Les Stentors

Other Names:Cadets de l’Académie, La Relève Musicale

Sherbrooke, QUE Canada
Founded: 1987

Active Junior
Open Class
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Stentors de Sherbrooke Corps de Tambours et Clairons (known in the U.S.as Les Stentors Drum and Bugle Corps) is an Open Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps based in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Les Stentors was formed in 1987 as Cadets de l’Académie, a feeder parade corps for the Academie Musicale Drum and Bugle Corps of Sherbrooke. After the inaugural season, the parents of the cadet corps separated from the Academie and changed the name of the unit to La Relève Musicale (one translation would be, "Musical Hot Sauce", another would be "Musical Successor'). When it was suggested in 1993 that the name indicated that they were still a part of the Academie Musicale organization, the corps became Les Stentors; In French, the name means "loud powerful voices" or "toughness."

The corps moved into field competition in 1996 and competied in the Fédération des Associations Musicales du Québec (FAM-Q) drum corps circuit.

The corps made its debut at the Drum Corps Initernational (DCI) World Championships at Sun Prairie, Wisconsin in 1999, placing 11th of 12 corps in Division II. The corps returned to DCI in 2001 and has since missed attending DCI only in two seasons through 2017. The corps was inactive for 2006. Upon returning to the field in 2007, the corps opted not to strain its financial resources by traveling to the West Coast when the championships were held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

Les Stentors had been the only active competitive junior drum and bugle corps in Quebec since 2003 and the only one in Canada since Ontario's Blue Saints went inactive in 2016. However, the corps went inactive following the 2017 season.

The corps returned to the field in 2019, With an impressive vocal duo (one from the guard, one from the pit), a small but solid seven horn brass line (including a killer trombonist), a steady ten piece percussion section, and a talented thirteen member guard, Les Stentors topped its previous high DCI score by nearly five points.

[Les Stentors de Sherbrooke; A History of Drum & Bugle Corps, 2002, Vickers, ed.; Dave Strickler; Helene Boulanger; Drum Corps Internationa]

Members (18)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Beaudette, Marie-Pier Horn line, Soprano 2000 to 2001
Beaudette, Marie-Pier Horn Line, mellophone 2002 to 2003
Beaudette, Marie-Pier Horn Line, soprano 2004
Beaulieu, Patrick Soprano 1995 to 1997
Bernier, Gaby Soprano/Mellophone 1995 to 1999
Lesperance, Sylvain staff 2003 to 2004
Leveille, Yann drum head 2004
Nadeau, Francois drumline 1988 to 1993
Nadeau, Martin Brass (soprano) 1987 to 1994
Nadeau, Martin Brass staff 1997 to 1998
Paralis, Dimitris Soprano 1992 to 1995
Proulx, Maxime Drum line 2002 to 2003
Shea, Carl Drumline 1993 to 1998
Tétrault, Jonathan bass line 1998
Tétrault, Jonathan Snare line 1999
Tétrault, Jonathan drumline staff 2002 to 2003
boulanger, julie soprano 2000 to 2004
roy reynolds, marie-anne colors guard 2003
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