Rochester, NH United States
Founded: 1954

Inactive Junior
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Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.

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The Granite State Graniteers, formed in the mid-1950s, was a junior marching and maneuvering corps based in Rochester, New Hampshire. They were an independent corps and competed in the Mayflower State, All American, Yankee, and Northern New England circuits.

The corps’ colors were royal blue, yellow, and gold.

Awards included several individual championships, as well as the New Hampshire State D.A.V. Championship. They also participated at the 1964 New York World‘s Fair and the Kennedy Inaugural Parade in 1961.

The Graniteers sponsored two contests annually, a standstill in March and the New Hampshire Drum Field Contest in August.

They were an active, competitive junior corps through the 1968 season. A high number of age-outs required them to go inactive in 1969. They reorganized in the fall of '69 as an all-age or "senior" corps, and they performed as a parade corps in 1970. In the summer of 1971, they competed again, in the Yankee Circuit, which allowed junior and senior corps to compete with each other. They disbanded for good the following winter, in early 1972.

[Encyclopedia of Drum and Bugle Corps, 1966; Jim Vincent - Drum major (1966-1971), brass arranger and instructor]

Members (9)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Cartier, Michael Drum section 1967 to 1968
Chesnel, Don Baritone / Base Baritone 1961 to 1965
Dame, Fritz Soprano 1958 to 1966
Duchesneau, David 1st Soprano/Soloist 1958 to 1968
elwell, dick drum line 1965 to 1966
Nichols, Wayne 1st soprano 1962 to 1966
Taylor, Bruce drum line 1962 to 1965
Trefethen, Donald snare drum 1971
Varney, Jeanne Soprano Section 1962 to 1966

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Graniteers,Rochester,NH,Patch1-Rochester,NH(RPE)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection Contributed by Robert Pero


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