something to the Kool-Aid? Any explanation behind this positive outlook is for each Renegade to validate or discover individually. Personally, I ask myself two simple questions. “How many seconds, not minutes, during the January camp were the staff member(s) in front of me without a set agenda for what was suppose to be happening and/or I wasn’t engaged, couldn’t be doing something productive?” Answer – “ZERO.” Second question. “How many organizations, career settings, classrooms, et al… have I been in, outside of this year’s Renegades, where I felt the same degree of staff preparedness and deliberate approach to the management of time?” Again, “ZERO.”

I suspect planning the 2008 Renegades began around September 3rd last year during a long plane ride West. I further suspect there is a cocktail glass stained napkin from that flight with something like the following scribbled on the back:
“ ’08 HAVE FUN! – an incredible Staff, ready, efficiently using time to maximize the efforts of a very gifted pool of Talent – RESULT – great start, even better finish. HAVE FUN!” [Napkins are extra big on long flights]. I believe we’re seeing the fruits of that planning already.

Of course, I’m just guessing and as the season moves on, the Kool-Aid thing is always an option.

Renegades 2008

A Great Staff.

A Great Show.

A Great Corps.

A Great Time.

Join the Renegades at the Next Camp = January 12-13