Greater New Orleans Drum
Corps Association


Welcome to The Greater New Orleans Drum Corps Association Website. The purpose of GNODCA is to preserve and build on the great tradition of the drum and bugle corps activity; to appropriately represent the greater New Orleans area as well as Louisiana, the United States and the drum and bugle corps activity worldwide; and to stimulate interest in the study and teaching of music and the arts.

2018, 46th DCI Season Southern Sweep
And Big, Loud & Live 15 (2018 Championship Prelims, Live)

The 2018 DCI Season began with a bang at Detroit, MI on June 21, 2018 with a live broadcast at the Cinemas where the Bluecoats came out on top.

Now, we look forward to the southern sweep. There are several shows in the southeast that are close to home, so get in your vehicles and head out to see one or more in person!!! The 5th year Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps tentative schedule includes 15 DCI shows this year (listed below). In the south they can be seen at Valdosta, GA , Hoschton (Atlanta Suburb), GA, Millbrook (Montgomery suburb), AL, Hiram (near Atlanta), GA and Lafayette, LA shows. Support our LA Drum & Bugle Corps, information can be found at

The Southern Sweep Includes:
Sat., July 7, 7:30 PM (ET) – Lexington, SC - Crown BEAT
Sun., July 8, 7:00 PM (ET) – Orlando, FL – DCI Orlando
Tues., July 10, 7:00 PM (ET) – Valdosta, GA – Drums Across America, Valdosta
.......... !!!!! Including the La Stars!!!!
Wed., July 11, 7:00 PM (ET) – Hoschton (Atlanta Suburb), GA – Drums Across America
.......... !!!!! Including the La Stars!!!!
.Fri., July 13, 6:00 PM (CT) – Millbrook (Montgomery suburb), AL – Drums Across the River Region
.......... !!!!! Including the La Stars!!!!
Sat., July 14, 7:00 PM (ET) – Hiram (near Atlanta), GA – Atlanta Brass Classic
.......... !!!!! Including the La Stars!!!!
Thurs., July 19, 6:30 PM (CT) - Belton, TX - DCI Central Texas
Thurs., July 19, 7:00 PM (CT) – Denton, TX - DCI North Texas
Fri., July 20, 7:30 PM (CT) – Katy (Houston Suburb), TX – Tour of Champions, Texas
Sat., July 21, 1:00 PM (CT) – San Antonio, TX – DCI Southwestern Championship
Mon., July 23, 7:00 PM (CT) – Mesquite (Dallas Suburb), TX – DCI Mesquite
Mon., July 23, 7:00 PM (CT) – Lafayette, LA – Drums Across Cajun Field
.......... !!!!! Including the La Stars!!!!
Wed., July 25, 7:00 PM (CT) – Hattiesburg, MS – DCI Southern Mississippi
Thurs., July 26, 7:00 PM (CT) – Birmingham, MS – DCI Birmingham
Fri., July 27, 7:30 PM (CT – Dothan, AL – DCI Southern Alabama
Sat., July 28, 1:00 PM (ET) – Atlanta, GA –D CI Southeastern Championship

Read more on schedules, tickets and event details for these shows and more go to

And to close out the 2018, 46th Season, DCI and Fathom Events will air DCI 2018: BIG, LOUD AND LIVE 15 on the big screen, where you will see the 15th annual live broadcast of the DCI World Championship Prelims from Indianapolis, IN. This will be showing at a theater near you on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 5:30 PM Central Time (Expected Run Time: 5 hrs. 15 min.) This is your opportunity to experience the best of the best in the comfort of your theater as they battle for the title of World Champion! For more information and to pre-order your tickets go to: Do not miss this chance of a lifetime to see the 2018 DCI World Championship Prelims live.

Our very own Louisiana Corps!
Louisiana Stars Drum & Bugle Corps – Presents “Redemption”
La Stars 2018 DCI Tour Schedule:

July 10th - Valdosta, GA
July 11th - Hoschton, GA
July 12th - Knoxville, TN
July 13th - Millbrook, AL
July 14th - Woodstock, GA
July 23rd - Lafayette, LA
July 27th - Cape Girardeau, MO
July 29th - Oskaloosa, IA
July 31st - Farmington, MN
August 1st - East Troy, WI
August 3rd - Cedar Rapids, IA
August 4th - Metamora, IL
August 6th – Michigan City, IN - DCI Open Class Championships Prelims
?? August 7th – Michigan City, IN - DCI Open Class Championships Finals ??
August – 9th - Indianapolis IN - DCI World Class Championships Prelims
?? August 10 - Indianapolis IN - World Class Semi-Finals ??

Article by Babette Staunton

Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 7:30 PM (Central Time),
(Approximate Run time: 2 hrs.)

Summer competition will officially begin and on Thursday, June 21, 2017, Drum Corps International (DCI), Fathom Events & DeMoulin Bros. and Co. are teaming up to bring the 2018 DCI Tour Premiere event to the big screen! Join your Drum Corps friends on June 21st to be part of the excitement and see the 2018 Season first show. It will be presented LIVE from Ford Field, Detroit, MI. This event will showcase six of DCI’s top marching music ensembles. Listed in order of appearance:

Blue Stars – La Crosse, WI
Phantom Regiment – Rockford, IL
Boston Crusaders – Boston, MA
Bluecoats – Canton, OH
The Cavaliers - Rosemont, IL
Carolina Crown – Fort Mill, SC

Don’t miss this one showing chance! To see additional details, additional theaters and buy your tickets go to Fathon Events at . If online ticketing is not available for your location, you can purchase your tickets by visiting the box office at your local participating cinema. A list of the 3 closest theaters showing this event can be found by entering your Zip Code on the link listed above.

AMC Elmwood Palace 20 with IMAX – Harahan/Elmwood
Cinemark Perkins Rowe – Baton Rouge
Cinemark 14 - Lake Charles
Regal Covington Stadium 14 - Covington
Tinseltown - Shreveport
Tinseltown USA - West Monroe

The Grandview Cinema – Madison
Oxford Commons – Oxford
Tinseltown Jackson – Pearl

Keep your eyes peeled for the 2018 BIG, LOUG & LIVE 15
Drum Corps International Championship Prelims
broadcast LIVE from Lucas Oil Stadium
Thursday, August 9, 2018, 5:30 PM CT

Article by Babette Staunton, Posted June 14, 2018


The GNODCA Annual Business Meeting and elections are being held on Saturday, October 28, 2017. This will be a pot luck dinner (BYOL), like we've done in the past.

Two Board Members will be elected for 3-year terms at this year's meeting. Cheryl Olivier Gautreaux and Gail Perrin have been nominated for the open positions. A little information about each of them is listed below:

Cheryl Olivier Gautreaux:

Cheryl joined the "Bleu Raeders" in 1975 where she was in the guard. In 1981 they merged with the "Stardusters" to become "Louisiana Southernaires". There she remained and aged out.

Cheryl joined GNODCA in 2004, their inaugural year. From 2009 – 2011 & 2015 - 2017, she served on the board and served on the Social/Banquet Committee. She remained an active member in the Echoes until 2012 and remains a GNODCA "Regular Member in Good Standing." Cheryl is committed to the Association and Drum & Bugle Corps.

Cheryl comes from a "Drum Corps Family". The Olivier Family, including Cheryl, have remained active with the Jazz Fest beverage booth for 30+ years. She is married, the mother of 2 children.

Gail Perrin

Gail has been a member of GNODCA and “Echoes of New Orleans” since 2005. The last two fiscal years she served the Board in an appointed position. Gail plays the baritone for us. She began with Expressions in 1989.

Gail is a teacher and Computer Lab Manager at Midway Elementary in the Tangipahoa Parish School System. She is active with her church as well as Star Trek and Doctor Who fan clubs.

Gail has proven to be a member with commitment to the music and the Board.

Hope to see you at the Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, October 28, 2017!

If you have any questions, you may contact me at or 504-885-0019.

Babette Staunton
GNODCA Social Committee


The GNODCA Annual Business Meeting is being held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. In addition to GNODCA Members, we also invite our friends and family to come join us. This will be a pot luck dinner (BYOL), like we've done in the past. So, please bring your favorite dish along with you. It will be held at American Office Machines, 2609 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, LA 70002 (near Veterans & Causeway). Looking forward to seeing you at this event!

Two Board Members will be elected for 3-year terms at this year’s meeting. All eligible Regular Members will have an opportunity to vote on the nominees at this meeting on October 28, 2017.

Please note, to vote you must be a paid-up Regular Members in good standing for at least one year and 18 years or older to be considered voting members. If you cannot make the meeting and would like to participate in the election, please mail to the Post Office Box below with your dues so that they may be received before the meeting (please include your name, phone number, vote and signature). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Membership dues are due as of the first day of the fiscal year, October 1 (Go to for Membership Application). However, we will be happy to accept them at the Annual Business Meeting or you may mail them to our Post Office Box listed below. If you are already a member, and dues are not received by November 1, you will lose your eligibility to vote in the next election. Please make sure you get your dues in on time.

Hope to see you at the Annual Meeting & Pot Luck. Set-ups and soft drinks provided (BYOL). If you can, let us know (via email or text) what you expect to bring to insure we have a variety of foods. If you have any questions, contact Babette Staunton at or call 504-885-0019.

Babette Staunton
GNODCA Social Committee

The Greater New Orleans Drum Corps Association
P.O. Box 23582
New Orleans, LA 70183-3582

September 21, 2017

Last Updated on  July 1, 2018