I would like to take this opportunity to give a big THANK YOU to all who participated in, volunteered their time, and helped organize the SF Renegades appearance at the 2015 Chinese New Year Parade, it was a huge success! Performers traveled from all parts of the world including Germany, and Korea to be a ‘Renegade for the day” in our beautiful city of San Francisco. It was most definitely an event to be remembered for many years to come.

This parade performance stood out beyond all others in recent memory due to the high energy, talent level, and fantastic drum line that the Renegades presented this year. But above all, the highlights of the evening were the enormous crowd responses, and ovations that the ensemble received in appreciation for their energetic performances of the tune that we chose to play this year…….”Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey. A great arrangement by Joey Pero, Neil Bliss, and Josh Bryan literally had thousands of parade goers dancing and singing out loud in the streets of San Francisco the entire evening. This connection between the corps and the crowds, helped create yet another epic moment in Renegades history.

As always, we ended the performance part of the evening by arcing up on the side street, and playing through the tune one last time for the folks having dinner on the side walk in front of the local pub. This final run has become an extremely fun tradition at the CNY parade, and each year, it closes the book on this great event. From there, after ‘walking the walk’, the group headed back to Chevy’s to round out the evening by ‘talking the talk’, while enjoying some refreshing food and beverages with all our new friends. A great day, and a lot of fun was had by everyone involved.

On behalf of the Renegades Board of Directors, and truly from the bottom of my own heart, I would again like to thank all of you who traveled from near and far to help support our organization, and this great drum corps activity……WE WOULDN’T BE HERE WITHOUT YOU. To those who were not able to make it out this year, there will be more, and we will look forward to seeing you all in the future. A very special thank you goes out to Robin Kinoshita, Director of the CNYP committee, for her leadership, creativity, and the motivation that made this event so successful once again.

Best of luck to all drum corps competing in the upcoming season!

Rich Duarte
President – SF Renegades