The Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps, founded in 1990, is a nationally competitive drum corps based in Burlington, NJ.

Our Mission

It is our mission to provide young adults, ages 14-21, from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, with music, educational and character-building experiences through the vehicle of the performing arts.


Our Vision

As a non-profit 501c(3) organization, the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps was founded with one primary goal - to afford any young adult the opportunity to march in a drum corps while providing a world class experience.The Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps guarantees an experience to young adults unlike any other in the performing arts.

Here, they can combine the intellect of artistic and musical virtues with the achievement and excellence of athletic prowess. The benefits of being a Raider transcend competitive success. They build life enhancing skills and self-confidence that will assist them throughout their adult life. They will be better citizens, employees, students, parents, and friends because of all they learn.


The Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps was founded in 1990 by George Lavelle Jr., Trent Smith, Clarence Jackson, and Anthony Bestreski joining as members of the initial board of directors. The group started the organization with the intent to provide the drum corps experience of competing and performing while keeping prices on the lower end. After a full year of planning, the Raiders fielded their first corps on June 22nd, 1991, with 25 members. They competed the Garden State Circuit and DCI. In 1992, the corps more than doubled in size and competed in its very first DCI World Championship, placing in 19th for Division III out of 29 corps. Between 1993 and 1995, due to growing membership, the Raiders briefly upgraded to Division II, but went back to Division III in 1996 to save money. The move back to Division III paid off immediately. For the next 11 years, Raiders made Division III Finals on nine different occasions. This culminated in 2005, where the Raiders won the DCI Division III World Championship for their show, “Jesus Christ Superstar”. Since Divisions II and III were merged into Open Class in 2008, Raiders have gone to Open Class Championships every year. Their highest placement happened in 2010, where the corps placed 5th at Open Class Finals. See More...


20 Time World Championship Finalist - 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001 - 2017

2006 Bronze Medalist

2005 Divisional and World Champions

2005 Best Percussion & Best General Effect

2001 Silver Medalist

2001 Best Brass

2001 Best General Effect