Golden Empire

Bakersfield, CA United States
Founded: 2014

Active Junior
Open Class

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Golden Empire is an Open Class junior field competition corps based in Bakersfield, California.

The corps was founded in the Fall of 2013 at Bakersfield College to augment the existing Bakersfield College Drumline.

After recruiting and staffing was added, a musical programwas developed and auditions were held. Members of the new corps rehearsed throughout the Winter and Spring, then the corps held a training camp in the mountains at Lebec, California.

On May 21, 2014 DCI announced that Golden Empire was one of seven new or renewed corps approved to enter competition tat summer.

On June 20, Golden Empire made its competitive debut at Clovis, California. The 93-member corps (with 43 brass, 21 battery percussion, 10 front ensemble, 16 auxiliary/color guard, and 3 drum majors) placed 3rd in Open Class, behind Vanguard Cadets and Blue Devils B, both then three-time world champions in the class.

For its first season, Golden Empire scheduled only eight contests on four weekends in June and July, and the corps made appearances in Southern, Central, and Northern California. The corps has since limited itself to only about a dozen shows each season.

In 2018, the corps will travel to the Drum Corps International World Championships for the first time, maintaining its limited schedule, with a two week break between a series of regional shows and traveling to shows in Iowa and Illinois en route to DCI.

[Golden Empire Performing Arts; Drum Corps International; Drum Corps World. July 2014]

Members (6)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Aragon, Aaron Drum Major 2014 to 2016
Guerrero, AnnMarie colorguard 2014
Hernandez, Rebecca euphonium 2015
Hill, Alyssa Mellophone 2015
Johnson, Grant Timpani 2016
Weisinger, Karlin Drum Major 2019 to 2021
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