Brigadiers Announce New Corporate Leadership

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The Brigadiers Drum and Bugle Corps is pleased to announce its new corporate leadership and center of operations for all of the corps’ activities. Effective April 21, 2007, the Brigadiers Music Association has assumed all corporate direction and control of the corps. BMA is a newly-formed not-for-profit corporation organized for the purpose of promoting the art of music in motion. BMA endeavors to accomplish its stated mission through its direction of an all-age drum and bugle corps and by assisting the corps in its representation of the greater Central New York area through performances and competition both in the region and beyond.

As a part of this transition and to allow the drum and bugle corps to serve a wider community base within the expansive Central New York area it calls home, the corps with now be known simply as “The Brigadiers” Drum and Bugle Corps, consistent with its intent and efforts to be more representative of the entire Central New York region.

Current Corps Director Rick Martin is very excited about the new organizational structure. “The ‘Brigadier’ name carries a long and distinguished history in both the Central New York region and the drum & bugle corps activity. We look forward to continuing to build and expand upon the corps’ tradition of excellence and we welcome the support BMA will afford the corps in achieving its goals.”

Martin went on to explain that “the focus of BMA will be to provide a world-class musical organization for all of our members to learn and grow with, and one that will represent and support the local and regional communities.”

BMA will oversee the operations of The Brigadiers, various small musical ensembles, as well as the Red & Black Club and the Brigadiers Boosters, the support and fundraising arms of the drum corps. BMA will also be focused on pursuing additional opportunities to bring marching music and the performing arts to more people throughout Central New York and to represent the region elsewhere.

“BMA and the Brigadiers have built a team of talented individuals dedicated to achieving the corps’ objectives. BMA has quickly taken up the reins to organize and promote upcoming fundraising events and performance venues to assist in meeting these needs. Of course, we always welcome the support of the area’s residents, as well as the business community, in achieving these goals,” said Martin.

The operations of the drum and bugle corps were previously managed by the Syracuse Brigadiers, Inc., a currently inactive corporation that has no affiliation to the Brigadiers Music Association or the reorganized Brigadiers Drum and Bugle Corps.

We hope you will join The Brigadiers in welcoming its new leadership and lend your support to its future endeavors.

With roots dating to 1938, The Brigadiers Drum & Bugle Corps was reorganized in 1991 after a nineteen-year absence from competition. The Brigadiers are 5-time Drum Corps Associates World Champions, winning titles in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002, and are the only drum and bugle corps to ever win four consecutive DCA titles.

For more information, visit the corps’ website at

Posted by on Monday, April 23rd, 2007. Filed under DCA News.