Summer 2021

The Raiders will offer a unique program for Summer 2021 with a hybrid format beginning on June 27.

While preparing for the 2022 DCI season, the summer program is also providing a drum corps experience to students at Olney Charter High School as well as other programs from Philadelphia.

The remaining sessions are July 11, July 25, and August 8, from noon to 4:30 at Olney Field in Philadelphia, PA.

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The Drum and Bugle Corps Experience

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Prepare for World Class

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Though many Raiders choose to make the corps their home until they age out of DCI, others successfully continue their drum corps career with top World Class corps.

Enjoy a Shorter Tour

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A summer with the Raiders demands the highest level of performance from members, but our schedule is not as rigorous as a full DCI tour. After move-ins and a local tour, we end our national tour with a performance at DCI Championships in Indianapolis.

DCI at Half the Cost

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We keep tuition low while still offering a great DCI experience. The Raiders are one-half the cost of other local corps and one-quarter the cost of a travel sports team — and we offer a nearly year-round program.

DCI Instruction

Learn from DCI instructors to play, spin, and march — all in a fun environment!

Current drum corps members will enjoy an in-person summer experience.

Experienced participants can prepare themselves for 2022 drum corps auditions.

Marching band students refresh rusty skills to prepare for the fall season.

Beginners will learn the basics of drum corps style playing and marching.

All Drum Corps Sections

Brass, battery percussion, front ensemble, color guard, conductors

Open to ages 13-22.

Equipment will be provided during the in-person rehearsal or you can bring your own.

Equipment will be available for rent if you want to take one home for the summer.

Master classes with specialists in each field.

Visual instruction (marching basics and light dance training).

Schedule

In-person rehearsals are Sundays in the Philadelphia area.

In-person dates: June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8 at Olney Charter High School, 100 W. Duncannon Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19120.

Family and friends performance on August 8.

Virtual private instruction will be scheduled individually during the two weeks in between rehearsals.

Meet the Lead Instructors

  • Alejandro Gallo, Percussion
  • Scott Brown, Brass
  • Tommy Van Der Grift, Color Guard
The percussion is led by Alejandro Gallo. Alejandro’s performance experience includes both drum corps and indoor percussion. He marched with the Hawthorne Caballeros (2011, 2013-2016, 2018), the Dansville White Sabers (2017), and the Raiders (2012). All of his winters were spent with WGI World Class Finalist United Percussion (2014-2016).
 
Alejandro’s instructional experience includes serving as the battery coordinator for the WGI Independent A Class Finalist East Coast Percussion (2017, 2018), along with several high school groups in Northern New Jersey. He was recently the percussion caption head at both the Parsippany Hills High School and the Passaic County Technical Institute.
 
Alejandro was the director of the Community Charter School of Paterson Indoor Percussion Cougars, where musicians from 4th through 8th grade performed during the competitive USBands Indoor season. He is currently an instructor with Epic Percussion in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
The brass is led by Scott Brown. Scott joined the Raiders team prior to the 2019 tour and helped to shape the Raiders' sound. Before joining the Raiders, Scott served as a brass consultant for the Bushwackers from 2016 to 2018.
 
Scott was the caption head for Fusion Core in 2015 and 2014, and a consultant for Fusion in 2013. Prior to that he was on staff with the Bushwackers as an assistant caption head in 2004, 2005, 2006 and caption head in 2011, winning DCA’s coveted high brass award in 2006.
 
Scott is a music teacher at Northwestern Lehigh Area High School and is an active performer.
The color guard is led by Tommy Van Der Grift. Tommy has marched with Extraordinaire Dance Ensemble (Philadelphia, PA), Light Brigade (Philadelphia), and Northern Lights (Portland, OR). He continued his marching experience with West Chester University Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band and danced with the West Chester University Dance Productions.
 
He marched with Southern Knights Drum Corps, Jersey Surf, and the Madison Scouts, where he won a bronze medal in DCI I&E. His DCA experience includes marching with the world champion Reading Buccaneers and Fusion Core, where he was colorguard Captain for 2 years, winning the 2014 & 2018 World Champion Colorguard award.
 
For 12 years, Tommy has taught the Alliance Dance Performance Ensemble from England, United Kingdom. He is currently the Colorguard Caption Head at Pennsbury High School (PA), Designer, Choreographer, and Weapons Specialist for Morristown High School (NJ), Choreographer and Weapons Specialist for Port Chester High School (NY), Winterguard Designer and Choreographer for Council Rock High School North (PA), Designer and Choreographer for Vintage Winterguard (NJ), and Weapons Specialist for CoMotion Winterguard of Highland Youth Performance Ensembles (NJ).
 
Tommy's prior teaching experience includes more than 14 additional high schools and indoor programs throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and Texas.

The cost of the program including rehearsals, use of equipment at rehearsals, t-shirt, and all instruction is $200.

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Raiders 2022

The Raiders will return to DCI competitive performance and World Championships in 2022. The season begins in the fall of 2021. Get an early start on auditions for 2022 by participating in this summer’s program.

Meet Thomas, bass
Meet Joseph, trumpet
Meet Violet, color guard
Meet Gavin, baritone
Meet Luke, mellophone
Meet Megan, assistant drum major

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

Members must be age 21 or younger as of May 31 of the current season. Members must also remain in good standing by adhering to our rules and policies and by meeting all membership obligations in a timely manner.

This age limit does not apply for the Raiders 2021 Summer program, which is open to members of all ages.

NOTE: Sign up for more information to learn about our schedule plans for the 2021 season.

Members can join any time throughout the year until all performance and alternate spots are full. Our rehearsal season begins in November with auditions on Sundays in various locations and continues with rehearsal weekends (Friday night through Sunday afternoon) once a month through April. Rehearsals increase frequency in May and June, and our move-ins begin in June. After a break, we return for our mini-tour, and after another short break, we return for our national tour that brings us to DCI Championships in Indianapolis.

Unlike other DCI corps, our schedule allows for family vacations in the summer if coordinated with our schedule.

Drum and bugle corps is a marching art form mixed with pageantry requiring the highest level of athleticism and performance to create complex productions. While talent is an important factor, you are ready to be a Raider if you are willing to learn and work hard.

Auditions take place during the winter and spring, where aspiring Raiders receive feedback from our world-class educational staff. The corps offers online auditions by video for anyone who lives a large distance from our rehearsal location.

The Raiders Drum & Bugle Corps provides a program in music and performance training. Leadership, personal character, and social development skills are emphasized through the challenge, excitement, and self-discipline presented by the corps through travel, competition, and pursuit of excellence.

We maintain contact with our members’ parents. There is a Facebook group as well as a Slack channel that help us provide up-to-date information for parents.

All parents are welcome to attend any audition or rehearsal. During our Open House camps, we will have parents’ meetings where we will offer an overview of the Raiders and all details pertaining to the members’ commitment of staying with the corps through the entire season upon successful auditions.

Many parents volunteer to help the Raiders at our weekend camps or on tour. While we have an extensive staff and administration, many parents enjoy being around the group and helping out in various ways, whether for a few hours over the course of one weekend, staying with the corps for an entire weekend, or joining us for a segment of our tour.

Some of the roles parents help with include food preparation or service, driving (whether airport runs or one of our corps vehicles), building props, helping move equipment for our performances, our managing our souvenirs. Email harlan@raidersdbc.org if you are interested in volunteer opportunities.

We will update this section with the cost to participate in the summer 2021 virtual season as well as the 2022 DCI season as soon as possible.

We will not turn anyone away for financial reasons, and we offer assistance to all who need it. We offer fundraising opportunities, scholarships, sponsorships, and other opportunities for credits to help reduce the total cost.

The Raiders are approximately one-half the cost of other local drum corps and one-quarter the cost of a travel sports team—and we include a nearly year-round program.

The following information pertained to the 2020 Raiders season.

Rehearsal camps are $75 each when registering in advance. Virtual camps are free.

There is a one-time registration fee of $150 for all members who continue after auditions. We recommend attending all camps to guarantee your spot in the drum corps. Special consideration will be taken for members who live over 250 miles away. The $150 fee is waived for anyone attending only virtual camps in 2020.

Full tuition is $2,200. Discounts for multiple-year members, fundraising credits, scholarships, and sponsorship are available to reduce that fee. 

The full tuition is due by February 1. An optional monthly payment plan is available. On the payment plan, the full tuition is $2,400 (minus any discounts or credits) and must be paid in full by June 15 to remain in good standing.

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