For the past seven years, the Rocketeers have focused on growing an adult ensemble to perform around the Tennessee Valley and grow the area’s awareness of drum and bugle corps. The Rocketeers have shifted their competitive focus based on the current membership of the corps, whether that meant competing in DCA MiniCorps, DCI SoundSport, or as a championship brass choir at the DCA Individual and Ensemble Competition in 2013. Through all of this, the group has remained a relatively small, mostly adult, ensemble focused on the quality of our performance.
For the 2018 season, the Board of Directors has decided that the time is right to begin a new chapter in the corps. The small, adult ensemble will persist and continue to perform around the community as it always has and hopefully more often than ever under the new name “Solid Rocket Brass”, but the decision has been made to field a marching unit as well. The Rocketeers will continue to perform exclusively on G bugles and continuing in that tradition, our field show for the 2018 season will be comprised of drum corps classics, both musically and visually. Recruiting has already begun. On September 23rd, Board members Bill Gullatt and Connor Johnson attended the annual Cullman County Band Exhibition at Cullman High School to spread the word. They received a great response, further encouraging our drive to grow the corps. Recruiting efforts will be continuing at the Scottsboro Marching Festival at Scottsboro High School on October 21st, and at the Limestone County Night of Bands at East Limestone High School on October 24th where the Solid Rocket Brass will be performing in exhibition.
Keep your eyes open for more exciting developments from the North Alabama Drum and Bugle Corps Association (NADBCA), The Rocketeers, and Solid Rocket Brass coming soon!