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Tri-Town cadets. Farmer theme complete with cows and barns on the flags. Lots of hoe-down type music.

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Tri-Town cadets. Farmer theme complete with cows and barns on the flags. Lots of hoe-down type music.

What kind of music? I use to hear that on Chippewa street years ago..."Hoe down!"

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What kind of music? I use to hear that on Chippewa street years ago..."Hoe down!"

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In central California,

Conquistadors South San Francisco

Royalaires San Leandro who merged with

Commodores Stockton to form the Royal Commodores

Freelancers Sacramento

Valley Fever Fresno (?)

Oh, those were the days my friends. We thought they'd never end.

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Blackhawk Voyageurs, gone but not forgotten.

Quincy Flying Dutchmen

Vaqueros

White Tornados

St. Paul Scouts

St. Croix Rivermen

Knights

Blackhawks

Blackhawk Voyaguers

Capital Chargers

Precisionaires

Royals

Imperial Guard

Salina Silver Sabres

Golden Skyliners

Florida Vanguard

Florida Wave

Golden Knights

Viscounts

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Albion Grenadiers, Shelby Tamboliers (really), Oakfield Swordsmen, Scotts Sabers, Alpine Girls, Roch. Ststesmen, Salamanca Black Knoights, Warren Cornplanters, Shapsburg Cadets, Maumee Demons, OYB Lamplighters, Kitchener Flying Dutchmen, Fulton Gauchos, Utica Executives, Southern Tier Vagabonds, Seneca Chiefs, Kingston Criterions, Westmorland Esquires, York White Roses, Emmaus Sentinels, Milton Keystoners, Northeast Shoreliners, Johnsonburg Diplomats, Johnsonburg Grey Knights, Rochester Grey Knights, Lockport Blazers, Grantham, St. Catherine's Queensmen & their all girl contingent: St. Catherine's Marionettes, Cataract Cavaliers, Knights of the Noble Callahan, Excaliber, Ft. Edwards Vagabonds, Pittsfield Cavaliers, Selden Cadets, Patterson Cadets, Carver Gay Blades, Springfield Targets, Puoghkipsy Pacers, S.C. Mariners, NYC Knickerbockers, Nesei Ambassadors, CMCC Warriors, St. Rita's Brassmen, St. Joseph Patron Cadets, Barons of Steuben, Emerald Cadets.........

St. Catherine's of Sienna also had a corps named the Queenaires -

and there was (from the Proctor-Hopson VFW Post 1896 post in Queens, The Scarlet Lancers.

The Staten Island Lawmen.

The Bronx Kingsmen

The Manhattanaires

The Wynn Center Toppers PAL Corps from Brooklyn

The Lindenaires from Long Island, New York

further afield I remember the Appleknockers and The Polish Falcons, too.

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St. Catherine's of Sienna also had a corps named the Queenaires -

and there was (from the Proctor-Hopson VFW Post 1896 post in Queens, The Scarlet Lancers.

The Staten Island Lawmen.

The Bronx Kingsmen

The Manhattanaires

The Wynn Center Toppers PAL Corps from Brooklyn

The Lindenaires from Long Island, New York

further afield I remember the Appleknockers and The Polish Falcons, too.

The really sad thing about this exercise is that all of these corps, and many thousands more are not really forgotten. No matter what their level of proficiency they are all remembered by the people who recalled them for this thread, and by everyone who ever marched with them. This list hasn't even begun to scratch the surface of the totality of what drum corps was. Of course, many of these corps were among the best in their day. Many had more modest success. But all of them were, and are, important parts of the lives of those who participated.

They are all gone now, beyond any hope of resurrection. The kids in all those cities and towns will never have the opportunity to participate in drum corps at any level. Of course, they do have all those other, reportedly, wonderful things to do with their spare time.

Really?

Edited by reallyoldfrt

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This list hasn't even begun to scratch the surface of the totality of what drum corps was......

Not part of this forum - but in Greater Boston alone, it seemed like every Catholic parish had kids involved with the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) programs. There were literally hundreds of bands, drill teams, and color guards. Some of those kids saw the discipline, the sound and the "spit and polish" of drum corps as the purest form of excellence and moved "up."

My CYO parish (Sacred Heart, Roslindale, MA) had 3 bands, 3 color guards and 2 drill teams involving over 400 kids. Now but a memory, but a great one !

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Not part of this forum - but in Greater Boston alone, it seemed like every Catholic parish had kids involved with the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) programs. There were literally hundreds of bands, drill teams, and color guards. Some of those kids saw the discipline, the sound and the "spit and polish" of drum corps as the purest form of excellence and moved "up."

My CYO parish (Sacred Heart, Roslindale, MA) had 3 bands, 3 color guards and 2 drill teams involving over 400 kids. Now but a memory, but a great one !

In 1963 Richard Cardinal Cushing directed each parish within the Archdiocese of Boston to develop and implement a youth program to provide parish youth with avenues of healthy productive activity, proportional to the size of of the parish. The Massachusetts CYO Music Circuit was very, very active in the Sixties.

A significant number of kids who got their start in the CYO competitive band circuit of the Archdiocese of Boston evolved into participation in drum corps.

It also created a rift within many parishes. The "Age of Aquarius" produced more and more young parents who were less-enchanted with the Catholic Church and were less financially supportive of parsih fundraising. Parish councils tried to juggle support for parochial schools programs as well as fund CYO music programs that increasingly included non-parish youths. As the sixties became the Seventiesmore and more parished cut off support for CYO drum corps, competitive bands, and "drill teams."

Stephen Solombrino wrote this very informative article for DCI: http://www.dci.org/news/view.cfm?news_id=932bc263-b061-4c00-ac7e-207e59d5bea0

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Not part of this forum - but in Greater Boston alone, it seemed like every Catholic parish had kids involved with the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) programs. There were literally hundreds of bands, drill teams, and color guards. Some of those kids saw the discipline, the sound and the "spit and polish" of drum corps as the purest form of excellence and moved "up."

My CYO parish (Sacred Heart, Roslindale, MA) had 3 bands, 3 color guards and 2 drill teams involving over 400 kids. Now but a memory, but a great one !

My dad and several other parents started a bingo night in the early to mid sixties for the Sacred Heart Band and Drill team programs. Bingo was illegal in Masss at the time so they didn't call it Bingo,they called it BLITZ. One of the parents was a Boston Police Detective so they were OK. I remember helping my dad make the blitz cards. We took strips of cardboard and stapled 5 poker cards which were chosen at random. Many others helped out so that there had to be many hundreds of strips of cardboard with 5 poker cards stapled to them. The players could buy as many strips as they wanted. Don't remember what they charged or what the payouts were but many players showed up every week and it made the bands and drill teams self sufficient. I got paid maybe $2 to help set up the tables before and clean up after as it was held in the school cafeteria. One of the parents would shuffle a deck of cards and flip over one at a time, calling out what it was. The first person who had their strip of 5 cards called would shout BLITZ and win the prize. Of couse when bingo became legal a few years later more people showed up, we made more money but the church took over the bingo taking all the money. Years later when a new cardinal took over the Eastern Mass area most of the Cyo bands and Drum Corps had to fold. The Cardinal did not want to spend the money supporting the bands and corps and drill teams. Now they wonder why no one goes to church any more. That is also why hundreds of years ago the Vatican said priests cannot marry. Because originally when they could, when they died, their wife and children got whatever money he earned. But the church didn't like that. So they said that priests could no longer marry. That is why I stopped going to church.

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