Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps finished tenth in the world at Drum Corps International’s Open Class Finals competition held Aug. 6-7 in Michigan City, Ind.
Performing its show “The Guitarist,” the corps competed in the Open Class preliminary and finals competition before making their final performance of the season Aug. 9 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., home to the Indianapolis Colts, for World Class preliminaries.
“I could not be more proud of what our young men and women have accomplished this season,” offered Corps Director Dr. Lawrence LeClaire. “As ambassadors of Mobile and Alabama, our members proved that our region has so much to offer from its youth in talent, hard work and dedication.”
Southwind, one of 47 organization members of Drum Corps International, kicked off its season in Millbrook, AL on July 7 at an alumni preview show event. The corps competed at 16 locations across 9 states in the Southeast, Northeast and Midwest this summer. Members of Southwind, who are between the ages of 14 and 21, logged over 500 hours of preparation time for their performances throughout the winter and spring months. Traveling 6200 miles on the road this summer, the corps returned to Daphne High School from Indianapolis on Saturday, Aug. 11 before heading their separate ways until auditions for next season in mid-November.
Drum and bugle corps originated with the tradition of military marching units but have evolved into a highly sophisticated musical art form in its own right, combining high-level musical demand with physical demands normally reserved for athletes. Corps, consisting of brass, percussion and color guard members, compete internationally during summer competitions all over North America, Europe, South America and Asia under the auspices of Drum Corps International.
Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps, based in Mobile, Ala., was established in 1980. An Open Class drum corps, Southwind previously won two international championships in their division in 1991 and 1992. They were the DCI Southeastern Champions for Open Class for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.