Apart from their competitive and entertainment value, a Drum Corps provides a vehicle for the expression of individual emotion, personal pride, companionship and pride in a unit. Young people of necessity, learn self-reliance while recognizing their dependence upon each other for the appearance and welfare of the Corps. Drum Corps members come from all walks of life, financial and social backgrounds and restrictions of race, colour or creed will not found
St. John's Drum & Bugle Corps started way back in 1953 as an All-Girl Drum Corps. Up until 1985 the Corps competed in the All Girls Category against other units, winning many awards in Canada and the United States. As membership dwindled, the Board decided that a new strategy must be developed. In 1985 the Corps opened its membership to boys in order to start a strong reorganization process. The rebuilding has gone in stages with the early 90's finding the Corps progressively stronger. The Corps placed first or second at the Ontario Drum Corps Regional and Canadian National Championships for past seven years. Finalist status was achieved at the International World Championships 3 times in the same timeframe. We are all very proud of these accomplishments and are recognized as a tough competitive unit. We have the talent, instructors, and support staff to have another banner year. St. John's has experienced another dry spell and went inactive for the 1999 and 2000 seasons. St. John's is in it's second year of "rebuilding". Our numbers are strong and our members are keen. In the 2001 season St. John's finished second in Division 4(Parade Class). During the 2002 season St. John's successfully entered back into Division III in 2002. For a corps where the average age of the members was 12 and with exactly 31 of them, 12 of them being Rookies we had an excellent season. St. John's is back, they pulled off a 59.2 at Worlds and placed 19th in Division III. We are already planning a repeat performance for 2003.