About us

Established in 1980, Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps is a member of Drum Corps International’s
Open Class. For more than 40 years, we have been providing quality music education for youth in
the Southeast. Our administration and professional staff are dedicated to our members and strive to
provide the best music education, safe environment, and full drum corps experience possible.

1980

Founding of the
Corps –
Southwind was
formed in 1980 by a
declaration of the
governor of
Alabama

1981

Southwind’s first
competitive season –
Southwind took the
field at DCI
Championships in Montreal, Canada

1991

Southwind wins the
DCI Open Class
Championship in
Dallas, TX – Southwind
caps an undefeated season with music from Disney’s  “The Little Mermaid”

1992

Southwind wins the
DCI Division II
Championship in
Madison, WI –
Southwind repeats
as champions with
music from “Robin
Hood Prince of Thieves”

2014

Southwind
competes in DCI’s
Soundsport Division – Reorganized, Southwind uses Soundsport to step back into the Open Class division

2015

Southwind is
enters Open
Class Competition
by DCI
After 7 years of
inactivity, Southwind
returns to DCI
competition as an
open Class Drum
crops

2016

Southwind is
receives full membership as a DCI Open Class corps – Full speed ahead as the corps regains its footing as a premiere DCI drum corps

History

Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps has a long history in the region for providing a high-caliber drum corps activity. Southwind was originally founded in Montgomery, AL in 1980. The name Southwind comes from the train that once passed through Montgomery on its Chicago to Miami run. After a period of inactivity in the mid-80’s, Southwind returned to competition in 1989 and garnered back-to-back world championships in 1991 and 1992. After leaving Alabama in 1997 for Lexington, KY with Bluegrass Youth Performance Corporation, Southwind went inactive in 2007. In 2012, Southwind Alumni Association began planning for the rebirth of Southwind in Mobile, AL, and in 2014, working with Drum Corps in Alabama, the corps successfully toured as a DCI SoundSport team. In 2015, Southwind re-emerged in the Drum Corps International competitive tour as an Open Class drum and bugle corps. Since 2017, Southwind has been a  DCI Open Class Finalist including earning the Most Improved Corps award in 2019. Southwind currently operates as a performance ensemble under the non-profit 501(c)3 organization, Empower Youth in the Performing Arts, Inc.