GROUP DRUM & BUGLE CORPS
The Kingston Grenadiers are Canada's only competitive all-ages Drum & Bugle corps, actively competing in the DCA (Drum Corps Associates) circuit. The Grenadiers were originally formed out of the Princess of Wales Own Trumpet Band, and 50 years ago, became a Drum & Bugle Corps when a few key individuals formed the Limestone City Grenadiers. They joined the DCA circuit 1995, and currently hold the record for the most finishes by a Canadian Drum Corps in the Open Class Top Ten at the DCA World Championships. After placing in the top ten 6 years in a row starting in 1998, the Grenadiers captured the DCA World A-Class Championship title in 2004.
Today's Kingston Grenadiers operate as a non-profit organization providing education in the marching arts activity to people of all ages and experience levels. Celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2009, the Grenadiers continue to compete as Canada's sole representative in DCA competition.
Scott Atkins is the Percussion Arranger and Program Coordinator with the Grenadiers, and has been involved with the organization since 1997. Since 2001, Scott and the Grenadiers Drumline have had an exclusive relationship with Sabian Cymbals. "SABIAN is known around the world for producing the highest quality and most innovative sounds for drummers and percussionists in every musical application. We are very fortunate to have a relationship with SABIAN. With a combination of AA, AAX and HHX series in our front ensemble, in addition to the Synergy Series we use on the field, we are able to achieve a very dynamic and colourful soundscape within our ensemble"