Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps is operated by Southwind Alumni Association (SWAA, dba Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps). SWAA is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization based Mobile, AL.

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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 Birmingham, AL

1991 - Southwind wins DCI Class A Championship in Dallas, TX

Southwind performs music from the "Little Mermaid" and wins its first DCI Championship

1992 - Southwind wins 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

In 2014, Southwind competed in DCI's newly formed Soundsport Division.

2015 - Southwind is approved for Open Class Competition by DCI

After 7 years of inactivity, Southwind returns to DCI competition as an Open Class Drum Corps

2017 - Southwind returns to DCI Finals as an Open Class Finalist

In its first year back to DCI Open Class Finals, Southwind earns a position as a DCI Finalist corps!


The Beginning...

Southwind Drum and 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 Montgomery, the corps successfully toured as a DCI SoundSport team. In 2015, Southwind reemerged in the Drum Corps International competitive tour as a Open Class drum and bugle corps.

Across the Southeast!

For 2018, the drum corps is even stronger and will be expanding our recruiting efforts, camps, and tours. If you are looking for professional organization to sharpen your marching performance skills, compete at the DCI level, or just to have the time of your life, join us!



Southwind's championship background


In 1991, Southwind performed music from The Little Mermaid, going undefeated in Class A competition, and winning the DCI Class A World Championship in Dallas, TX with a score of 92.7.

In 1992, Southwind performed music from the movie, Robin Hood, repeating as DCI Division II World Champions held in Whitewater, WI with a score of 92.9.