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Oregon Crusaders

Oregon Crusaders

Oregon Crusaders


The Oregon Crusaders holds a deep-seated philosophy of Education Through Performance. Their purpose, engrained in the by-laws of their organization, is to provide education through performance in the areas of percussion, brass, dance and visual ensemble artistry. They believe that through the group’s achievement of artistic and performance excellence, and through the addition of a leadership curriculum that draws upon some of the leading leadership training methodologies used in corporate America Read more on Last.fm
The Oregon Crusaders holds a deep-seated philosophy of Education Through Performance. Their purpose, engrained in the by-laws of their organization, is to provide education through performance in the areas of percussion, brass, dance and visual ensemble artistry. They believe that through the group’s achievement of artistic and performance excellence, and through the addition of a leadership curriculum that draws upon some of the leading leadership training methodologies used in corporate America, the organization provides the educational, cultural, interpersonal, physical and emotional growth necessary for young people to become leaders. It is with this philosophy that they have created Oregon's Major League Team in marching music. OC employs some the most talented design and instructional professionals in the country, designing the programs that over 160 talented performers convey through a powerful, athletic and artistic performance. The origional Oregon Crusaders junior drum and bugle likely dates back to the early 70's as the "Dickensons Oregon Crusaders" based in Clackamas County, Oregon. This corps would later merge with the "Imperial Cadets" to form what was called the "Imperial Crusaders". The designation "Crusaders" was later used by Rick Wise who, in the fall of 1999, re-founded what was then called the "Southern Oregon Crusaders" based out of Medford, Oregon.

Bill Perkins relocated the corps to the Portland Metro area in 2000 and officially renamed the corps the "Oregon Crusaders" after the original Clackamas-based corps. Since that time, OC has won the Division III championship (2004) and in 2006 received fourth place in the Division II Drum Corps International World Championships for their show "Echo". In 2007 the corps was "re-founded" once agin, this time by Dr. Phil Marshall, Jeff Bush, Travis Moddison and Mike Quillen, and built a whole new staff and style with their show "Gates", garnering a 4th place finish. Success continued in 2008 with their show "Inner Connections", placing 4th in the newly combined "Open Class", and again OC placed as a DCI Open Class Finalist in 2009 with their show "Equilibrium".

In 2010, OC received its highest placement ever (2nd place, Open Class), and their highest score in corps history (94.0) for their show "Dance of the Flames." They again placed second with "The Blue Hour" with a higher score of 94.7 and a 75.15 (22nd) in world class semifinals. Their hornline grew by an unprecedented 20 members that year, marking an important moment in the corps' growth. In 2012, "Dreaming in Color" continued this success they won first place with a 95.0 (76.35, 19th in world class semifinals), making them the open class World Champions. Later in that year the corps was approved as world class for the 2013 season and will be performing "My Heart, My Battle, My Soul", holding a Southern theme. In addition to the summer Drum and Bugle Corps, Oregon Crusaders runs the OC Indoor winter drumline program, led by Mike Stevens.

OCI received the gold medal in WGI (PIA) in 2009, and the bronze medal in WGI (PIO) in 2010. In 2011, they were granted World Class status, and advanced to the WGI finals with their innovative show The Red Shoes, which combined a world class colorguard component with their world class drumline. The Oregon Crusaders is funded through the donations of kind individuals, the fees paid by their marching members, and through other fundraising activities. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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