Carolina Crown

Fort Mill, SC United States
Founded: 1990

Active Junior
World Class
1990 The Music Man - Goodnight My Someone (from The Music Man) * Ya Got Trouble (from The Music Man) * Lida Rose (from The Music Man) * Marian the Librian (from The Music Man) * Till There Was You (from The Music Man) * Goodnight Ladies (from The Music Man) * 76 Trombones (from The Music Man)  
1991 Music of Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 3 * March Opus 99 * Troika (from Lieutenant Kije Suite) * Alexander Nevsky * Ivan the Terrible  
1992 The Dances of Malcolm Arnold - English Dance I (Set One, Op. 27) * English Dance II (Set Two, Op. 53) * English Dance IV (Set One, Op 27) * Four Scottish Dances III (Op. 59) * Four Cornish Dances IV (Op. 91)  
1993 Aztec Dance (from La Fiesta Mexicana) * Mass (from La Fiesta Mexicana) * Carnival (from La Fiesta Mexicana)  
1994 A Southwestern Impression - El Salon Mexico * Rio Grande from Santa Fe Saga * Round Up from Santa Fe Saga * Wagon Train from Santa Fe Saga * Fiesta (from Santa Fe Saga)  
1995 Stormworks - Stormworks * Watermark * The Storm  
1996 Chess...And the Art of Strategy - Strategical Fanfare * Presto with Malice (from the First Symphony) * Nimrod (from Enigma Variations) * Variation XV (based on themes from Enigma Variations)  
1997 Postcards from Britain - Crown Imperial * Terpsichore, Mvt 4 * Nimrod (from Enigma Variations) * Jig (from St. Paul's Suite)  
1998 Heroes Then and Now: The Music of Alfred Reed - Russian Christmas Music * Armenian Dances * Praise Jerusalem  
1999 Jekyll and Hyde - Prologue (from Jekyll and Hyde) * Once Upon A Dream (from Jekyll and Hyde) * Murder, Murder (from Jekyll and Hyde) * Confrontation (from Jekyll and Hyde) * In His Eyes (from Jekyll and Hyde) * Façade (from Jekyll and Hyde)  
2000 Mask of Zorro - The Main Title (from the Mask of Zorro) * The Ride (from the Mask of Zorro) * Diego's Goodbye (from the Mask of Zorro) * Stealing the Map (from the Mask of Zorro)  
2001 Industry - Original Music * Concerto for 4 Percussion * Main Theme from Cider House Rules * Motown Metal  
2002 Greek Mythology, Stories of Gods and Heroes - Zeus (2nd Essay) * Eros (Javelin) * Icarus (One Day I'll Fly Away from Moulin Rouge) * Medusa (Medea) * Piano Concerto  
2003 Bell-isimo - Mass (from La Fiesta Mexicana) * Earth from Symphony #1 * Stained Glass * Engulfed Cathedral * Carol of the Bells  
2004 Bohemia - Ma Vlast (The Moldeau) * La Boheme * Epistrophy * Seasons of Love (from Rent) * Beat Generation * Bohemian Rhapsody  
2005 Angelus! - The Reason * A Mighty Fortress * Angel * Never Surrender from First Knight * Joy (from Awakening) * Call of the Mountain (from Gates of Gold)  
2006 In.Trance.It - Urban Dances * Celestial Night  
2007 Triple Crown - Theme From Dreamer * The Trap * Wild Horses * Happy Ending (from The Red Pony) * Manny's Story (from Dreamer) * William Tell Overture * Last Race (from Dreamer)  
2008 Finis - Candide * Toccata and Fugue in D minor * Barber of Seville * Ninth Symphony (Ode to Joy) * Midsummer Night's Dream #9 * Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque) * One Hand One Heart (from West Side Story) * Somewhere (from West Side Story) * Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 * Festive Overture * 1812 Overture * Appalachian Spring * Hallelujah Chorus  
2009 The Grass is Always Greener... - The Promise of Living (from Tender Land) * Church Windows * Puck (from Il Sogno) * Over the Rainbow (from The Wizard of Oz) * Somewhere (from West Side Story) * Hybrid * Slalom * Sensemaya * The Promise of Living (from Tender Land)  
2010 A Second Chance - Resurrection Symphony (Symphony No. 2) * Symphony No. 2 * Danzon No. 2 * Nimrod from Enigma Variations * Resurrection Symphony (Symphony No. 2)  
2011 Rach Star - We WIll Rock You * Symphonic Dances * Paint it Black * Eruption * Bohemian Rhapsody * Piano Concerto No. 2 * Piano Concerto No. 1 * Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini  
2012 For the Common Good - Dreams * Fanfare for the Common Man  
2013 E=mc2 - Also Sprach Zarathustra * Einstein on the Beach * Walking With Heroes * The Devil's Bridge * The Abyss * The Light Fantastic * The Dark Side of the Moon  
2014 Out of this World - Space Oddity * Interstellar Suite * Shadow Behind the Iron Sun * There's No Place Like Home from LOST * Major Tom * Perihelion * Vitae Aeternum  
2015 Inferno - Gates of Hell * Dies Irae (from Verdi's Requiem) * Symphony for Organ and Orchestra * Adagio in G minor * Symphony No. 9  
2016 Relentless - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly * The Ecstasy of Gold * Dance of Vengence (from Medea) * Journey of the Lone Wolf * El Tango de Roxanne * Hallelujah * Li Triello * Equilibrium  
After nine winter camps, a month and a half of daily rehearsals, four exhibitions, two parades, and 13 shows, the 61 charter members of Carolina Crown completed their inaugural season at the 1990 DCI World Championships in Buffalo, New York, placing 33rd in Open Class competition.

Crown's first two tours took them to performances in eight states involving 6000 miles of travel. Regional performances included the DCE Regional Championship, DCI South, and DCI East. Several established corps such as the Cadets of Bergen County and the Spirit of Atlanta established "big brother" relationships with Crown, helping the corps throughout the season.

The decision to base Carolina Crown's first show on "The Music Man" was intentional, as the musical tells the story of a man who comes to town to start a band. The spirited closer "76 Trombones" often got the audience clapping along. Crown's first year might be described as a small corps with a big heart. Everyone was a rookie. There was no past to remember, only the present to live in and the future to build.

In 1991 Carolina Crown experienced a major growth spurt both in numbers and proficiency. DCI Finals in Dallas saw Crown placing second in Division II competition, winning all captions except percussion. Crown achieved another milestone in its short history later that week by gaining DCI member status with its 25th place finish in Open Class competition.

1992, with a show featuring the music of Sir Malcolm Arnold, saw Crown placing third in Division II competition, once again taking honors in the brass, color guard, and drum major captions. In addition, Crown retained its member status by placing 25th in Open Class.

After only four years on the field, Carolina Crown came of age in Jackson, Mississippi, by capturing the DCI Division II title. Performing its most complex show to date, Crown won high honors in brass, general effect, and perhaps most importantly, percussion. The victory was made extra sweet with Crown's 21st place finish in Open Class.

Carolina Crown's fifth year saw the corps moving fully into Open Class competition for the first time since 1990. New ground was broken yet again as Crown achieved semifinal status with a 17th place finish at Semifinals in Boston, performing a program of Copland and Gould.

1995’s Rich Stadium-based contemporary repertoire show entitled 'Stormworks' put Crown into the top 12 for the first time. Marching its largest corps to date, the 110 member group established itself as a DCI finalist by placing 11th on Finals night.

Crown marched 124 members in 1996, but no one in the audience could tell for the first two minutes of the program as corps members darted in and out from behind moving chess pieces, an effort that placed Crown tenth at DCI Finals, their highest placement yet. The music of Walton and Elgar provided the staging for Crown's most complex visual program to date.

It seems fitting for Carolina Crown to undertake a British theme for its last show as a Charlotte-based corps in 1997 (as the city was named for Queen Charlotte of Britain). 'Postcards from Britain' took sensitivity and care to master as the brass arrangements contained many exposed sections and technical passages.

After relocating to Ft. Mill, South Carolina, Crown's youthful 1998 brass section put in performances of the symphonic music of Alfred Reed that silenced the critics who initially believed Crown's horn line to be "too young for top 12." That, combined with a tight percussion section and possibly Crown's best color guard to date, put the corps into DCI Finals yet again as they placed 11th on Finals night.

The Broadway hit "Jekyll and Hyde" provided the musical program for Carolina Crown's 10th anniversary season. Contrast was a key element in the show's presentation, as drill design and costumes were selected to depict the conflict of good versus evil throughout the story. 1999, however, belonged to the color guard. The color guard took everyone's breath away with amazing equipment tosses, wonderful dance work and provocative costume changes that earned them a sixth place finish on Finals night. The corps finished 11th overall.

The soundtrack for the motion picture "The Mask of Zorro" provided Carolina Crown with a program that entertained the audience right to 'Z' end in 2000. Special recognition went to the amazing Carolina Crown percussionists who turned in their best performance yet, enjoying a seventh place finish at Finals.

Take some giant wooden planks, add a few rubber tires, mix with large sheets of metal, and you have the recipe for 'Industry,' a show that created different sounds and visual touches in innovative ways, providing Crown fans with a more abstract incarnation of the corps, with the music supplementing the show's concept rather than vice versa. This, coupled with an improved brass section and a tour that took the corps out West for the first time, allowed the Crown to attract more fans and entertain a wider audience. With an outstanding Saturday night performance, Crown's seventh consecutive appearance in the DCI Finals put them in elite company in tenth place at the end of 2001. The 128-member Crown finished 16th in 2002, but rebounded smartly in 2003 to finish tenth in Finals with a show entitled 'Bell-issimo,' celebrating the sound of bells.

In 2003, corps members were allowed to earn college credit at University of North Carolina at Charlotte for a full summer's participation in Carolina Crown.

2004 was the year that amplification was authorized in drum corps competition, and Crown took full advantage. Their show was 'Bohemia,' and the book ranged from Puccini's "La Boheme" to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." But it was "Seasons of Love" that captivated the crowd when a group of guard and brass players downed equipment and picked up mics to form a ballodic vocal ensemble. Crown finished Finals night in seventh place, their best ever placement, three places higher than their previous best DCI finish.

“Developing lifelong excellence in young people through a superior and challenging performing arts education experience,” continues to be the goal of Carolina Crown.

[Carolina Crown; DCW, 4/03, p.10]

Members (102)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Adams, Joey Soprano 1999
Akey, Josh Snare 1997
Bennett, Rebecca Front Ensemble 2003
Bingham, Andy Trumpet 2004
Bishop, Mike Front Ensemble (Pit) 2006 to 2008
Bishop, Mike Percussion Faculty 2010 to 2012
Bivens, Sam Tuba 2005
Bolger, Beth Front Ensemble 2003; 2005
Brinkman, Chad Mellophone/Trumpet 2004 to 2005
Brown, David Trumpet 2002
Brown, David Trumpet 2002
Burdick, Katherine baritone 2001 to 2002
Carnes, Ty Trumpet 2002
Chace, Patrick colorguard 2005
Chavez, Mike Front Ensemble 2007
Curry, Lance Drumline 2004
Doty, Kevin Mellopone 2002
Drummond, Lainey mellophone 2002
Ellis, Terrace Baritone 1997
Ellisor, Jamey Front Ensemble - Timpani 1999 to 2004
Evans, Trevlin Hornline 2002 to 2003
Frith, Jason Front Ensemble 1995
Funderburk, Chris Soprano 1990 to 1991
Garrison, David Snare 2003
Gaulke, Nathan Soprano 2010 to 2011
Gill, Matt Soprano 2005
Gipson, Derek soprano tech 1999
Gipson, Jennifer baritone 1999 to 2001
Gornto, Rod Mellophone 1990 to 1992; 1994
Gray, Daniel Soprano 2002
Green, Chris Soprano 1992 to 1994
Green, Chris Mellophone 1996
Gulledge, Joe Mellophone 1991
Hensley, Emory Drumline - Quads 2006
Hernandez, Matthew Trumpet 2012 to 2014
Horne, Alan Soprano 1999
Hubbard, Kylee Colorguard 2010 to 2011
Hyland, Michael Hornline - Trumpet 2001
Jackson, Marvin Colorguard 2003 to 2004
Jacobson, Nicholas Baritone 2006 to 2008
Jones, Marcus Brass 1991 to 1992
Jones, Marcus Operations Staff 1993 to 2002
Kaiser, Brian Mellophone 2008
Lagge, Kathryn colorguard 2002; 2005
Landini, Neil Front Percussion 1995 to 1996
Lee, Jason Trumpet 2001 Mello 2002 2001 to 2002
Leitzke, Mike Front Ensemble 2006 to 2008
Love, Ben Lead Trumpet 2003
Lumapas, Stevenson Colorguard 2002
MacKenzie, Justis Tuba 2010
Marshall, Robyn baritone 2006
Maxie, Scott Hornline- Mellophone 2001 to 2002
McDaniel, Samantha Euphonium 2003
McFarlin, Adam Contra 2001
McGinnis, Steve Contra 2001
Mersinger, Max Euphonium 2003
Mitchell, Bryan Contra 2005
Mitchell, Javian Baritone 2007
Moede, Megan Front Ensemble 2006
Moore, Michael colorguard 2005
Morris, Billy Contrabass 2005
Mouille, Katie mellophone 2005
Nadolny, Matt Timpani 2005
Norris, Luke Colorguard 1995
Norris, Luke Support Staff 1999 to 2002
Nuesch, Carolyn Mellophone 2003
Peel, Bernie Driver 2011
Phillips, Stan Contra 2001 to 2002
Rasmussen, Mike front ensemble 1998
Roberts, Drew Baritone 2004
Russell, Jeremy Contra 1998 to 2000
Rutt, Christopher Mellophone 1999
Shane, Larry Brass Faculty 2006 to 2008
Smith, Ginger Soprano 1997 to 1998
Smith, Ginger Visual Staff 2001
Smith, Taylor Contra 2003 to 2005
Sroka, David Euphonium 1997
Stafford, KJ Pit 2001 to 2002
Stein, Nate Snare Drum 2002
Stevenson, Becky Mellophone (Auditioning) 2005
Stewart, Nick soprano,mellophone 2003 to 2004
Stovall, Tommy Baritone 1999
Sykes, Taylor Soprano 2004 to 2006
Tanaka, Rumi trunpet 2005
Torgerson, Chip Contra '92 - Soprano '93, '94 1992 to 1994
Travers, Antonio Trumpet/Baritone/Mellophone 2001 to 2003
Tuohy, Daniel Mellophone 2002
Turner, Stephen Contra(90) Drum Major (91) 1990 to 1991
Underwood, Damon Drum Major 1993
Vail, James Brass - Contra 2007
Velazquez, David Contra 2008
Wachholz, Patrik Bb Trumpet 2001
Wachholz, Patrik Trumpet 2001; 2003
Walch, Chris Tuba 2005
Washington, Larry Mellophone 2001
Wells, Michael Baritone 2009 to 2012
Whipple, Carl Horn/Marching staff 1991 to 1992; 1994
White, Katie Baritone 2005
garza, john hornline 1990 to 1995
jill, jack Pit 2011 to 20015
van Letht, Tim Baritone 2002
wheeler/baker, jessica/cameron Brass 1999 to 2000

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