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.


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



The Greater New Orleans Drum Corps Association is sponsoring a Louisiana Drum Corps Reunion honoring our rich Louisiana Drum Corps History. Drum Corps enthusiasts, friends & family are invited to participate, so tell your Drum Corps friends!!!

Saturday, September 16. 2017 (11:00 AM till 5:00 PM)
At Kenner, Veterans Park, Pavilion #1, 1801 Williams Blvd, Kenner,
(by Kenner City Hall, at the corner of Williams Blvd & W. Metairie Ave)
Bring your own picnic food - BYOL (No glass)

We invite you to bring your memorabilia and show your items from your different Louisiana Drum Corps. Tables will be available. Bring some picnic food, BYOL (No glass) and your tables & chairs. The GNODCA will be providing soft drinks and a cake to commemorate the event. We will also have some drawings. If you would like to donate to the drawings, please feel free to bring something.

The park venue has an outdoor Veteran’s Museum, American & local history displays, playground areas, green house, train, restrooms and plenty of area for Drum Corps enthusiasts to exchange stories & shoot the breeze.

Please note the park rules: No B.B.Q. pits with propane (briquette only allowed), no glass containers allowed, no seafood boils, no generators, and no water slides. Any pets must be kept on a leash. For additional information about the venue, see

Article by Babette Staunton

2017, 45th DCI Season Southern Sweep
And Big, Loud & Live 14 (2017 Championship Prelims, Live)

The 2017 DCI Season began with a bang at the Indianapolis, IN on June 22, 2017 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 4th year Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps tentative schedule includes 10 DCI shows this year (listed below). In the south they can be seen at the Millbrook, AL (Montgomery suburb), Woodstock, GA (Atlanta suburb) and Lafayette, LA shows. Support our LA Drum & Bugle Corps. More information on the new Corps can be found at

Sat., July 8, 7:30 PM (ET) – Orlando, FL – DCI Orlando
Mon., July 10, 7:30 PM (ET) – Jupiter, FL – DCI South Florida*
Wed., July 12, 7:00 PM (ET) – Atlanta, GA – Drums Across America
Fri., July 14, 7:00 PM (CT) - Millbrook, AL (Montgomery suburb) – Drums Across River Region
.......... !!!!! Including the La Stars!!!!
Sat., July 15, 6:00 PM (ET) – Woodstock, GA – Atlanta Brass Classic
.......... !!!!! Including the La Stars!!!!
Thurs., July 20, 6:00 PM (CT) - Belton, TX - DCI Central Texas
Thurs., July 20, 7:00 PM (CT) – Denton, TX - DCI North Texas
Fri., July 21, 7:30 PM (CT) - Houston, TX – Tour of Champions, Texas
Sat., July 22, 2:00 PM (CT) – San Antonio, TX – DCI Southwestern Championship
Mon., July 24, 7:00 PM (CT) – Dallas, TX – DCI Dallas
Mon., July 24, 7:00 PM (CT) – Lafayette, LA – Drums Across Cajun Field
.......... !!!!! Including the La Stars!!!!
Wed., July 26, 7:00 PM (CT) – Hattiesburg, MS – DCI Southern Mississippi
Thurs., July 27, 7:00 PM (CT) – Birmingham, AL – DCI Birmingham
Fri., July 28, 7:30 PM (CT – Dothan, AL – DCI Southern Alabama Sounds
Sat., July 29, 5:00 PM (ET) – Powder Springs, GA – The DCI Atlanta Southeastern Championship <

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

And to close out the 2017, 45th Season, DCI and Fathom Events will air DCI 2017: BIG, LOUD AND LIVE 14 on the big screen, where you will see the 14th annual live broadcast of the DCI World Championship Prelims from Indianapolis, IN. This will be showing at a theater near you on Thursday, August 10, 2017 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 2017 DCI World Championship Prelims live.

Our very own Louisiana Corps!
La Stars Drum & Bugle Corps - DCI Tour Schedule.

July 14 - Montgomery AL
July 15 - Woodstock GA
July 17 - Powhatan VA
July 19 - Knoxville TN
July 24 - Lafayette LA
August 2 - Waukesha WI
August 4 - Sheffield PA
August 5 - Avon Lake - OH
August 7 - Michigan City IN - DCI Open Class Championships Prelims
August - 10 - Indianapolis IN - DCI World Class Championships Prelims

Article by Babette Staunton

Last Updated on  October 22, 2017