Pembroke Imperials

Pembroke, MA United States
Founded: 1965

Inactive Junior
YearPositionScoreTheme/Songs
1972 17 73.100 Artistry in Rhythm * God Bless America (from This Is the Army) * String Of Pearls * Like Father Like Son * Take the 'A' Train * Getting Sentimental Over You  
1974 30 67.450 Rhapsody in Blue * Artistry in Rhythm * Ciribiribin * Moonlight Serenade * In the Mood * Stoney End * MacArthur Park  
1975 39 55.650 (Repertoire not available)  
1976 207 65.600 Jupiter (from The Planets) * Tornado (from The Wiz) * Malaga * Hill Where the Lord Hides * MacArthur Park  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.

CORPS Photos

The Pembroke Imperials were organized in 1965 by the Pembroke VFW Post, under the direction of William McSharry, Norman Robadeau and Joseph Metzger.

They drew members from small towns all over the South Shore area of Massachusetts. They gained prestige with their big band sound under the guidance of horn instructor Jim Wedge.

The corps joined the Eastern Massachusetts Drum and Bugle Corps Circuit for the 1966 competition season as a Class C unit. They qualified for the Class C Finals that first season and were moved up to Class AII the following year. In 1968 they won the Eastern Massachusetts Circuit Class AII Championship.

The Imperials entered Class A competition in 1969. In 1970 a performance at the World Open placed the corps well into the top 20.

They were the American Legion State Champions in 1971, '72 and '73, VFW State Champions in 1974, Mayflower State Circuit Champions in 1972, 1973 and 1974. Their highest DCI finish was 17th in Open Class Prelims.

Under the Direction of Arthur Richards in 1973 they won the VFW National Championship in New Orleans, also winning the Silver Drum Trophy. That same year saw the corps having to withdraw from one competition because 50 members came down with food poisoning after dining at a local hamburger specialty house.

In 1977 The corps took on a new look and show direction, securing Mike Moxley and Peter Emmons of Blue Devils fame as instructors. The corps competed most of the season but disbanded just prior to DCI Nationals due to the high cost of national competition.

The Imperial Juniors existed until 1982 and even became the new Imperials, but their existence came to an end in 1982.

The Pembroke Imperials was in the process of re-organization in 2002.

[A History of Drum & Bugle Corps, 2002; DCW, 1/03, p.4, inter alia]

Members (7)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Clarke, Janet french horn 1974 to 1977
Damewood, Kevin Soprano / mellophone 1974 to 1975
Keith, Vicki Color Guard/Drum Major 1979 to 1982
Mackenrodt, Bob Contra bass 1965 to 1972
O'Keefe, Paul Soprano 1973 to 1977
Stark, John Soprano 1975 to 1977
Stark, John Sop 1975 to 1977

CORPS 2 items

Pembroke Imperials

1971 Pembroke Imperials Drum and Bugle Corps @ VFW Nationals Dallas from the Roy Perez Collection
Pembroke Imperials

1971 Pembroke Imperials @ VFW Nationals Prelims from the Roy Perez Collection

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