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Hawthorne Caballero Alumni

Organized in 1994, the Hawthorne Caballeros Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps is now in its 25th season. Representing American Legion Post 199 of Hawthorne, New Jersey, the Alumni Corps celebrates an earlier era and the proud tradition of one of the all-time great senior corps, the world-famous Hawthorne Caballeros. The Alumni Corps is staffed by many of those who were there when those sixteen American Legion National Championships and the nine DCA World Championships were won.

The Belvederes Alumni Corps

Like many drum & bugle corps today, the Belvederes Jr. Drum & Bugle Corps began as a parade corps in May of 1965. In January of 1966, the charter was received and the Belvederes became an official Drum & Bugle Corps. During 1966 they continued to build the corps with parades and exhibitions, and then in 1967 stepped on the field for the first time in competition. From 1967 until their final competitive season in 1976, the Belvederes won several regional and national titles putting Schuylkill Haven, PA on the drum & bugle corps map. Since that time the Belvedere Alumni Association was created to promote camaraderie among all former members and families of the Belvederes Jr. Drum and Bugle Corps, to provide a vehicle for members to promote the art form of drum corps, and to participate in various social, musical, and marching endeavors.

The Mighty St. Joe’s Alumni Corps

St. Joseph’s Drum Corps was founded in 1931 by the Rev. T. Bernard Kelly, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Batavia. Organized as a youth activity for youngsters in the Batavia area, the corps started as a choir, then a fife & drum corps and finally a parade corps. In 1951, corps graduates formed St Joseph’s Drum Corps Association Inc., to perpetuate Father Kelly’s work. St. Joseph’s Drum Corps operated as a parade corps till the late 1950s, when it became a field competition corps. During the l960s, Mighty St. Joe’s rose to National and International prominence, consistently ranking among the top ten junior corps in the country. Most notable of the corps many achievements were:

  • 8 Times New York State American Legion Champions
  • 1963-65-66-67 New York-Canadian Champions
  • 1971 Canadian Open Champions
  • l968 National Champion Drum Line

After 20 years of inactivity, Mighty St. Joe’s Alumni Corps was formed in the fall of 1991 by former members and friends. 

Mighty St Joe’s hopes you enjoy our rendition of 1960s drum corps