St. Joseph's of Batavia

Batavia, NY United States
Founded: 1931

Inactive Junior

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Saint Joseph‘s of Batavia, formed in 1931, was a junior marching and maneuvering corps based in Batavia, New York. They were sponsored by St. Joseph‘s Catholic Church, American Legion Post 332 and the Batavia VFW Post 1602.

The corps’ colors were green, black, and white.

Awards included 1963 New York State American Legion Championships, 1963-65 New York State VFW Championship, 1965-70 NY American Legion State championship, and the 1963-65 New York-Penn Association Championship. The corps also sponsored an annual contest in June.

A corps alumnus remembers that Saint Joseph’s lost the 1964 New York State Championship when the quartermaster forgot to pack the American Legion flag. The resultant two-point penalty lost them a repeat title. At the time, the corps was one of the earliest to integrate the guard with the horn line.

Saint Joseph’s last year of competition was 1971 when they were disqualified for marching an overage member. An alumni corps was marching in 1991.

[Encyclopedia of Drum and Bugle Corps, 1966; rec.arts.marching.drumcorps 6/6/94; Geoff Whiting 12/8/09]

Members (14)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Allard, Ron soprano 1971
Allen, Donny soprano 1966 to 1972
Bartello, Len Soprano 1958 to 1969
Blonowicz, Bob Baritone 1966 to 1971
Dempsey, Mike lead sop 1971
eduardo, joe baritone 1965 to 1966
eduardo, joe drum major 1967 to 1971
Griffith, John french horn/mello 1967 to 1970
Nowak, Allen Lead Sop 1965 to 1967
Spiro, Lee Baritone 1966
Stork, Bill drumline 1970 to 1971
Strogen, Paul snare 1954 to 1959
Wilensky, Joel baritone 1970 to 1972
Wilt, Ben lead baritone 1963 to 1966

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St. Joseph's of Batavia

St Joes of Batavia from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Bob Wielgosz
St. Joseph's of Batavia

St. Joes button from the Bob Carell Collection
St. Joseph's of Batavia
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370-373, St. Joseph's of Batav from the Steve Vickers Collection

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