Coming Soon to a Galaxy Near You!

Coming Soon to a Galaxy Near You!

“Renegade Planet: A Space Opera”

World-class staff to bring exciting program to life

SAN FRANCISCO – November 23, 2009 – The San Francisco Renegades, long known as one of the most unique, easily-identifiable drum corps in the marching activity, have once again chosen a show that will have audiences leaping to their feet in stadiums across the country.

The Renegades 2010 program, entitled Renegade Planet: A Space Opera, will feature Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Richard Strauss, most notable as the opening fanfare from Stanley Kubrick’s classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey; Mars and Jupiter from Gustav Holst’s classic symphonic suite The Planets; “Interstellar Traffic Jam” from the beloved Hanna-Barbera cartoon The Jetsons; and selections from the science fiction blockbuster “Predator.”

“One of the finest design teams in the country has selected a show that is guaranteed to give the fans of the Renegades everything they’ve come to expect from us, and then some,” said Corps Director Chris Nalls. “In addition, a world-class staff has been recruited to bring this show to the field.”

Returning as brass caption head after a successful 2009 campaign is Rich Duarte. He will be working with Nalls, Larrie Dastrup, Greg Gilman and David Landers. The percussion caption is headed once again by Thom Shearer, and features Dan Hudson, Kent Cater, and two new staff members; Brian Sears, a Renegades alum who will be working with the front ensemble, and snare tech Kevin Murray.

“Getting Kevin to join the Renegades staff is a huge off-season acquisition, Kevin is one of the best techs on the planet, and he will be a big part of taking the percussion program to the next level,” said Executive Producer Lee Rudnicki.

Returning to head the colorguard caption are Mark Metzger and Vince Velasquez, whose names are synonymous with quality and excellence in the pageantry world.

“Simply put, Mark and Vince are two of the best in the business,” said Nalls.

Heading the Visual caption once again will be Dave Watrous, assisted by Dave Leon, James Jackson, Jed Roach, and Josh Bryan, another new addition to the Renegades staff.

The corps will be using five different brass arrangers to create this season’s music. They are:

John Meehan – John has drum corps in his blood. The son of DCI Hall of Famer Jack Meehan, John is the brass caption head of the Concord Blue Devils, where his hornlines have won nine Jim Ott High Brass awards since the 1994 season. John has arranged and composed music for marching bands and drum corps worldwide, as well as giving clinics on brass technique and performance.

James Peterson – James is a noted film and television composer who has also achieved great success in the drum corps activity. In 2008, James wrote the music for the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets, who went on to win the DCI Open Class title that season. This is James’ first season with the Renegades.

Key Poulan – Key is one of the premiere arrangers and composers in the drum corps and marching band activity. He is also a notable concert band composer. He currently serves as composer and brass arranger for the Santa Clara Vanguard. Key has been the brass arranger for the Renegades since 2006.

Chris Nalls – Chris possesses over three decades of experience in the drum corps arena as a marching member, instructor, arranger, music director and corps director. He was the corps’ arranger from 2000-2002, and has written numerous works for marching band, and brass ensemble. Chris is currently arranger for the Silicon Valley Brass Band.

Larrie Dastrup – Known to fans as a featured soloist with the Renegades, Larrie is also an accomplished arranger who has been a part of the Renegades design team, coordinating and composing solos since the corps’ early days, while playing a dual role as a performer and staff member.

The Renegades will be hosting their Open House December 5 and 6 and Branham High School in San Jose, CA. For more information, visit

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. Ten-time California State Champions, the Renegades have been finalists at the Drum Corps Associate Championships since 2002.

Attention: Percussionists!

With the countdown to open house only 11 days away, we thought it might be nice to throw you returning, and potential new drummers a musical bone.

Your 2010 percussion packets have arrived! Please click on the appropriate section link below to download your very own PDF version of the 2010 warm up book.

Front Ensemble

Marching Percussion

Download em, learn em, love em.

December 5th-6th.

Be There.

Renegades Add Master Percussion Technician Kevin Murray to Staff for 2010

Kevin Murray, 2-time individual champion and instructor for Blue Devils and Vanguard, has been named Chief Drum Technician with the San Francisco Renegades Drum & Bugle Corps. “I am excited to work with the Renegades to help them achieve their goal of advancing as players and competitors,” said Murray about the new position.

Kevin has a long history of success in drum corps. His playing career started on snare drum with the Velvet Knights in 1984 where the corps made its first top-12 DCI Finals appearance.

From 1986 to 1988, Kevin played snare drum for the Concord Blue Devils, winning the DCI championship and high percussion in 1986. Kevin won snare individuals in 1987 (winning on his first attempt at competing, an unprecedented feat up to that point) and became section leader in 1988.

From 1990-91, Kevin attended the University of North Texas where the drumline won consecutive P.A.S.I.C. drum titles, with Kevin winning the snare individual championship in 1990 and serving as section leader in 1991.

As an instructor, Kevin taught Blue Knights in 1991 under Ralph Hardimon, Santa Clara Vanguard from 1992-93 under Scott Johnson, and continued on to Blue Devils when Johnson made the change in 1994. The Blue Devils started a dominant run at that time, winning drums and corps titles in 1994, 1996 and 1997.

Kevin authored one of the most popular 60-second warm ups of all time: “The Ditty,” and was instrumental in developing the drumming technique and approach employed by many drum lines since 1994. Kevin also has had a successful career playing drum-set, playing with popular bands in the LA and SF Bay Area.

SF Renegades 2010 Show and Staff Announcement

2009 Renegades Banquet

We have one event left of the spectacular 2009 season — our banquet weekend on October 17-18. We’ll be celebrating with a festive party on Saturday night featuring a performance by a live band — Lyin’ I’s (Rich Duarte’s amazing Eagles cover band). On Sunday, we’ll travel to Dave & Busters for the infamous Awards Banquet. This is a special weekend for a special season. You don’t want to miss it!

Full Details and Ticket Information on our Website:

A HUGE announcement from The Renegades and Empire Statesmen.


Off to Rochester!

The corps had a great run-through, packed up the truck, and we’re heading to Ra-cha-cha!