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About elphaba01

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    St Catherines Queensmen, St Kevins Emerald Knights
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    1964 Dream Contest, 1964 World Open Prelims
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  1. "Successfull Smalls": Brooklyn NY based Our Lady of Loretto "Knights" come to mind. Great Joe Genero taught hornline led the way for them way back in the late 1950's and early 1960's. They held their own against the Jersy and New York powers of that period and were NY State Legion junior champs in 1962. Biggest win came in 1962 over Nationally ranked powers Caimbridge Caballeros and Boston Crusaders at a show in Connecticut. Many of their members went on to march with the NY Skyliners after the corps folded at the end of the 1962 season. Elphaba
  2. "Muchachos 1960's": We (Conn Royal Lancers) competed against the Muchachos many times and found them to be a very good junior corps. This is 1964-1966 time frame. They were in the mix with St Raphael's Buccaneers, Bridgeport PAL Cadets (Our two cross town rivals), St Patricks Cadets, Selden Cadets, Magnificent Yankees, and NY Kingsmen that were all very competitive junior corps that were nipping at the heels ( and occisionally upsetting) the league leaders of that era. They had an outstanding all male color guard that won many regional championships, and I believe their CG captain later becam DM of the Hawthorne Caballeros. Great memories of a great junior corps. Elphaba
  3. "Greatest Show": 1965 World Open Finals. Marched off with sixth place, defeated one of our two cross town rivals on their/ours home turf Bridgeport CT. Great memory. Elphaba
  4. St Vincents Cadets: THE great grandfather of modern drum corps!!!! Mickey Petrone, Jim Donnelly and Vinnie Cerbonne led the way into the 1950's with St Vincents Cadets and their modernazation of junior drum corps. Many times State and National Champions of the VFW and American Legion (Their last title was in 1956), they pretty well set the bar for the decade . They held their own against Holy Name/Garfield, Blessed Sacrament, St Josephs and the Audubon Bon Bons when NJ was the epicenter of junior drum corps. They have a history book which may still be available from the parish in Bayonne. It was written by an alumni whom I believe is now a Catholic Priest. They "Vinnies" were named "Junior Corps of the Decade/1950's" by DCA in 1989 Corps was disbanded at the end of the 1961 season. Their last appearance at a "Nationals" was at the VFW in Miami where they placed tenth. All honors to the "Big Green Band"!!!!!!!!!!!!! Elphaba
  5. "The Great Plains": Casper Troopers, Troopers Cadets, Argonne Rebels, Hutchinson Sky Ryders, Denver Blue Knights, Denver Eldoradans, Witchita Scarlet Lancers, Salina Silver Sabers, Tri VEL Raiders, Frontiersmen, Enid Legionettes, Plainsmen, and the Seventh Cavalry. The US Air Force had drum corps at Lowry AFB and the "Enlisted" NCO drum corps at the USAF Academy. Both are long gone. 🎺 Elphaba
  6. "Twelve Pack Staffs": We had about the same "Rationing" with the Royal lancers (CT). We had Joe Genero writing with Artie Hlywa & Ray Ludee teaching horns and drums and Bob Condon and Ed Woods on drill up to 1964. Hy Drietzer was hired for the 1965 & 1966 marranging, with Hylwa & Ludee stil on their captions. Vinnie Radtford was hired to write the drill, and I "believe" Condon & Woods still worked with us. I'm amazed I can still remember any of this!!!!!!!!!!!!! Elphaba
  7. "Worst Show": Probably the entire 1964 (This is going back "A Bit") season. Our program was going on year 2+ and it was showing. Our Parochial rival, (From where we had actually come) whacked us big time in a Spring standstill, and our two cross town rivals hammered us at the Penn Jersey Championship and seasons closer in CT. The corps underwent a top to bottom makeover music wise (Hy Drietzer took over as writer/instructor) and 1965 was our best and most successfull season with wins over all the other "City" corps and a sixth place finish at the World Open. Great memories..............😎 Elphaba
  8. "Argonne Rebels" Truman did indeed write some of their charts as did Brian Pennington. Sandie Opie was the horn instructor, and she was one of THE best in the business. Elphaba
  9. "Drum Corps Drill": Almost anything prior to the "Staging & Dance" era qualifies. 27th Lancers had some great drill by Zengali as did Star of Indiana. Santa Clara's drills by Trooper alum Pete Emmons were always great (And trend setters) as were those of Jim Jones written for the Troopers. Elphaba
  10. Spirit of 76": While I don't dispute the Blue Devils win, I do give tons of credit to the fab comeback of the Madison Scouts. There are not too many corps that can dump thier show mid season, go into camp, come out with a new production and fight their way back into contention clawing their way into a second place finish in the championship night show. Their "Off the Line" production of that show is on YouTube. I get goosebumps every time I watch it. Elphaba
  11. "Great Years": Great indeed, I believe it was THE "Greatest" due to what was almost "Parity" between the league leading junior corps. Of the almost dozen plus contenders almost all of them had beaten the rest of the pack at least one time over the course of the season and at seasons end the championship titles were spraed around pretty well. 27th Lancers had the Shriners, Dream and World Open, Blue Rock won CYO and US Open, Anahime Kingsmen the "Mid America", Argonne rebels the American Legion Nationals, and Santa Clara the VFW Nationals. Elphaba
  12. "Power Plus": G BUGLES BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ❤️ No amps required (Or needed)!!!!!!!! 😖 Elphaba
  13. "One More Alumni": Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights. Been around for a good long while, 😎 Elphaba
  14. "Longevity": Caballeros in Finals EVERY YEAR since 1966!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ❤️ Elphaba
  15. "No Rings": 27th Lancers 1975. (Fab "Comeback season", just no room left at the top) Muchachos 1974 (Actually a better corps than 1975 Placement in Prelims may have hurt them). Troopers 1974. (Faded at Nationals after beating the pack early on). Troopers 1973 (Only corps to beat Santa Clara that year) Elphaba