2015 marks the Crimson Kings 65th year in drum corps! We are looking forward to continuing the traditions of class, excellence and pride for many years to come. As we mark this anniversary, we begin our retrospective on the corps, looking back on the history and accomplishments of the Corps throughout the decades. We also look back on the recent past few years and acknowledge that 2012, the year of the dragon, was quite a milestone year for the Crimson Kings.
Highlights of 2012
1) We fielded a corps of 35 members of new faces and many returning veterans, the largest we’ve been in a decade.
2) We welcomed a new CKDC Drum Major: Yvonne Chow
3) The Corps promoted new Line Captains
- Stanley Chow -Brass Line
- Jennifer Huang – Drum Line
- Jenny Li – Fife Line
- Angela Kung – Guard line
4) We welcomed our New Drum instructor Johnny Molina, Jr.
5) We welcomed our New fife instructor Charlotte Acevedo
6) The Corps purchased New Vintage Horns from St Lucy’s Cadets of Newark Drum & Bugle Corps (1927 to 1971: inactive /decommissioned) nearly doubling the size of the hornline
7) Our horns were tuned up with the help of our friend Chuck from Brasslab
8) The corps fielded a new street drill for Chinese New Years 2012
9) The Corps Hosted “The Edge” while they rehearsed for a television program appearance.
10) Our members were featured on Television at the Asian Alliance CAPA Asian Pacific Heritage Festival 5-12-12
11) Also in May, we did our first professional recording of the Corps in our 60 year history at New York City’s MSR studios for the album “Heart and Valor”.
12) We had a very successful parade season: Three Philippine parades: Madison Ave, Jersey City, Passaic; 4th of July Parade in Massapequa, Long Island; Veterans Day; Memorial Day; and the Chinatown/Little Italy Holiday Parade
13) The corps took first place for best music at the 2012 Massapequa Independence Day celebrations (first official competition First place trophies in nearly 10 years)
-We received our 2nd Place trophies we won for Best Music at the 2010 Massapequa July 4h celebrations
14) The corps performed at Hershey Park 8/10/12. We had had fun at the park, enjoyed the Hershey Chocolate World, and Cherry Crest Farms.
15) We prepared our First field drill in 20 years, “Heart & Valor”. The corps was prepared to perform at MetLife Stadium, but the show was never performed for an audience due to complications of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
16) The Corps performed at the Asianinny.com Moon Festival and Fashion Show 2012
17) Two members auditioned for and were accepted to the Cadets2: Drum captain Jen Huang and horn line captain Stanley Chow.
18) We had a tremendous Summer alumni BBQ reunion and Winter talent show.
Check back with us in our next entry as we review more of the history of the corps, acknowledge the accomplishments over the different eras of drum corps, and give a preview of what’s to come.