New Bedford, MA United States
|1967||Luck Be A Lady (from Guys and Dolls) * He * The Breeze and I * Up A Lazy River * You Are Beautiful (from Flower Drum Song) * Old Cape Cod|
|1972||13||63.800||Holtz March * One Fine Morning * Questions 67 and 68 * Drunken Sailor * Hallelujah Chorus * Battle Hymn of the Republic * One Fine Morning * Bridge Over Troubled Water * MacArthur Park|
The Jolly Whalers was the result, were formed in 1960, with the help of several businesses in purchaseing equipment. Initially with an all-girl color guard, the corps became all male in 1961 and remained so until 1972.
The corps joined the Rhode Island Circuit and became formidable contenders, winning several shows. In 1961, with a name change to the Whalers Drum & Bugle Corps, the group participated in the Northeastern and All-American Circuits. And in the mid-1960s, they added the Red Carpet Circuit of Pennsylvania. The corps also made an appearance at the 1964 World Open Senior and Junior Championships in Bridgeport, Conn., finishing tenth at Finals.
Among the Whaler's awards were the Massachusetts American Legion Championships in 1967 and the 1962 All-American Circuit Championships.
In commemoration of the New Bedford area’s proud sea-going heritage the color guard marched holding a real harpoon at port arms.
Through the 1960s the Whalers maintained its high standing, until going inactive in 1969. 1972 was the year the corps attempted to break into the DCA Circuit by absorbing a number of members from a junior corps from the Boston area, but a disappointing 13th place finish in the Finals signaled the end. Although the corps ceased operations in 1972, it is still remembered fondly in the New England area.
Highest Score 65.100
Final show in DCX Archives July 29, 1961 Torrington CT placed 5 with a score of 65.100
Highest Score 80.833
Final show in DCX Archives September 16, 1962 All American Championships Worchester MA placed 1 with a score of 80.833
Highest Score 76.767
Final show in DCX Archives September 1, 1963 Northeastern Circuit Championships - Prelims Agawam MA placed 9 with a score of 76.767
Highest Score 88.830
Final show in DCX Archives September 20, 1964 All-American Circuit Championship Bristol RI placed 1 with a score of 77.800
Highest Score 73.666
Final show in DCX Archives September 5, 1965 Northeastern Circuit Championships Finals Agawam MA placed 7 with a score of 66.730
Highest Score 78.566
Final show in DCX Archives September 11, 1966 West Hartford placed 1 with a score of 78.566
Highest Score 85.780
Final show in DCX Archives September 3, 1967 Northeastern Circuit Championships Prelims (Senior) Agawam MA placed 2 with a score of 85.780
Highest Score 59.950
Final show in DCX Archives July 26, 1969 Carlisle PA placed 5 with a score of 59.950
Highest Score 63.800
Final show in DCX Archives September 3, 1972 DCA Championships Prelims Jersey City NJ placed 13 with a score of 63.800
|Member Name||Section||Years Involved|
|Burgo, Steven||soprano||1967 to 1972|
|CAMACHO, DON||DRUM||1962 to 1964|
|DeSouza, Michael||French,Mellophone||1965 to 1972|
|Gonsalves, Joey||Soprano||1969 to 1972|
|Hastings, James||snare||1964 to 1972|
|Leger, Raymond||BRASS||1958 to 1972|
|leger, raymond||brass||1960 to 1972|
|Roderick, Bill||Soprano||1972 to 1973|
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