The Marching Arts ensembles at Bakersfield College provide year-round opportunities for over 100 students each year to continue their marching experience beyond high school. With a nationally recognized drumline and drum & bugle corps in addition to a pep band, there is something for everyone.
The BC Renegade Pep Band (MUSC B42) is an ensemble open to any band members interested in a collegiate pep band experience. The band meets weekly in the fall to prepare for performances at BC Football games and other campus and community events. Together with the Drum Line and the Cheer Team, the Renegade Band is here to fight, fight, fight for BC. Go Gades!
Whether entertaining BC Football fans or representing the college throughout the community, the BC Drum Line (MUSC B18A) is the heartbeat of Bakersfield College.
In the fall semester the Renegade Drumline plays entertainment-oriented music and performs at BC Football games and community events. This class is open to all battery percussionists, and informal auditions occur at the beginning of the school year.
In the spring semester the Indoor Drumline prepares a competitive show and competes locally in the PPAACC circuit and nationally at Winter Guard International sanctioned events. Auditions for this ensemble occur in the fall, and students must be 22 years old or younger to participate.
The Golden Empire Drum & Bugle Corps from Bakersfield College (MUSC B28) is the premiere drum corps in the southern San Joaquin Valley. The corps is composed of youth who are furthering their education in brass, percussion, and visual performance.
Auditions for this ensemble begin in the spring, and enrollment is open to students ranging from high school through 21 years old. Golden Empire is an Open Class member of Drum Corps International, Marching Music's Major League™, and they participate in DCI’s annual summer tour.
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