Parent Information

Parents get just as excited as the kids!

The drum corps program and experience that we provide is youth-based, ages 14 – 21. As such, we believe that parents play a vital role in the success of your child’s experience, as well as the overall team. This page will provide some of the information and insight about the Oregon Crusaders organization, as well as the drum corps activity. Why should you support your student in their pursuit of becoming a member of a drum corps? 

Music is Good For Your Kids

At Oregon Crusaders, we believe in the benefits of playing a musical instrument and, through our own empirical experience, have acquired a personal understanding and *know* that it improves cognitive abilities and quality of life.

Watch this TED Talk video about how playing an instrument benefits your brain.

See What Our Members Have Said

“Someone asked me the other day what my biggest achievement in life is so far.  It was what I accomplished this summer. OC taught me so much about myself and life in general. I am a better person, thanks to each and every person I met.”

Quinn Johnston, Color Guard

“At Oregon Crusaders, I have found the challenge I was seeking, the friendships I’ve been yearning, and the experience of a lifetime. You will keep eating it all up, learning, growing, and you will be positively forever changed by it.”

Nathan Reichwein, Brass

“This has been the best experience I have had in my four years of marching.”

Zach Desjarlais, Percussion

OC Tools for Parents

DCI Tools for Parents

Drum Corps International (DCI) has provided an excellent Overview and Q&A for parents about the drum and bugle corps activity that may help answer your questions. Prospective members will also find it to be an interesting read.

Go to the DCI Parent Primer