San Diego, CA United States
Founded: 1996

Inactive Junior
Division I
2000 Anthology of Wind Begins - Canzona * Watchman, Tell Us of the Night * Vesuvius  
2001 Songs of Ceremony - Liturgical Dances * On a Hymnsong of Lowell Mason * Coventry Variant  
2002 206 92.200 Conquest- The Rise and Fall of Empire - Shadows of the Empire * The Crystal Chamber * Cantata (from Alexander Nevsky) * Destruction of Xizor's Palace  
2003 201 95.600 Reflections - Mishima * Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra * You're Still You * Jubal Step  
2004 21 76.325 Five - Heroes Symphony Mvt I * 1000 Airplanes on the Roof * October * Cantus - Song of Aeolus * Five  
2005 20 76.200 Crossroads - Piano Concerto No. 1  
2006 22 72.800 Chakra: Energy, Endurance, Exhilaration - Meetings Along The Edge * Sadhanipa * Song of India * Glass Palace (Mvt III)  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.

CORPS Photos

Founded in the fall of 1997, the Esperanza Drum and Bugle Corps is the second competitive program supported by the Esperanza Performing Arts Association, Inc., of San Diego, California. The group has its roots in the San Diego Brass and Percussion Ensemble, formed a few years earlier.

The Esperanza organization is dedicated to the growth and education of performing arts and pageantry in San Diego County. Its mission is to ensure that performing arts continue to flourish in the community.

Current programs that the Esperanza organization supports include the two Esperanza de Luz winter guards, the San Diego Brass and Percussion Ensemble (a community band), and the Esperanza Scholarship Foundation. The San Diego Brass performs at local band and drum corps shows. The purpose of the ensemble is to provide an opportunity for young and old alike to share in the musical experience only available through performance.

The support and instructional staff involved with Esperanza comprises concerned individuals who support the mission of the Esperanza organization, and strive to provide the youth of San Diego a quality drum corps experience.

The corps competed in DCI Pacific contests in 2000, adding DCI regional competitions in 2001.

In 2002, Esperanza finished sixth in DCI Division II competition, but the 2003 version of the corps won the Division II/III Finals championship in Orlando. The corps was allowed to compete in Division I in 2004, but faced the additional hurdle of the theft of much of their percussion equipment and most of their contras late in 2003.

The 2004 show, entitled 'Five,' was built around an original composition of that name by percussion caption head John Mapes, developing visual ideas based on groupings of five performers. About 105 members marched in 2004, and they finished 21st in their first DCI Division I Quarterfinals.

[; DCW, 3/04, p.3; DCW, 6/11/04, p.22; Dave Strickler]

Members (21)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Bobka, Andrew Baritone 2001 to 2003
Boyce, Hunter Mellophone 2001 to 2003
Chavez, Mike Front Ensemble 2003 to 2006
De Anda, Luis Soprano 2000 to 2002
Dorroh, Dustin Drumline 2004
Finnell, Brianna Trumpets 2006
Giddens, Kathryn Guard 2003
Irwin, Dennis Percussion Tenors 2000
Krymer, Randee Pit '01, Baritone '02, '03, '04 2001 to 2004
Malbrough, Montana pit (timpani) 2003
Millan, Josh Soprano 2002 to 2003
Minor, Kellie Trumpet 2005 to 2006
Olson, Nikki pit 2002 to 2004
Poulan, Key Brass Arranger 2003
Robinson-Zañartu, Felipe Soprano/founding member 2000 to 2005
Salvatierra, Natalie Trumpet 2004 to 2006
smith, Meghan Color Guard 2002
Tompone, Shane Mello/Soprano 2002 to 2003
Wojcik, Michael Soprano 2001
Wojcik, Michael Mellophone 2002 to 2003
Wojcik, Michael Drum Major 2004

CORPS 3 items


Esperanza SanDiego CA from the Bill Ives Collection

Esperanza,SanDiego,CA,LP1-ScriptE(DST-0.625x0.75)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection Contributed by Donn Stroh

Esperanza,SanDiego,CA,Patch1-ScriptE(RE-2.25)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection Contributed by Richard Elmquist