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5.11 What are all those strange abbreviations and/or nicknames people keep using when writing about drum corps? (Drum corps)




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This article is from the Drum corps FAQ, by Cathy Doser cathyd@halcyon.com with numerous contributions by others.

5.11 What are all those strange abbreviations and/or nicknames people keep using when writing about drum corps? (Drum corps)


It's a lot easier to use an abbreviation or nickname than to have
to type the entire corps name every time. Here is a short table of
abbreviations:

'Coats or BC = Bluecoats (Canton, OH)
BD = Blue Devils (Concord, CA)
BK = Blue Knights
Boston or BAC (Bad Ass Crusaders?) = Boston Crusaders (Boston, MA)
Cadets or Garfield or CBC = Cadets of Bergen County (Hackensack, NJ)
(they used to be called the Garfield Cadets until 1989)
Cavies = Cavaliers (Rosemont, IL)
G-Men = Glassmen
MS or Madison or Scouts = Madison Scouts (Madison, WI)
Magic = Magic of Orlando (Orlando, FL)
PR or Phantom = Phantom Regiment (Rockford/Loves Park, IL)
SCV or Vanguard = Santa Clara Vanguard (Santa Clara, CA)
Sky = Sky Ryders (Shawnee, KS, TX)
Spirit = Spirit of Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)
Star = Star of Indiana (Bloomington, IN)
Suncoast = Suncoast Sound (Pinillas Park, FL)
VK or Velvet = Velvet Knights (Anaheim, CA)
X-Men = Crossmen
27 = the 27th Lancers (a former open class corps from Revere, MA
now an alumni corps)
In DCA:
Cabs = Caballaroes
Sky = Skyliners
Emp. or Empire = Empire Statesmen
Buccs = Reading Buccaneers

Other abbreviations include:
contra = contrabass bugle
bari or bary = baritone bugle
sop = soprano bugle
DM = drum major
GE = general effect

 

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