December 11, 2022
Dear Shadow Friends and Family,
Shadow Drum and Bugle Corps was founded and built on a tradition of excellence and education that stretches back to 1972. For 50 years, the Oregon High School Summer Marching Band took the field each summer, competing in every season since MACBDA’s inception. In 2007, a winter guard and indoor percussion ensemble followed, with both winter ensembles distinguishing themselves with excellence in the sport. In 2008, the summer marching band became Shadow Armada. In 2016, our flagship program became Shadow Drum and Bugle Corps and was accepted into the vaunted ranks of Marching Music's Major League, Drum Corps International, having the unique distinction of being the only high school in the world with its own professional-level marching ensemble as the only high school in the United States to have a drum corps program. In 2019 Shadow Drum and Bugle Corps separated itself from the Oregon School District and became its own entity, continuing the successes of the history of the program. The corps was not active during 2020 due to the DCI season cancellation during the pandemic, hosted a virtual season in 2021, and took a pause in 2022 to reevaluate continuation.
It is with a heavy heart that I announce that the board of directors for Shadow Marching Arts has made the difficult decision to end all operations in perpetuity. Over the next few months, the board will work to end its nonprofit status, liquidate its assets, and close its books.
We take joy in knowing that the many videos and pictures from the past will keep the legacy of what Shadow was going, where the memories will keep Shadow alive to those that answered the question “Band who are you?”
We thank you all for your support and encouragement.
All the best,
Shadow Marching Arts