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Drum and Bugle Corps

Image of the Drum and Bugle Corps.
The Drum and Bugle Corp performs at a Falcon football game.
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Known as the “Flight of Sound,” the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Drum and Bugle Corps has entertained audiences across the nation and abroad, since 1948. The Corps was reassigned from Washington D.C. to the Academy in 1963 and turned over to the Cadet Wing in the Fall of 1971.

The U.S. Air Force Academy Drum and Bugle Corps’ mission is to represent the Academy via musical support of the Cadet Wing and Athletic Department while providing a positive image and improving esprit de corps by developing future officers.


The Drum and Bugle Corps play “Wild Blue Yonder” during a noon meal formation.
Club Accomplishments

The Corps has represented the Academy at presidential inaugurations, the Thanksgiving Day,Tournament of Roses, and Mardi Gras Parades, Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies, as well as many athletic championship games. In addition, the Corps recently traveled to Aspen and Keystone Colorado ski resorts to perform at various functions while enjoying the skiing opportunities. The Corps travels thousands of miles each year performing at Academy home and away athletic events.

Becoming a Member

All cadets are permitted and encouraged to participate in the Cadet Drum and Bugle Corps. Today’s Drum and Bugle Corps is comprised of 75 to 90 cadets using marching brass and percussion. Auditions for the Corps are held after Basic Cadet Training (BCT) in August.