Since 1927 ...

Who we are

The Govenaires is a competitive performing arts organization from St. Peter, Minnesota. The corps has entertained crowds across the country since 1927 as the oldest continuously competing drum and bugle corps in North America.

The Govenaires actively compete in the Drum Corps Associates (DCA) circuit. The corps has enjoyed success in Class A, appearing twelve times as a finalist at the DCA National Championships since 2004, and capturing the Class A Championship in 2006, 2009, 2011, and 2015.

In 2016, the corps reached a new milestone by performing in China as part of the Shanghai Tourism Festival.

Origins of the Govenaires name

The Govenaires, originally named the St. Peter Legion Corps, were founded in 1927. In 1944, the corps changed it's name to the St. Peter Drum and Bugle Corps. The corps changed it's name again to the Vikings Drum and Bugle Corps in 1961, although the name was short lived when the newly formed professional football team from Minnesota adopted the same name. Not wanting to give the impression that the drum corps was affiliated with the Minnesota Vikings, the corps again changed it's name, this time to the Govenaires, in honor of the four Minnesota Governors who hailed from St. Peter.