Fans! Help us accept the invitation to bring the Last Regiment's unique sound back to Long Beach this year!

Long Beach Christmas Parade 2024

This year, the Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers has a unique opportunity to represent Portland in the 2024 Belmont Shore Christmas Parade in Long Beach, California — the birthplace of Syncopated Drumming! We are currently seeking donations to help fund travel and accommodations to bring the Last Regiment to Long Beach for this exciting event!

"It is such an honor to be invited by the city of Long Beach to share our music and love of drums in the 40th Annual Belmont Shore Christmas parade. The syncopated drumming we have been performing in Portland for the last 25 years has its roots in the Long Beach youth bands of the 1960s. Syncopated drumming has disappeared from the schools and community bands, and now Long Beach is looking to Portland to help celebrate this musical history the city is known for."

-G. Odell, Director, The Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers

We are currently raising funds to bring our group of 25 drummers, our color guard, and our vintage, custom-restored field drum equipment from Portland to Long Beach for this important event. We need donations to help fund airline tickets, hotel, ground transportation, meals and freight required.

Can you help us make this happen? To contribute, visit the link below, or email us for more info at info@lastregiment.com.

Donate Today!


Thank You To Our Donors!
  • Laura Elliott
  • Eric Gregory
  • Heather
  • Masha Junuz
  • Jody Lasky
  • Nancy Magnuson
  • Lyle McNaughton
  • Pam Peterson
  • Chris Sanderson
  • Karin Towles
  • Kelsey Wagner
  • Larry & Oma Walsh

Booking Information

Contact Greg Odell at:
info@lastregiment.com
or
(503) 253-7644

Every year, The Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers (LRSD) is called upon to kick off numerous public and private functions all over the Pacific Northwest. LRSD delivers a high energy, heart pounding and visually awe-inspiring performance. You can hear the sound throughout Portland, and out into rural Oregon and Washington. When you hear it from a distance, it captures your attention like the pulse of the city and draws you closer. When you see the drums flashing in front of you, the excitement is inescapable. Our music engages audiences of all ages, and inspires enthusiasm in even the most stoic bystander! Whether you're celebrating a grand opening, private party, street fair, charitable or athletic event, the explosive rhythms of The Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers can make any event unique and unforgettable.

TSUNAMI
TSUNAMI on vinyl!

Our most recent album TSUNAMI is now available digitally and on old-school vinyl! Price is $15 for the digital version, and $18.50 for the vinyl (which includes shipping & handling plus digital download).

Purchase

Notable clients include:

  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Portland TrailBlazers
  • Nike
  • Rose City Rollers
  • Voodoo Doughnuts
  • Portland Marathon
  • Portland Adult Soap Box Derby
  • Rose Festival Starlight parade
  • Rose Festival Grand Floral parade
  • St. Paul Rodeo
  • San Francisco Pride parade
  • Seattle Torchlight parade
  • Wieden + Kennedy
  • Cyclecross Crusade and other OBRA certified bicycling events
  • Clowns Without Borders
  • Portland Chunkathalon
  • MS Society
  • Cascade AIDS Project
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • SHOC Foundation
  • …and many more!

The Last Regiment is one of the few remaining active syncopated drum corps. It was formed in September 1998 by Greg Odell in the hopes of continuing a style of drumming that incorporates both military style rudiments with "street beat" rhythms borne out of Long Beach, California.

Notable Milestones

  • August 25, 2012: LRSD makes a group pilgrimage to Long Beach, CA to attend the Long Beach Junior Concert Band (LBJCB) reunion, and has the opportunity to play with drummers that originated the syncopated drumming style.
  • January 10, 2012: LRSD performs the halftime show for the Portland TrailBlazers' home game at the Rose Quarter.
  • June 2011: LRSD performs in the 41st anniversary Pride parade in San Francisco, CA.
  • June 27, 2010: LRSD performs in the 40th anniversary Pride parade in San Francisco, CA.
  • 2009: LRSD was included in an essay by author Kathy Pape in the book "CITADEL OF THE SPIRIT: Oregon's Sesquicentennial Anthology - A Merging of Past and Present Oregon Voices and Stories" (page 418, "Different Drummers"); Nestucca Spit Press, 2009.
  • October 26, 2008: this day was proclaimed "Last Regiment Day" by the Honorable Mayor Tom Potter to commemorate the ten year anniversary of the group. The official proclamation is proudly displayed in our studio.
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