A modern drum and bugle corps is a musical marching unit, consisting of brass instruments, percussion instruments, synthesizers, color guard, and choreographic movements. 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 band activity.

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Drum Corps United Kingdom, part of Marching & Performing Arts UK, is a charitable organisation which seeks to promote and support its member Drum and Bugle Corps within the United Kingdom.

The basic concept is that of playing an entertaining musical programme of their own choice and performing a field show of precision marching, dance and other choreographed movement.

Established in 1980, DCUK currently has a membership of Drum Corps spread geographically right across the country.


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Formed in 1974 by David Loader, Johnny Johnson and Glen Carter, the British Youth Band Association (BYBA) has provided guidance and support for its members. The Association set up rules to standardise the running of contests, judging and scoring along with the introduction of national divisions or classes.

The Aims of the Association are:

•    to provide a focus for the activities of the British youth band movement,
•    to promote the growth, prestige and calibre of marching bands,
•    to provide an information service,
•    to create a forum for members’ viewpoints, and
•    to encourage friendly co-operation among those engaged in youth band activities.
•    to provide opportunities for young peoples’ personal development through performance within the marching arts


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