Sunday's show is free to the community as a "way of saying thank you to Weed and the college," said corps manager David Yunis.
More than 200 performers and support staff from the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps have been staying at the College of the Siskiyous Weed campus and preparing for their upcoming tour of performances in 20 states.
A pre-tour show scheduled for Sunday, June 17, at 8 p.m. in the COS stadium is free of charge to the community. “It’s our way of saying thank you to Weed and the college,” said corps manager David Yunis. He encourages anyone wanting to see the show to arrive between 7 and 7:30 p.m.
An elite corps of more than 150 performers, ages 16 to 21, the Vanguard travels with volunteers and support staff who provide “world class treatment and instruction,” according to Yunis.
Every year they choose two locations for their “spring training,” during which they prepare to take their show on the road. They’ve been starting that training at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, then coming to COS for numerous years.
“We love the scenery, and the town is great,” Yunis said of Weed.
He said spring training days run from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the performers, who come from more than 20 states and four countries.
A non-profit organization that started in 1967, Santa Clara Vanguard, according to information posted at its website (scvanguard.org) is the only organization to be a finalist in the Drum Corps International World Championships since the inception of DCI in 1972. SCV was the first organization in Drum Corps International history to have a World Class and Open Class Champion, and the first organization to have a World Class and Open Class corps in the elite Top 17 (semifinals) of DCI World Championship competitions.
SCV “strives to create a positive atmosphere where young people can grow and mature into responsible young adults; succeeding both as individuals and as members of a tightly woven group,” as stated on the website.
“It’s a unique organization that is special to its members and the community,” Yunis said.
Auditions start each November, when more than 800 performers seek one of 154 spots, according to Yunis.
This year’s tour will include stops in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.
It will conclude at the DCI World Championships in Indiana the week of Aug. 6-11.