LMS 7 Breaking News

San Francisco’s best alternative band … Trip Device … to perform at LMS 7.

Trip Device went into the studio with producer Sylvia Massey (Smashing Pumpkins etc.) and created genius songs … songs that are starting to pop up on radio stations like Live 105.

Check them out at http://www.tripdevice.com

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

What a GREAT Chinese New Year parade weekend! Wow! Quite excellent day! A big thanks to all our friends from across the nation that joined us! We did drum corps proud!

And a big thanks to the many folks who contributed to this year’s big success including Lani, who’s glitterly thing-a-ma-bobs made us stars under the lights, the souvie folks who set up the whole Renegades store on Treasure Island, Dave and his great hotel deal, Anne and her enthusiastic email skills, Johanna and her endless energy making Chevy’s happen, the Chinese Parade folks who welcomed us into their spectacular event and a slew of others.

Mission accomplished! Gung Hay Fat Choy!

We have lots of photos and stories from the weekend coming. Of course, Trill-master Rob Brown’s parade photos are the first to hit! PS: When is this guy going to actually march on the field with us?

Check this blog over the next few days for more parade goodies!!

See you between the cable car tracks,

- Greg

39th Annual Santa Clara Vanguard Birthday Dinner

Et Al,

The 39th Annual Vanguard Birthday dinner is scheduled for:

March 5th, 2006 at 6pm.

at Vanguard Hall in Santa Clara.

Cost: $7.00

Gails famous spagetti sauce.

Performances by the Vanguard and Vanguard Cadets Hornlines.

photo albums

First opportunity to buy tickets to Pacific Procession.

SCV Birthday Dinner

FYI: the birthday dinner is the primary findraising event for the SCV Alumni Association.

LMS 7 – Breaking News

San Francisco 49ers star player/hip-hop artist Brandon Lloyd to perform
at the Renegades Loud Music Symposium 7 on April 30.

Camp Photos!

Haiku on a theme …

We love seeing pics
of the past weekends full camp.
Join us in the fun.

Sunshiney Cali.
Makes me feel bad for Minn Brass,
they march in the snow.

More work on the show.
Things are coming together.
Can’t wait for August.

I know these aren’t good,
but i’m really bored at work.
Wish I was at camp.

Parade this weekend.
Lots of people coming out.
What fun we will have!!

Checkpoint Alpha

I kept pictures from the early days with the corps because Lee told me one day they’d be funny to look at, but I had no idea how soon “one day” would be. If your exposure to the Renegades began circa DCA 2002, you will probably be surprised to see how small and…uh…”un-evil” the corps looked in the beginning.

When I look back at photos like this, taken in 1998, it seems like just yesterday, but also a lifetime ago. Nobody outside the organization thought senior corps stood much of a chance of catching on in California, but we didn’t care. We didn’t know what we were doing, but we knew if we kept it up one day this drum corps might really be something. Something worth all the hours of practice we put into it, and something that deserved its place on the same field with the junior corps we marched in a few years earlier (OK, a lot of years earlier for some of us).

Early in the corps development, I worked with the Board to put together a plan with some pretty lofty goals. Goal #1 was to join DCI and put a full show – including drill – on the field within five years. We beat that goal by two years when our show, unofficially titled “The Music of Every Drum Corps Ever Disqualified by DCI”, hit the field the summer of 2000. By the end of the five-year plan, the corps was taking the field in Scranton, PA for the 2002 DCA Championships…something I don’t think the original Board would have dreamed up in our craziest moment.

It’s unbelievable to think how far the Renegades have come in such a short time. From seven musicians practicing in an indoor rifle range, to these crazy loud rock stars taking their place on senior corps’ biggest stage. Drum corps, they grow up so fast….