The Drum and Bugle Corps Activity
The drum and bugle corps activity can trace its modern-day roots back to the end of World War I when veterans returning from Europe established hundreds of adult drum and bugle corps throughout the United States.

These groups, whose primary purpose was to march in parades and appear at ceremonies, were directly affiliated with posts of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

During the 1930s, many veterans posts also set up junior corps for their sons and, in the middle of that decade, church and YMCA organizations also began sponsoring drum and bugle corps.

The junior corps movement took off in the 1950s with units that were made up essentially of members from the same neighborhood or town.

At the activity's peak during the 1960s, there were several thousand junior and senior corps. The number began to decline as the activity became more mobile and corps began to spend more time each summer touring toward the August championship events.

Currently there are approximately 200 drum and bugle corps in North America. The 21st Century Foundation hopes to get that number growing again.
You Can Help Us . . .

There are a variety of ways that you can assist the 21st Century Drum & Bugle Corps Foundation, Inc. reach its goals during the next few years.

You can ... Make a financial or in-kind donation.  If you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation to the 21st Century Drum and Bugle Corps Foundation, Inc., please send the following information to us at the address listed below.

You can ... Search out unused bugles, percussion equipment and uniforms in your community. Contact past VFW, American Legion, CYO, YMCA or other sponsors, directors, instructors, members, parents or fans of corps that existed in the past and inquire about whether or not any of the group's assets are being stored. Equipments may be in someone's attic, garage or basement and could be put to better use through the foundation.

You can ... Let us know if you or someone you know is interested in starting a new junior drum and bugle corps, so that we can add you to our mailing list for periodic information that will be useful to your efforts.

You can ... Make presentations to local civic and youth organizations about the benefits of having a drum and bugle corps program for the young people of your area. Your experiences with what the activity has done for you can be infectious and might result in more corps being established.

You can ... Share this information with your friends and urge them to contribute. All donations will be used directly for the purposes for which the foundation has been established. We have no employees and our board of directors is volunteer.

Would you like to make a donation?

A check for the donation amount made payable to 21st Century Drum and Bugle Corps Foundation, Inc. or a description of your in-kind donation.

  • Your name. Your company's name. Your address.
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    Send inquires or donations to:
    21st Century Drum & Bugle Corps Foundation, Inc.
    Post Office Box 8052 - Madison, WI 53708-8052
  • For information about any of the programs being developed by the 21st Century Drum & Bugle Corps Foundation, Inc., please contact Steve Vickers via email or by calling 608-241-2292.