Other Names:Capitol Freelancers

Sacramento, CA United States
Founded: 1980

Inactive Junior
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  • Position: 14
  • Score: 84.300
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Embarking on its fourth decade of existence, the current Sacramento Freelancer organization is proud of its rich history. What began in 1933 as a part of the American Legion system has evolved into a respected top 12 drum and bugle corps. This journey is commemorated by the proud display of the corps' banners in Freelancer Hall, the home of Sacramento's DCI Open Class corps.

In 1963, Parker Silva took over the leadership of the existing American Legion Post 391 and formed the Manheart Capitalaires, an all-girl junior drum and bugle corps. When the unit opened participation to males in 1970, the word Manheart was dropped from the name. Another name change to Capital Freelancers of Sacramento occurred in 1973 as the corps separated from their American Legion sponsorship.

The corps toured nationally for the first time in 1975. Caravaning all the way to the East Coast, the Freelancers managed to gain DCI membership by placing 18th at the National Championships, although it took a personal loan from a parent boosters to get them home again.

In 1976, the corps again set out on national tour with determination, but cash flow as still an issue. Part of the members' motivation on the tour was to do well enough in the shows so that they could eat and move on to the next show with the prize money. The precarious journey reached a climax on Prelims day when an empty kitchen and wallet spurred the Capital Freelancers to an incredible 11th place finish. It was the corps’ first placement in DCI's elite top 12.

Soon after, the organization was able to establish the BINGO Hall as a more stable source of funding. The Freelancers used the financial security effectively in 1977 by landing a spot in Finals and earning a tie for eighth place. Another milestone occurred in 1980 as the corps changed its name to the Sacramento Freelancers. Throughout the early 1980s, the corps consistently finished in the DCI top 12.

In 1986, the first time in over fifty years, the organization would not field a corps. Due to financial struggles, the members of the board of directors decided to take the corps inactive in hopes of establishing a stronger future. Their courageous decision, despite concerns that the corps might never revive, ensured that the Freelancers are around today.

"Sac Is Back!" was the battle cry in 1987 as the Freelancers came roaring back from the year‘s hiatus. Their 19th place finish was the highest placing of any corps right after an inactive season, and the unprecedented tenth place finish in 1989 made the Freelancers the first corps ever to regain finalist standing after being inactive. Since then the Freelancers has continued to be one of the leading drum and bugle corps in the country.

Modern Freelancer members have a proud history on which to draw for inspiration: their eagerness to try, determination to achieve, and tradition of pride is rooted in an appreciation of the pain of those who preceded them.

Although the Freelancers produces a competitive winter guard element, the drum and bugle corps has not appeared in DCI competition since 1994.

[1994 Sound Expo Show Souvenir Program; Dave Strickler]

Members (76)

Member Name Section Years Involved
(DeRose)Nissen, Martha color guard 1977 to 1983
Allison, Carl Hornline - Lead Baritone 1977 to 1983
Ayers, Tracy color guard 1976 to 1977
Baily, Sue Pit 1985 to 1986; 1988
Banks, Johnny Baritone 1977 to 1979
Belarmino, Jim Horn 1980
Biagini, Syndie Colorguard 1985
Biagini, Syndie Color Gaurd 1985
Boston, Kerry Baritone 1976
Branson, Mark Tenors 1987 to 1990
Brown, Michael Baritone 1976 to 1977
Castle, Jim Riffle Line 1980 to 1982
Collins, Bill Brass caption head 1973 to 1975
Collins, Bill co-caption head 1978
Cornelius, CJ Baritone 1987 to 1992
Crow, Bob Drumline 1985
Cuthbert, Scott Snare 1980
Dowden, Kristey Percussion 1989
Ellichman, Nancy French Horn 1985
Farnsworth, Michael Colorguard 1987
Garrett, Radar upper lead soprano 1979 to 1982
Gaughan, Mike Soprano 1982
Giles, Kelli Colorguard 1991 to 1994
Henderson, Lozell drumline(cymbals) 1982
Hendricks, Keri Color Guard 1987 to 1990
Higgins, Quinn Mellophone 1987 to 1991
Hill, Jeff Flugal Horn 1985
Hudson, Todd Soprano 1989 to 1994
Isble, Chuck Hornline 1976
Knudson, Todd rifle, colorguard 1984
Kroening, Brett baritone 1979
Krupp, Jennifer French Horn / Alto 1988 to 1991
Lee, Joseph Drumline (bass/pit/tenors) 1984 to 1986
Lewis, Nathaniel (Junior) Snare 1989
Lucas, Jeff Euphonium 1985 to 1986
MacRae, Mark Soprano 1976; 1979
Maloney, George Sop - Drum Major 1977 to 1978
Matsen, Clint Lead Baritone 1989 to 1992
Matsen, Clint Brass Staff 1993
Mendoza, Paul color guard 1984 to 1985
Mitchell, Marcus Colorguard/Rifle 1981 to 1983
Morgan, Kim colorguard 1993 to 1994
Newton, Jeffrey Drumline (Tenors) 1982 to 1983
Olson, Mike Alto/Mellophone 1990 to 1992
Oneyear, Kari Color Guard 1984
Panganiban, Marvin snare 1982 to 1983
Pierce, Mark tenors 1979
Piliotis, Mike Soprano 1992
Pope, Jack Snare 1985 to 1986
Prosser, Stephen Altos 1988 to 1991
Reynolds, Michael Horn Line - Contra Bass 1973 to 1975
Rogers, Dave Soprano 1991
Sabonis, Kate color guard 1990 to 1991
Sawyer, Frederick (Tony) Mellophone 1982 to 1984
Schneider, Charles Brass 1982
Shatto, James Euphonium 1988 to 1992
Shatto, James Cooking Staff 1993
Shatto, James Hornline / Euphonium 1988 to 1992
Silvas, Serena color guard 1991 to 1993
Slabaugh, Tom Battery (Bass Drum & Snare) 1982 to 1986
Slabaugh, Tom Staff 1987 to 1990
Sweeney-Robinson, Francine Colorguard 1985
Sylke, Scott Soprano 1989
Tetrick, Bill Drumline(Mallets) 1977
Visco, Julie Horn Line -French Horn 1987 to 1988
Visco, Julie Hornline 1987 to 1988
Voet, Lenny Sop 1978 to 1979; 2010 to 2011
Watt, Phil Cymbals 1986
Wiener, Catherine Colorguard 1992 to 1994
Wiggins, Tracy Snare 1994
ayers, mike 1977 tympani, 78-2nd soprano, 79/80 - Vibes 1977 to 1980
brown, derick cymbals 1985
edwards, richard contra 1991
van den Bergen, David Soprano 1993

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Freelancers from the Bill Ives Collection