Santa Clara Vanguard

The Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps is a world-renowned, world champion drum and bugle corps that travels between six and eight weeks each summer throughout the United States and Canada performing in competitive field shows and parades. The Vanguard provides instruction for the experienced through the advanced member in the areas of brass, percussion, and color guard. The Vanguard won its first championship in 1970 at the American Legion Championships in Portland, OR. In 1971 the Vanguard traveled to Dallas, TX, and won the coveted Veterans of Foreign War Championships. In 1972,Drum Corps International (DCI) was formed with the Vanguard as one of the founding members.

The Vanguard has won six DCI world championship titles ('73, '74, '78, '81, '89, and '99), along with many other regional championship titles. Membership in the Vanguard is primarily between the ages of 16 through a maximum age of 22. For more information on the Vanguard, visit the official SCV website at

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