Composed of youth and adult members, the Corps exists as a non-profit educational organization dedicated to learning the music and performing arts in the style of drum and bugle corps.
Having our origins as a Junior Corps that was formed in 1960, members reunited for a single Alumni performance for Manchester's Sesquicentennial celebration in 1995. One thing led to another and with member desire to keep it going, the Corps formally incorporated as a non-profit entity in 1996. In late 2006 and early 2007, a number of events redefined the Muchachos of the present and future.
First, we applied to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to change our non-profit status to what is called a 501(c)(3) entity, which allows tax deductible contributions to our efforts. Prior to this (it was granted retroactive to September 2006), any donations to the Corps were not tax deductible by the donor. This was a requirement for our next goal, application to Drum Corps International (DCI) for membership as an All-Age Corps. This new category that DCI opened up would allow Corps that passed an evaluation of the legal and financial structure of the Corps, as well as a musical performance level, to exhibit at DCI competitions and even compete against other All-Age Corps if so desired. The Muchachos passed with flying colors and we were on our way. We opened the Spartans show in Nashua on July 3rd of 2007, and followed that with a spirited performance at our own show in Manchester on July 15th.
Our new non-profit status was granted based on our goal to provide music education, team work, and membership in an alternative environment for anyone between the ages of 14 and "retirement." To meet that goal, our new non-Affiliated Board of Directors directed that the profits of our show be allocated to the education mission.
The Corps has been in great demand for performances throughout New England and New York State. Although many organizers provide remuneration for performances, the Muchachos take greater satisfaction from our "pro bono" activities. We have in recent years performed for the Youth Development Facility (YDC), the Shriners' Burn Unit, Camp Fatima Exceptional Children's week, Jerry Lewis telethon, Veteran's hospital, Veteran's Cemetery Taps, Echo Taps, County home, and others.
You, too, can be a part of this as we are always accepting new students/members who are at least 14 years of age. We have an excellent mix of ages through 65+ at this time. We especially welcome those with previous Drum Corps experience who can assist in our educational activities. We need more to reach additional people who have a desire, but no avenue, to learn the life long benefits of Drum Corps participation.
Please feel free to contact us for more information or to get involved.
We are always looking for new members to add to our brass, percussion and color guard sections. Come march with us!
Our schedule of performances, parades and rehearsals. All rehearsals are open to the public and all are welcome to attend.
1750 Elm Street Box 902
Manchester, NH 03104
Phone: (603) 722-0795