SAN FRANCISCO, CA (March 20, 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, are making a change to their look for the 2009 season with a new uniform.
While maintaining the traditions that make the Renegades a world-class performing arts group with a twist, the change is being implemented to enhance this year’s show design and bring about a renewed sense of the corps’ identity.
“Everyone is very excited about the new uniforms. Our design staff has put a large amount of thought and effort into the new product, and we feel it will add to the overall performance experience for the members and the audience,” said Anne Bragstad, Renegades President.
Each new uniform costs $200, and the initial deposit is due in less than one month. Facing such a short timeline, the Renegades have announced a Uniform Capital Campaign to solicit donations from the drum corps and business community.
As a way of giving back to sponsors, the corps has established innovative “thank you” gifts: for each donation of $200 or more made by May 1, the donor can place their own personal message in each new uniform, as well as a logo-boxed original Renegades uniform. Each donor will also be entered into a raffle to win the prototype of the new uniform, to be presented at the Renegades show July 26.
For information about the Uniform Capital Campaign including complete details on how to donate to the corps, visit www.renegades.org/donate/
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.
Thanks everyone for attending this year’s Chinese New Year’s Day Parade! A great time was had by all!
The full musical ensemble put together our opening production, Funeral for a Friend. Written by Elton John and arranged by Key Poulan, Thom Shearer and Fred Smith, it gives a solemn and intense opening to the show.
Faces, by Earth Wind and Fire, was performed by the Brass, Percussion and Guard (work by Mark Metzger and Vince Velasquez). This up-tempo tune will put a smile on everyone’s face with its combination of virtuoso playing, hot solos and Latin flavoring.
The brass, pit and Guard, fronted by soloist Larrie Dastrup, put together the haunting and beautiful Death March, based on a traditional Mexican Funeral tune. The Brass line also got through Heat of the Day, a fast paced, multi-meter Pat Metheny tune as well as working on In the Stone in preparation for Chinese New Year, coming up in two weeks. All in all, a busy week putting together another great show for our many fans.
There are still a few spots left, but everyone should know that we are closing things down early this year. Everyone should step forward and claim their place in what promises to be a spectacular season for the Renegades.
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!