The Battalion

Salt Lake City, UT United States
Founded: 2014

Active Junior
Open Class
2016 Run to You - Run To You * to wALk Or ruN in wEst harlem * Meetings Along the Edge * Wayfaring Stranger  
2017 Listen to the Silence - Original music  
2018 Seeing Red - Music from Bruckner * Music from Satie * Music from Beethoven * Original music  
2019 Humanity - Shenandoah * Many Languages, One World * Sunken Cathedral * Symphony No. 4, Mvmt. 4 * Original music  
2020 Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.  
2022 27 73.163 Expand - Also Sprach Zarathustra * I'm Always Chasing Rainbows  
2023 26 74.725 In Our Element - Unstoppable * Ouroboros * Hypercube  
2024 Dead Reckoning - Malaga * Malagueña * Spanish Fantasy Part 1 * Spanish Fantasy Part 4 * My Spanish Heart  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.

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The Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps is an Open Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Battalion was founded in 2014 by a team of local business professionals and educators led by Dallin Hatch, Luke McCollum, and Alyssa McCollum.

The organization's first two years were spent building a solid corporate and educastional structure before any thought was given to recruiting members. The group also hosted educational events throughout the state to explain their mission in trying to create Utah’s first Drum Corps International (DCI) corps.

In the spring of 2016, the corps applied for membership in DCI. After an evaluation of the organization's resources, staff, and plans, on May 18, 2016, DCI approved The Battalion to enter competition as an Open Class corps

As with many new corps in recent years, The Battalion chose to begin with only a short tour in its inaugural season, and its 104 charter members marched in only five shows in four states during the first week of July.

In 2017, the 142 member corps appeared in six shows in five states in nine days, all with two or three Open Class corps competing. In the last two shows, The Battalion was the Open Class champion.

The corps has elected not to compete on Sundays " order to allow corps members take part in preplanned community outreach and service projects where the corps is housed while on tour."

In each of the corps' first four seasonss, it did more than in the previous year. While the corps did a tour of California, its 2019 season ended in Denver two weeks before the DCI Championships. 

The 2020 season was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the corps did not field for the noncompetitive 2021 seaso but returned to the field in 2022.

In recognition of the organization's successful development and continuous improvement, at the DCI Open Class Championbships in Marion, Indiana, The Battalion's director, Katherine Steinacker was awarded the 2022 David Kampshroer Leadership Award for Director of the Year. 

[The Batallion; Drum Corps World; 15 July 2016; Drum Corps International]

Members (1)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Pack, Connor Visual Staff 2017
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