Impact Performing Arts is the restructured organization of the Edmonton Strutters organization which operated from 1963 till 2009.
The Edmonton Strutters began in 1963, and originally operated as the Wink Strutters Drum and Bugle Band. The band toured playing halftime shows at Edmonton Eskimos Football games and various parades.
In 1968, the Wink Strutters Drum and Bugle Band was reorganized as a non-profit organization, the Edmonton Strutters Drum Corps. Composed of young men and women ranging from age 12 to 21, with approximately 80 members. The Corps included a horn section, drums, color guard, rifles and drum majors. The brass section consisted of sopranos, mellophones, French horns, baritones and contrabass, while the drum section was made up of bass, snare, triplets, timpani, and cymbals.
The first tours as a Drum Corps took the group to British Columbia, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and back into Alberta. The Northwest Drum Corps Association provided most of their competition during touring dates. In 1974, with an extensive competition schedule, the Drum Corps traveled to Vancouver (Washington), Bellevue (Washington), Seattle (Washington), Hillsboro (Oregon), St. Albert, Red Deer, Calgary, and Edmonton (Alberta), Kerkrade (Holland), Rastede (Germany), and then to Great Falls (Montana), for the Northwest Drum Corps Association Class ‘B’ Championships. They took 10 first places, 3 second places and 1 third place.
The Edmonton Strutters continued to tour and compete throughout the USA and Canada. In 1976, the Drum Corps was reorganized once again. In 1977 the Edmonton Strutters Drum Corps, dressed in Red, Black and Chrome, marched on the field as the 1st Canadian Regiment. In 1984 the corps merged with the Calgary Cavaliers to become the 1st Canadian Cavaliers for one competitive season. In 1988, The Strutters name was once again adopted, and the Drum Corps began rebuilding with a new image with a more casual style.
The Strutters maintained its competitive spirit and had a banner year in 1990 at the Drum Corps International World Championships, where they earned a 9th-place finish.
Immediately after the exceptional 1990 season, the Strutters organization began to work towards elevating the maturity in their performance programs, resulting in increases to their overall score in DCI competition each year from 1992–1999 – when they earned their highest score on record at Drum Corps International Finals. The 1999 Strutters took on a new look yet again, with modern white, green and black uniforms. The Edmonton Strutters drumline were the stadium drummers who performed at the 2001 IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Athletics, hosted in Edmonton, AB. This event was broadcast to over 200 countries.
In 2004, the Edmonton Strutters joined with Allegiance Elite of Calgary to temporarily form a group called “Fusion”. This “Fusion” of the two groups brought the Edmonton Strutters great success as they made their way into DCI World Championship Finals for the first time in their history.
The Edmonton Strutters performed for the Queen of England and the Duke of Edinburgh during the royal visit for Alberta’s centennial celebration in 2005.
In Spring 2005, the Strutters organization went temporarily inactive on the DCI circuit. Beginning immediately afterward, re-organization began to facilitate a return to competition again in the coming years. The Strutters maintained their program offering drum lessons and a competitive Winter Guard International program throughout 2005–2007. In the fall of 2008, the Strutters introduced a new WGI program called “Movado” and competed for the first time at WGI’s Power Regional in Nashville, TN, where they received 9th place, missing a finalist position by two spots.
Also in 2008, the Strutters experienced a change of leadership in their organization and an overhaul of their programs, resulting in a more modern organization. They began building by temporarily introducing a “Junior Corps” program, aimed at a younger audience to begin growing their programs again. Strutters’ “Junior Corps” was well received in their city, winning a number of parades and increasing in membership throughout the season.