The Sunrisers Drum and Bugle Corps
is an All-Age Corps, or Senior Corps, that performs in the Drum Corps Associates
(DCA) circuit. The Sunrisers was started as the Marine Memorial Drum Corps of Nassau County in 1950 by a man named John Hodge. It was originally a junior corps until 1953, when Hodge announced the corps would become a Senior Corps. Many veteran players expressed interest in joining the new senior corps.
The name was originated when Hodge, while listening to the radio, heard the song, "The World is Waiting for the Sunrise" by Les Paul
and Mary Ford
. Immediately, Hodge called Ray Nicholas, the bugle instructor, and told him of his idea to change the name of the corps to the "Sunrisers"
From 1954-57, the Sunrisers became one of the foremost corps in the Long Island area, performing in parades, exhibitions, and standstill competitions.
They went on to march in field competitions, and joined DCA in 1966. That year, the corps placed second to the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps
, of Hawthorne, NJ, by 1.10 points. With continued improvement, the Sunrisers won the American Legion National Championship in 1968, and proved to be a steady contender in the DCA circuit.
The Sunrisers improved their standing in DCA. In 1977, they were "neck-and-neck" with the Caballeros all season, neither corps losing a competition until DCA preliminary competition. At the prelims, the Sunrisers displayed one of their finest performances all season,... Read More