Thursday, April 20, 2006

Interstatesmen (CoC program)

Under the joint sponsorship of the Charles J. Brady Post 235, Waterford, New York, and the Berkshire County American Legion, the INTERSTATESMEN is comprised of a membership from within a 150 mile radius of Albany, New York.

The program blends intricate drill patterns with contrasting musical scores, resulting in a presentation most pleasing to drum corps audiences and illustrating the high degree of "execution" which has placed the INTERSTATESMEN in the foremost rank of senior corps.

Off the line with "Road Show" finds the INTERSTATESMEN criss-crossing to the strains of "Baia" going then into a colorful flag drill accompanied by "Malaguena" which in turn is followed by a concert of "St. Louis Blues Mambo" and "Tropical Heat Wave". "It's Allright With Me" precedes the colorful flag presentation which features the dynamic march of "On The Mall". The pulsating rendition of "Who's Sorry Now?" is followed by the most appropriate exit number of "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" all of which make this a memorable drum corps presentation.

Featured soloists are Ronald Ghette and Frank Liberty.

Among titles the corps has won are: 1960 Mass. Senior Legion Champions, 1960 Connecticut Senior Open Legion Champions, 1960-62 Massachusetts Firemans Association Champions, 1962 Copper City Champions, 1962 Tournament of Drums Champions, 1962 Northeastern States Open Champions.

In addition to these and other titles the corps holds, the INTERSTATESMEN have the distinction of having been the first senior drum and bugle corps to perform in New York's famed Carnegie Hall.

Instructors and Officials for the Corps are: Marching and Maneuvering - William (Wild Bill) Hooton; Music arranger and instructor - Dom DelRay; Drums - Sgt. John S. Pratt; Drum Major - Alan Smyth; Color Guard Captain - Phil Carpenter; Corps Chairman - Attorney Robert I. Manuel; Corps Director - Walter Wood.


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