About Gold Drum & Bugle Corps

Gold Drum & Bugle Corps is a program of Gold Youth Arts Organization, Inc, a non-profit 501(c)3 educational corporation, which seeks to improve the public’s understanding of and appreciation for music and marching band performance in accordance with the mission and objectives of Drum Corps International. Gold’s primary purpose is to enrich the educational, social, ethical and performing arts lives of young adults through the art of marching music instruction and performance.

As a member of Drum Corps International, Gold provides progressive and highly developed instruction and mentoring from passionate, experienced, and professional instructors. We promote teamwork and a commitment to youth development and performance excellence. The students we teach often experience positive life-changing moments and receive skills invaluable in the real world. Our goal is to empower our members and instill confidence, character, passion and drive in them while providing enjoyment to our local community and audiences nationwide.

Vision
Gold Drum and Bugle Corps is part of San Diego-based nonprofit Gold Youth Arts Organization, Inc. Gold provides progressive and highly developed instruction and mentoring from passionate, experienced, and professional individuals to young adults in our local communities. We promote dedication, discipline, teamwork, and a commitment to youth development and performance excellence. The students we teach will experience life-changing moments and begin a journey that will prepare them with skills invaluable in the real world. Our hope is to instill confidence, character, passion and drive into our students while providing enjoyment to our local community and to audiences nationwide.

Mission
As an Open Class member of Drum Corps International, Gold seeks to improve the public’s understanding of and appreciation for music and marching band performance in accordance with DCI’s mission and objectives. Gold’s primary purpose is to enrich the educational, social, ethical and performing arts lives of young adults through the art of marching music instruction and performance.


Corps History

Gold Drum and Bugle Corps was founded in Hawthorne, CA in 2005 by Executive Director Donald Flaherty, Ed.D. The group was formed to expose local students and young adults to a positive youth activity. The corps relocated to Oceanside, CA in 2010 in order to expand its service to the entire Southern California region. Since then the corps has taken several trips out of state, with performances in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Utah and Wisconsin.

Gold has performed at numerous cities and venues across North America. Recent performances have been at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN and Invesco Field in Denver, CO. The corps has also performed at countless venues throughout Southern California including Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and Universal Studios.

Recent awards and honors include:
* Rated one of the top five open class drum corps in the world – 2012
* Drum Corps International World Championship Open Class Finalist – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
* Southern California Regional Champions – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
* Winter Guard Association of Southern California Champions – 2008, 2009
* American Drumline Association Champions – 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
* Southern California Percussion Alliance Open Class Champions – 2007

Gold Youth Arts Organization, Inc is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the state of California.


Lead photo courtesy of Taffy Hui