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I saw a picture on the pic thread. What a riot. Could they have competed in VFW in 1971? LOL

Would have been interesting but they were a Senior corps and VFW dropped the Sr portion of the show in the early '60s (no idea why). Would have also been funny if a Canadian corps showed up with an American VFW sponsor. :laughing:

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The Lionettes All-Girl Drum & Bugle Corps, from Sarnia, Ontario DID compete at the 1960 VFW Nationals. They got a sponsor from Michigan, and took 17th place.

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LOL, well if it was the VFW it all came down to what the czar said..... :laughing:

Funny thing is there was a Canadian military corps that wanted to do Senior shows in the early 60s or so. Army wouldn't let them represent the military in this way so they "created" a corps with a new identity so they could compete. Corps was called the "Jolly Jesters" and they had clown outfits.

Wish I had pics or audio. :laughing:

Well, sorta...

From Corpsreps:

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"The Jolly Jesters was a senior marching and maneuvering drum corps based in Toronto, Ontario. The corps was founded by Ted Reilly in 1957. World Drum Corps Hall of Famer Vince Macciocchi came on board in 1960.

The corps grew out of the Fifth Column Army Service Corps. In 1956 this group was invited to participate in a four-week competition sponsored by the Toronto Argonaut Football Club. To avoid conflict with union and army regulations, the corps rented clown costumes for this appearance and adopted the name "Jolly Jesters." To their surprise, the name/costume and show caught on. The corps decided that they would appear the following year in the clown uniforms. In 1957 the corps appeared in red and white satin clown uniforms, but the drum major/director Ted Riley dressed as a comical tramp.

In 1960, however, the corps moved on from the clown motif and donned dress blues. The corps' name changed to "The Jesters" at that time.

The Jesters merged with the Viscounts of Hamilton to form the Canadian Commanders in 1963.

[DCW, 8.31.03, p. 32; Ron Allard, RAMD, 5/25/2000; Ed Law December 2006]"

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I think the only thing I contributed was about the merger, but that was 10 years ago!

Heh...

And we have audio of them on Diceman Radio; they get played sometimes during the "How It All Began" Show on Sundays...

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14 hours ago, Cindy Carroll said:

Does anyone have a video of mighty st Joes show from 1971

My brother in-law and sister in-law both marched with Mighty St. Joe's. Sadly, not much exists of this great corps beyond audio recordings.

I located the following links for you

Mighty St Joe's
Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/234407999915110/videos/


VA Video clips:
posted by MightyStJoes
https://www.youtube.com/user/MightyStJoes


Video clip:
1969 St. Joes of Batavia drum and bugle corps at the Nationals VFW Prelims in Philadelphia.
posted by Roy Perez 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOzfeqEzrqE


Audio Recording:
Mighty St Joe's 1969 Show.wmv
posted by b40years
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJCKlazINR4

Video Show:
The 1970 St. Joseph's of Batavia performance at the World Open Finals. They placed 8th with a score of 69.050.
posted by Ken Collum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeNBb2PQz8c

Audio Recording:
1971 St Joe's of Batavia at Garfield, NJ.
posted by charles frost
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFZwcMFfseA


Audio Recording:
St. Joseph of Batavia 1971
at Drums on Parade, Auburn, N.Y.
Recorded by Robert Mullally
posted by Jim Vivenzio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POo4JpM5Zl8

 

 

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I started marching in 1971 and the last show I saw was at Batavia, NY, late in the season (maybe end of August or start of September). I remember Blue Rock was suppose to be there but pulled out and replaced by The Mark Twain Cadets. I believe Boston Crusaders, 27th Lancers and possibly Kilties were there too.

I do remember two of our members left our corps to join St. Joe's but I am not certain. Back then you had to have a release.

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On 1/17/2008 at 7:22 AM, MikeD said:

Oh, that's right....the Kilts played that.

BS was at the start of their rapid decline after staying up there in 1970. Their 71 show was primarily "The King and I", though I think they also did "Stars and Stripes" and formed a big U-S-A on the field as their color pre.

My predominant pre-DCI memory of St Joe's was of them being known for a larger-than-normal drum line that was VERY good.

Mike their drum line wasn't just "very good".  They took high drums at VFW Nationals in 68 and were undefeated!  That was a killer drum line.

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On 5/6/2009 at 9:37 PM, jkyeag said:

Argonne's interpretation of the total show concept was different than the vast majority of corps in 1971. Sandra believed that the total show concept was about the merging of of the musical components (drums and bugles) with the visual to achieve an integrated musical presentation. It was NOT that you needed a themed show. In the 5.0 LP, Sandra held the '68 and '69 Kilties up as examples of corps with a similar approach.

In the late 60s, it was generally believed on the Great Plains of Kansas that the road to the top of the brass pile went through Racine, Wisconsin. It was clear that these young men where getting instruction that others were not. They were very, very good.

Ken Norman

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lol I just realized this thread is 10 years old....lol

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