Vanguard Cadets


Other Names:Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets; SCV Cadets

Santa Clara, CA United States
Founded: 1971

Active Junior
Open Class
YearPositionScoreTheme/Songs
1982 Main Theme (from the film, Superman) * Can You Read My Mind (love theme from the film, Superman) * The Eagle and the Hawk  
1983 Festive Overture * Main Theme (from the film, Superman) * Battle in the Mutara Nebula (from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) * When You Wish Upon a Star (from Pinocchio) * If You Believe (from The Wiz)  
1984 Festive Overture * Superman Medley * Last Chance to Dance * Black Saddle * If You Believe (from The Wiz)  
1985 Conquest (from Captain From Castile) * Forgotten Dreams * Once In A Lifetime (from Stop the World I Want To Get Off) * Hungarian Dance No. 2 * You'll Never Walk Alone (from Carousel)  
1986 Land of Make Believe * Baia * You Can't Hurry Love * Imagine * Black Saddle * Tradition (from Fiddler on the Roof)  
1987 The Voyage Home (From Star Trek IV) * Echano * Clock * Land of Make Believe  
1988 Scenes From the Louvre * Wild Life Market Street * In the Stone * Theme from Dirty Dancing * Henry V  
1989 Mutiny on the Bounty * Children's Crusade * Hopak * Waterskiing * On My Own  
1990 Russian Sailor's Dance (from The Red Poppy) * Who Will Buy (from Oliver) * If You Believe (from The Wiz)  
1991 27 62.200 Theme from The Big Country * In Quiet Dignity * Echoes of Ancient Battles * This is One of Those Moments (from Yentl) * Anything but Lonely (from Apects of Love)  
1992 Selections from Robin Hood Prince of Thieves - Overture (from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) * Maid Marion (from Robin Hood) * Little John and the Band in the Forest (from Robin Hood) * The Final Battle at the Gallows (from Robin Hood) * Danza Final (From Estancia Ballet)  
1993 25 69.300 Selections from Far and Away - Land Race (from Far and Away) * Oklahoma Territory (from Far and Away) * Blowing Off Steam (from Far and Away) * The Big Match (from Far and Away) * Race to the River (from Far and Away)  
1994 The Music of Michael Kamen - Courante (from The Three Musketeers) * Concerto For Saxophone * Estampie (from The Three Musketeers) * Shining Through * Galliard (from The Three Musketeers)  
1995 The Red Pony * Fall River Legend * Wyatt Earp  
1996 Piano Concerto No. 2, First Movement * Dance of the Comedians * Ballet Suite No 3 * Alexander Nevsky  
1998 205 93.700 Selections from the Broadway Musical Titanic - The Boarding-Godspeed Titanic (from the play Titanic) * Barrett's Song (from the play Titanic) * The Proposal (from the play Titanic) * Ship of Dreams (from the play Titanic)  
1999 Scenes From the Louvre * The Gathering of the Ranks at Hebron * Merry Mount Suite  
2000 17 74.700 Journey From The Darkness - The Dream of Oenghus * The Song of Moses * Message of The Man (from Escape From Plato's Cave) * The Cave, The Struggle and Man From The Light! (from Escape From Plato's Cave) * Main From Light! (from Escape From Plato's Cave) * Escape...Into The Light! (from Escape From Plato's Cave)  
2001 Tempered Steel * Partita * The Gift of Love * Time to Take Back the Knights  
2002 204 94.350 Molto Ritmico (from Dance Movements) * Lento (from Dance Movements) * Timestorm (from Stormworks) * The Easter Symphony  
2003 Overture to a New Era * Urban Dances * American Beauty * The Easter Symphony  
2004 203 94.725 Engulfed Cathedral * The New Moon in the Old Moon's Arms * New Beginnings * Celebration Overture  
2005 Through the Rainforest (from Amazonian Rainforest) * The Anaconda (from Amazonian Rainforest) * Message of The Man (from Escape From Plato's Cave) * Sentenced to Death (from Pit and the Pendulum) * The Descent into the Dark Unknown (from Pit and the Pendulum) * Checkered Flag (from Need for Speed)  
2006 205 89.525 Innovations - Mishima: Opening * Primacy of Number (from Naqoyqatsi) * Water Dances: Gliding * The Grid (from Koyaanisqatsi)  
2007 205 90.400 Ascension: Music from The Divine Comedy - Purgatorio (from The Divine Comedy) * The Inferno (from The Divine Comedy) * Paradiso (from The Divine Comedy) * The Ascension (from The Divine Comedy)  
2008 201 96.825 Perspectives - Perspectives  
2009 202 94.700 Love - When I Fall in Love * Seasons of Love (from Rent) * Elephant Love Medley (from Moulin Rouge) * Tango de Roxanne (from Moulin Rouge) * Nessun Dorma (from Turandot)  
2010 Chakra - Introduction, Root and Sacral Chakras (from Chakra) * Solar and Heart Chakras (from Chakra) * Throat Chakra (from Chakra) * Head and Crown Chakras (from Chakra)  
2011 23 72.850 Balance - Symmetry * Equilibrium * Harmony * Equality  
2012 22 72.750 Heroes and Legends - Main Titles from Rome * Danse Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah * Viva la Vida * Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengence * Wishing you Were Somehow Here Again from Phantom of the Opera * Russian Christmas Music * Great Gate of Kiev (from Pictures at an Exhibition)  
2013 21 77.700 The Art of War - Unto the Breach * Night on Bald Mountain * Elegy at Dunkirk from 'Atonement' * Hut of Baba-Yaga (from Pictures at an Exhibition) * Adagio for Strings * The Promise of Living (from Tender Land)  
2014 18 80.200 The Road Not Taken - Kaval Sviri * Meetings Along the Edge * Forbidden Friendship from How to Train Your Dragon * Test Drive from How to Train Your Dragon * I'll Stand by You * Symphony #5 * Secrets  
2015 16 79.350 On Cloud Nine - Life (from Prometheus) * Awakening (from On Cloud Nine) * Girl with the Plums (from Perfume) * Big Hero Six  
2016 20 78.000 The One - Pines of the Appian Way from Pines of Rome * Due Tramonti * Iza Ngosmo (Come Tomorrow)  
2017 16 81.975 In Pieces - Feedback * Temen Oblak * Kaleidoscope * Harvest  
2018 Off the Wall - Bicycle Race * Sounding Board * Fly to Paradise * Rebound  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.
Vanguard Cadets
Drum and Bugle Corps
Vanguard Cadets logo.jpg
LocationSanta Clara, CA
DivisionOpen Class
Founded1971
DirectorSteve Barnhill
Championship titlesDCI Division II' 2000
Open Class, 2008, 2013, 2015 & 2017
Uniform(2017) Black & grey on white computer-printed body suit
(Pit percussion– white & grey on black; Guard– black on pink)
Black gauntlets
Black shoes,
No headgear
Websitescvanguard.org/vanguard_cadets/

The Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, known simply as the Vanguard Cadets, is an Open Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps based in Santa Clara, California.


The  corps was formed in 1971 as a  feeder corps to the Santa Clara Vanguard. Initially a parafde corps, by the mid-Seventies, it had become a "cute kids" field corps.
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The Vanguard Cadets began sporadic touring in 1990. In 2000, The Cadets became the first feeder corps ever to achieve DCI membership, 

In the corps fourth appearance at Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championships since 1991, the Vanguard Cadets won the 2000 DCI Division II World Championship. The corps did not defend its title in '01, as it was then only attending DCI every other year.

The Cadets attended DCI 2006-09 and won its second title in the renamed Open Class in 2008. The corps once more passed up DCI in 2010, but has attended every year since.

Despite their cadet corps status, the Vanguard Cadets are a fully competitive Open Class corps and have won additional World Championships in 2013, '15, amd '17.


[Vanguard Music and Performing Arts; A History of Drum & Bugle Corps, 2002, Steve Vickers, ed. ; Dave Strickler; Drum Corps International]

Members (24)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Alfaro, Fernando Soprano 1998 to 2001
Cooper, Brent Pit 1991 to 1993
Cordes, Lindsay Colorguard/Trumpet 2000 to 2001
Freitas, Todd Baritone-Contra-Euphonium-Drum Major 2001 to 2003
Granard, Noah Trumpet 2015
Mandler, Julianna Trumpet 2002 to 2004; 2006
Mavroudis, Emily color guard 1996
McCall, Justin Cymbal Line 2001 to 2002
McCallie, Russ Baritone 2003
McCann, Brad Contra 2001 to 2002
McWilliams, Mike Soprano 1974 to 1976
Sanchez, Matthew Contrabass 2002
Sandoval, Antonio Tenors 2003
Savalza, Nate Soprano 2000
Severino, Michelle Colorguard 2001
Strauss, Nick Contra Bass 2002
Strauss, Nick contra 2002 to 2003
Sweet, Orion Hornline 2011
Tubongbanua, Ryan Contra (Drum Major Candidate) 2005
Wang, Basil baritone 2002
White, Lauren Baritone 2002 to 2003
Yagghiyaei, Shant Hornline (Trumpet) 2015; 2017
Yeh, Esther Percussion - Pit 2001
Yeh, Esther Soprano 2003

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Vanguard Cadets

Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets Uniform 1955 from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Pat Seidling
Vanguard Cadets

Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets 1955 from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Pat Seidling

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