Celebrating our 60th anniversary, the 2017 Reading Buccaneers proudly present “Behind the Suit.”  With this year’s production, the Buccaneers will explore and pay homage to the drum corps journey, as seen through the eyes of the performer.


By the end of the season, drum corps fans get to experience the performance of a corps at its most powerful, most precise and most confident, the performer almost a superhero in his or her suit of armor – the uniform. And as a corps, the uniform masks the individuality of each performer.  Yet behind that magical performance is a long, arduous journey, which is different for each member.  And it’s the journey itself that reveals the true magic of drum corps.   


We will follow our hero throughout the journey and all its ups and downs.  We will share in the member’s determination to achieve the ultimate drum corps experience, despite whatever obstacles present themselves.  We will share in the member’s struggle, recognizing that drum corps is great because it is difficult, not in spite of it.  We will experience the member’s failures and the power derived from not allowing failure to defeat us, but to motivate us.  We will witness the member climbing and achieving and learning from difficulty and failure.  And finally, we will share in the member’s triumph as the corps soars to new heights of excellence and entertainment, as a family, and the feeling of pride and invincibility that comes from wearing the suit.


The production will feature the music of Hans Zimmer, Michael Daugherty, Samuel Barber and Richard Strauss, as well as original music by Buccaneers designers Mark Lortz, Johnny Trujillo and Mike Lalli.