"The Bayou City Blues...

...is a non-profit, intergenerational organization for motivated and talented musicians. In twice a month rehearsals taught by qualified professionals, we seek to provide an opportunity to prepare and perform a variety of music from classics to jazz to pops. Through the exchange of ideas and personal interaction, we work together to create a musical experience that will last a lifetime."


The Bayou City Blues All Age Drum & Bugle Corps was originally formed in the summer of 1991 by a group of dedicated drum corps fans that wanted to bring the drum corps activity to the Houston area. Since 1991, the "Blues" has grown considerably from five horn players to twenty-five hornline members in 1997. The Corps traveled to Syracuse, NY in 2000 and took 3rd place in the DCA Class A Championships. BCB also sent an ensemble to compete in the DCA Small Ensemble and Mini-Corps competition from 1994 to 2001 and has always entertained the crowds.

In the fall of 2001 Gulf Coast Sound was formed as an in-door "Winter Corps" to compete in the Texas Color Guard Circuit. Because Houston is so far from the DCA circuit this scenario provided the members with a way to hone their skills and compete, albeit in a slightly nontraditional way. In its inaugural season Gulf Coast Sound won its division at the Texas Color Guard Circuit championships.

In the summer of 2003 it was decided that Bayou City Blues should go temporarily inactive and that the Association would focus primarily on Gulf Coast Sound. GCS has been directed to assume a field corps status with the intention of competing in the DCA and DCA South circuits.

Sadly in 2012, the Gulf Coast Sound Disbanded and Drum Corps in Houston was dead.

Both Corps were active in the Houston area performing in parades and giving standstill performances for audiences in various areas of the city as well as performing as a part of Drum Corps Associates as a Mini Corps and a Class A Participant.

In 2014 a group of former members began to discuss the possibility of bringing drum corps back to the Houston Area. The first Meeting of the Board of Directors was officially held in the summer of 2015 and preparations began to bring back the Bayou City Blues back to life and bringing All Age Drum and Bugle Corps back to Houston.

What We Do

The Bayou City Blues provides opportunities for motivated and talented musicians of the Houston area to perform before large, appreciative crowds.

If you like performing before responsive, excitable audiences, then check us out! We invite you to join us for an exciting opportunity!

The Blues is available for concerts, parade and exhibition performances.

Please Contact us for more information, join us or hire us to perform at your event

What exactly does "all-age" mean?

Anyone 18 years old and older can join. We have members who are also in their 40s and 50s who routinely participate and are an integral part of our organization.

What if I'm under 18?

We also encourage membership for those who are under 18. These members, however, must have a parent or other responsible adult actively involved in the corps as a performer or booster. In fact, we have had whole families perform with us.


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