What is drum corps?

drum and bugle corps, also known as a drum corps, is a musical marching unit (similar to a marching band) consisting of brass instruments, percussion instruments, and color guard. Typically operating as independent non-profit organizations, drum corps perform in competitions, parades, festivals, and other civic functions. Participants of all ages are represented within the drum and bugle corps activity, but the majority are between the ages of 13 and 22.

Competitive corps participate in summer touring circuits, like Drum Corps International (DCI) and Drum Corps Associates (DCA). Corps prepare a new show each year, approximately 8–12 minutes in length, and refine it throughout the summer tour. Shows are performed on football fields and are judged in various musical and visual categories, or “captions”. Musical repertoires vary widely among corps and include symphonic, jazz, big band, contemporary, rock, Broadway, and Latin music, among other genres. Competitive World Class junior corps spend roughly 8–10 weeks on tour, practicing and performing full-time. (Open Class corps typically have shorter tours.) All-Age and Alumni corps have less demanding schedules, practicing and performing mostly on weekends.


Who are The Columbians?

The Columbians Drum Corps is doing something that’s rarely done in drum corps: resurrecting the past and rewriting history!

The original Tri-City Columbians Drum and Bugle Corps was a classic-style junior drum and bugle corps that existed locally from 1955 to 1975. Since 1975, there has been no modern drum corps to represent the Columbia Basin – an absence of more than 35 years!

Advantages to Joining the Columbians

  • Low Corps Fee
  • Short Tour
  • Quality Instruction
  • Make Friends
  • Family Atmosphere
  • Professional Group
  • Non-Profit Organization


Okay, I’m in. Now what?

If you are a brass player, percussionist, or dancer, we need you! Come join our ranks and become part of a new era of marching music in the Tri-Cities!