Carolyn Surrell
Carolyn Surrell

Carolyn Surrell replaces Al Gagne, who leaves the area to resettle in Las Vegas, NV. Surrell is an Implementation Project Manager with Tyler Technologies, and a former marching member and Business Manager with the Muchachos. She has spent the last five years as a member of the Bayonne Bridgemen Drum & Bugle Corps that retired at the end of last summer.

Gagne has been the Corps Director since 2000. He managed the upgrade from an alumni organization, through qualification as an IRS 503 (c) (3) non-profit,, and into accreditation as an All-Age Class member of Drum Corps International (DCI). He remains as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

The Muchachos Inc., the parent organization of the Drum Corps, also announces the reelection of Arthur Sullivan to the Board, along with new additions Ken Vachon and Surrell. Vachon was also elected as the Corporation's Treasurer. Board member Mike French, retired Goffstown Chief of Police replaces Gagne as the President.

The Muchachos Drum and Bugle Corps exists as a non-profit educational organization, composed of youth and adult members, dedicated to learning or expanding their knowledge of music and/or the performing arts in the style of Drum and Bugle Corps.

For more information, contact Ken Vachon at

Added: May 7, 2017



Muchachos performing at CYO Nationals Tribute show  - Quincy, MA - August 4, 2016
In exhibition at CYO Nationals Tribute
show in Quincy, MA August 4, 2016
Photo credit: Pat Chagnon

Due to a winter storm watch forecast for the area, the open house and rehearsal scheduled for Sunday has been cancelled.

You are invited to attend the Corps' next rehearsal on Sunday, February 26th from 12:30 PM to 5 PM at Brady Sullivan Tower, 1750 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire.

Have you ever wanted to join a drum corps but not sure how? Are you a current musician or a musician who has not played in awhile? Do you perform in a winter guard or percussion and would like to continue performing during the summer? Interested in being a member of the Muchachos Drum and Bugle Corps?

Like any other drum corps, the Muchachos is looking to add to its membership for the upcoming 2017 performance season. (You do realize that the Muchachos Drum and Bugle Corps performs a field show at Drum Corps International competitions!)

Come to our next rehearsal and learn about the Corps, talk with staff, get your questions answered, watch--or even participate--in the day's rehearsal to see what drum corps is all about. The Muchachos is an all-age Corps, open to both youth (ages 14* and up) and adults.

A number of current and former members have previously performed or have gone on to perform with World and Open Class Drum Corps International (DCI) corps.

Participate for the day!

Are you interested in participating at rehearsal, either with the drum line, horn line or color guard? The Corps will supply instruments and equipment. If you have sticks or mallets (drummers) or a mouthpiece (brass players), please feel free to bring them. For color guard practice, we have flags and rifles or you can bring your own!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Please check out our Schedule for additional rehearsals. You are more than welcome to join us at any of our rehearsals.

Updated: February 11th, 2017

*Youth under the age of 14 may be eligible to participate in the parade Corps.


Muchachos soprano player at East Coast Classic - Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA - July 2, 2015
In exhibition at East Coast Classic
Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA
July 2, 2015

Positions are available in all sections—brass, percussion and guard—as well as support staff.

The Muchachos Drum and Bugle Corps of Manchester, NH is a Drum Corps International (DCI) all-age corps performing in exhibition at the same shows as the elite corps of DCI. This past summer, the Muchachos performed at shows featuring Boston Crusaders, Bluecoats, The Cadets, Crossmen, Phantom Regiment, Cavaliers, Jersey Surf, 7th Regiment, and Spartans to name a few.

Today's Muchachos Drum and Bugle Corps is not an alumni corps. And it's not a senior corps. As a true ALL-AGE corps, members range in age from 14* years old up through retirement age and beyond. Many members have previously performed with other drum corps, including DCI Open and World Class corps, and others with college and high school bands. The Muchachos is a teaching corps, dedicated to providing musical, color guard and marching instruction to all interested in drum corps performing arts.

If you are a high school or college musician or guard member, or an alumnus of a band or drum corps, and are interested in performing in a Drum Corps International (DCI) corps next summer but thought it too expensive or are unable to take the time off to go on tour, you owe it to yourself to check out the Muchachos and see why members return year after year.

Did you know? The Muchachos Drum and Bugle Corps provides almost everything you need to perform with the Corps: instruments (horns and drums), guard equipment, uniforms (except for personal items like shoes, hats and gloves), transportation to away events, and high-quality instruction. You bring your skills, dedication, willingness to learn (and to have fun), and your enthusiasm. All for a low annual tuition of $200.

During the winter months, the corps learns and rehearses music performed in next summer's field show and in parades. In the spring and summer months, the corps learns and rehearses drill for the field show that the corps will perform at Boston-area drum corps shows.

We would love for you to join us, for a single season or for many. We take ourselves seriously (but not too seriously) and enjoy performing in front of both large and small audiences. Whether we are playing for the special needs children at Camp Fatima or before large audiences at DCI World Class shows, we all get a kick out of being part of something special.

You will spend time around some really nice people with similar interest and love for music, and you will get to experience the excitement of performing in a group with a high quality show in front of adoring crowds!

For more information and to be notified about upcoming open houses, or to speak with someone regarding membership, please fill out an applicant interest form or contact us by phone or email.

If you're a former or current musician or guard member and interested in drum corps performing arts, you owe it to yourself to check out the Muchachos and see why members return year after year!

*Youth under the age of 14 may be eligible to participate on a case-by-case basis.

Updated: January 25, 2017



Fiesta de Musica 2010 - July 18, 2010
Fiesta de Musica 2010
July 18, 2010

The Muchachos held its annual awards banquet on Saturday, October 29th, at Brady-Sullivan Tower in Manchester. Members, family, friends, staff, and alumni were on hand to celebrate a successful 2016 season. Awards from each caption were awarded to the following members:

Horn Line

  • Most Improved: Alex Winslow
  • Most Valuable Player: Jeff Auclair


  • Most Improved: Allan Edwards
  • Rookie of the year: Emily Roy

Color Guard

  • Most Improved: Kathy Winslow

Pat Provencher Spirit Award

  • Matt & Tammy Roy

Rookie of the Year

  • Alex Winslow

Tom Downie Peer Recognition Award

  • Helen Taylor

Muchacho of the Year

  • Emily Dawson

The Muchachos are already working on their 2017 season program. The Corps will be hosting an open house for prospective new members, parents, friends, and alumni on Sunday, November 6th, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Brady Sullivan Tower, 1750 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire. All are welcome! Individuals interested in membership are encouraged to join us at our open house or visit us during rehearsals. Please contact us for more information.

Added: October 30, 2016


Fiesta de Musica 2010 - July 18, 2010
Fiesta de Musica 2010
July 18, 2010

The Muchachos All-Age Drum and Bugle Corps of Manchester, NH, is seeking a Membership Recruiter for the 2017 season.

The incumbent should have access to high school and college students in the NH, ME and MA areas, and be able to explain our very low cost approach to a summer of drum corps performing arts. The Muchachos is ideal for someone interested in, but not yet prepared to audition for, an Open or World Class Drum Corps International (DCI) Corps, either from a financial, time commitment, or skill level standpoint.

It is also an excellent opportunity for music students at schools that don't have a marching band, providing experience necessary for auditioning for college and university bands.

The Muchachos Drum and Bugle Corps performs a field show at DCI World and Open Class competitions.

A stipend will be paid for the documented efforts from October to the end of March, as well as a commission for each member recruited who completes the 2017 DCI show season.

Applicants should contact Corps Director Al Gagne at

Added: September 20, 2016


Fiesta de Musica Show Poster - July 23, 2016
Fiesta de Musica
July 23, 2016

Congratulations to Legends Drum and Bugle Corps of Kalamazoo, MI on their win at Fiesta de Musica 2016!

For those attending Fiesta de Musica last evening, it was certainly an eventful event! After the Muchachos performance, everyone was ushered off the field (Crusaders Senior) and out of the stadium as the menacing sky quickly morphed into a full-blown storm, with heavy rain and wild winds forcing all to take shelter. Some two hours later, under much cooler conditions, the show goes on! It looked like no one had left, as everyone moved back into the stands, and we were all entertained by some very talented performers, both young and old.

The Crusaders Senior retook the field as the second corps to perform in exhibition followed by North Star Alumni to close out the exhibition portion of the show.

The results of last evening's DCI Open Class competition:

  1. Legends - 64.400
  2. Spartans - 63.200
  3. 7th Regiment - 61.000
  4. Les Stentors - 48.200

Thank you to all participating Corps, the Muchachos staff, volunteers, Inspire Arts & Music, and the Manchester audience, for making Fiesta de Musica 2016 a great success!

Added: July 24, 2016


Fiesta de Musica Show Poster - July 23, 2016
Fiesta de Musica
July 23, 2016

Come join us Saturday, July 23rd, at Memorial High School's Clem Lemire Sports Complex, 1 Crusader Way in Manchester for our annual Fiesta de Musica drum corps show featuring corps from around the country, and Canada, as they perform during their summer tour. This event also features some of the best and most delicious food trucks from the New England area!

Once again this year, the Fiesta de Musica drum corps show will feature drumline "battles" where drumline ensembles perform head-to-head in competition. There will be three drumline battles at the show.

3:00 PMBox Office Open
4:30 PMGates Open
5:30 PMWelcome and National Anthem
5:40 PMThe Muchachos (all age - exhibition) - Manchester, NH
5:56 PMCrusaders Senior (all age - exhibition) - Boston, MA
6:12 PMNorth Star Alumni (all age - exhibition) - Peabody, MA
6:28 PMIntermission
6:48 PMDrumLine Battle Round
6:56 PMLes Stentors - Sherbrooke, Quebec
7:12 PM7th Regiment - New London, CT
7:28 PMLegends - Kalamazoo, MI
7:44 PMSpartans - Nashua, NH
8:00 PMDrumLine Battle Round
8:10 PMDrumLine Battle Round

Tickets are available through Drum Corps International or by calling the DCI Box Office (317) 275-1212..

Box Office opens at 3:00 PM. Tickets will be available at the gate.

Added: July 16, 2016


Muchachos soprano player at East Coast Classic - Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA - July 2, 2015
In exhibition at East Coast Classic
Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA
July 2, 2015

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Added: November 24, 2015


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Keeping our Drum and Bugle Corps alive and well is a big job. We are thankful for all the time and energy that people put in, both on the field and behind the scenes. We could use your help as well! Click a link below if you would like to make a tax deductible* donation. We can accept Visa, M/C, AMEX or Paypal, and of course you can always drop off a check!

Thank you!


*The Muchachos Inc is an IRS registered 501(c)(3) corp.

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