About Frontier Drum & Bugle Corps

Posted by Director on August 17, 2011

Frontier is a competitive, all-age drum & bugle corps. Frontier's rehearsal and performance schedule is weekend-based, and the season runs from Open House in November to the DCA Championships on Labor Day weekend in September. Frontier has competed in the Drum Corps Associates (DCA) Open Class division and also the DCI All-Ages division.

Frontier began in the fall of 2004, when Founder Chris Green and a group of enthusiastic and like-minded inidividuals met to discuss the possibility of creating an All-Age Drum and Bugle Corps in the Dallas / Fort Worth area.

In the arts world, Frontier has enjoyed a close relationship with the world famous Turtle Creek Chorale mens chorus, performing in several concerts and television broadcasts. With the Chorale, corps members participated in recording sessions for the nationally-distributed compact disk "Songs of Our Nation," an award-winning documentary entitled "Power of Harmony" as well as the 2006 Christmas concert.

Frontier has also performed in exhibition at the annual Texas Drum Corps Preview in Austin, TX, the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival in Denton, Texas, at a roller derby game of Assassination City, and at home games of the Dallas Diamonds womens professional football team.

Each year since 2005 (with the exception of 2009, 2010 and 2011), Frontier competed at the DCA World Championships, the "Brass on the Bayou" contest sponsored by Gulf Coast Sound, as well as annual contests sponsored by Minnesota corps Govenaires and Minnesota Brass, Inc.

Beginning in 2007, Frontier also competed at local DCI contests.

Seasons and Shows:

In its inaugural season, the corps received a score of 70.713 and finished 16th, performing its debut show Lasso the Sun.
With their show, entitled Fire, Frontier improves nearly 10 points from its inaugural season, finishing 14th and posting a semifinals score of 80.288 while performing in less-than-ideal conditions in the rains of Hurricane Ernesto. In recent times, the only all-age corps to post a more significant improvement from one year to the next was the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps, who improved 10.3 points from 2000 to 2001.
Frontier takes a step forward with the introduction of its new uniform. The corps makes its DCI debut at the Lake Highlands Festival of Drums & Bugles on July 19th. The 2007 production, 1968, comprises music released in that year, including "The Age of Aquarius" from the musical Hair and "Bridge Over Troubled Water", which has become the corps song.
The 2008 production, entitled There And Back Again, took viewers on a musical journey, beginning with the modern classical piece "Ride" by Samuel Hazo and continuing with a lush arrangement of "I'll Be Seeing You" based on the version by New York Voices. The corps then took a jazzy turn with the classic "Caravan", and finally returned "Home" to the strains of Michael Bublé's hit single of the same name.

Frontier hopes to continue the tradition of great music and great performances into the 2012 season and beyond.

Prospective members, volunteers, supporters, families and friends are always welcome to attend / visit any Frontier rehearsal. You can meet other corps members, staff and administrators and you'll get the opportunity to perform with other members and learn from our talented and experienced staff.