Patriots


Other Names:Rochester Patriots; Boy Scout Troop #599

Rochester, NY United States
Founded: 1975

Inactive Junior
Division II
YearPositionScoreTheme/Songs
1981 231 38.250 (Repertoire not available)  
1983 41.650 (Repertoire not available)  
1985 210 70.900 La Virgen de la Macarena * The Day After * Break It to Me Gently * Bandstand Boogie * So Very Hard To Go  
1986 210 66.000 St. Louis Blues * In a Sentimental Mood * Satin Doll * Mood Indigo * It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing  
1987 207 72.300 In a Sentimental Mood * Satin Doll * Caravan * It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing * Hand Jive * Theme (from An American Tail)  
1988 209 73.500 (Repertoire not available)  
1989 213 76.500 Run Back to Mama * Hi-De-Ho (That Old Sweet Roll) * Spinning Wheel  
1990 208 74.100 Gloria * O, Clap Your Hands * All Things Bright and Beautiful * God of Our Fathers  
1991 213 70.400 (Repertoire not available)  
1992 211 75.200 My Baby Grand * Big Man on Mulberry Street * The Ballad of Billy the Kid * Zanzibar  
1993 212 78.300 Sound of Music - The Sound of Music  
1994 213 (Repertoire not available)  
1995 310 81.300 Jubilaton Suite * All Things Bright and Beautiful * Sinfonia Voci  
1996 304 85.500 Celebration of the Spirit * A Choral Fanfare * Magnificat  
1997 24 69.500 Medieval Visions - Dragonheart * First Knight  
1998 21 73.300 Pieces of Glass - The Music of Phillip Glass - Music of Philip Glass * Selections by Cirque du Soleil  
1999 18 76.500 Russian Scenes - Two Russian Scenes (from Eight Russian Folksongs for Orchestra) * Images (from Gayne Ballet) * Carpet Weavers Song (from Gayne Ballet)  
2000 22 69.050 Structures - Chorale VI - Sol Fa (from Adiemus) * Cantus (from Adiemus) * Cantus - Song of Aeolus * Lake of Serenity * Sea of Crises * Heroes Symphony * The Chairman Dances  
2001 22 72.600 Imagination through a Child's Eyes - Gandalf (from Lord of the Rings) * Concerto for 4 Percussion * The Dream of Oenghus  
2002 207 89.250 First Flight (from Through Countless Halls of Air) * Kitty Hawk (from Through Countless Halls of Air) * High Flight (from Through Countless Halls of Air)  
2003 202 95.450 Illusions - A Kaleidoscope of Mathematics (from A Beautiful Mind) * First Haunting (from Casper) * Angelis * Chorale VI - Sol Fa (from Adiemus) * Cantus: Song of the Plains (from Adiemus) * Kayama (from Adiemus)  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.

CORPS Photos

The Patriots organization was founded by a group of parents, many of whom had been involved in the Greece Cadets program, in the fall of 1975. From the 1976 season on, the Patriots fielded both a summer corps and a winter guard every year. The 2000 season marked the 25th anniversary of competitive visual arts competition for the Patriots. The corps is based in Rochester, New York.

The Patriots is unique in that instead of being formed by drum corps enthusiasts and instructors, a group of parents searching for a safe and educational outlet for their kids organized the corps. The original management leadership team consisted of John Nolan and Jack Mellema. It soon became apparent that the leadership and dreams of John Nolan would carry the organization into the 21st century.

The organization has prided itself on a slow and steady progress in quality, although the road traveled was not without its bumps. The 1982 season saw a merged Patriots and Northmen corps compete under the name Fusion, but this ill-fated alliance lasted only one season and seriously jeopardized the future of the Patriots. The corps not only made it back to the field in 1983, but also began a carefully planned rise to national prominence.

There are three competitive groups under the Patriot umbrella: Patriots Drum Corps, which competes in DCI Division II; Patriots Winter Guard competing in WGI Independent World; and Patriots Winter Percussion Ensemble competing in WGI Independent Marching Open. The Patriots also support many community efforts to provide opportunities for youth in the performing arts.

Some highlights of Patriots history include: making Division II Finals for the first time, 1996; Winter Guard winning the WGI Independent Open title with a score of 99.05 in 1997; drum corps winning the Walt Disney trophy as the most entertaining corps in 1997; drum corps capturing all captions and the championship of Division II in 1999; a DCI bronze medal and another Disney trophy in 2000. The Patriots finished seventh in 2002 DCI Division II competition, but bounced all the way up to second in Division II/III in 2003.

The Patriots continue to enjoy a unique blend of support. The board of directors is made up of alumni and parents of current and past members. The corps director and CEO, Patti Nolan, is an age-out of both the winter guard and the drum corps, and many positions on the instructional and support staff are filled with alumni. This management structure perpetuates the philosophy upon which the Patriots was founded, the same structure and philosophy that they benefited from as members: a safe and educational outlet for the kids.

The Patriots' large bingo operation was substantially impacted by a New York State law banning indoor smoking. As a result, the corps filed for Chapter 11 protection in late 2003 and declared inactive for 2004 season.

[Patriotsdrumcorps.com; DCW, 1/04, p.2]

Members (43)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Alcantar, Alex Tenors 2001 to 2003
Alcantar, Alex Quads 2001 to 2003
Anderson, Shawn Horn Line 1998 to 2001
Arnold, Patricia mellophone 1992 to 1993
Arnold, Patricia Soprano 1994 to 1996
Avnet, Tyler Front Ensemble 2003
Barham, Brittany Colorguard 2003 to 20003
Brown, Carla Mellophone 2000
Chin, Jaimie color guard 2003
Cilano, Katie Color Guard 1988 to 1993
Cote, Lisa colorguard 2001
Curyto, Michael Front Ensemble/Hornline 1996 to 2002
Damian, Jennifer Percussion/Pit 1989 to 1992
Edwards, David Horn 1978 to 1981
Espinosa, Bryan colorguard 2001
Farrell, Nick Contra 1995 to 2000
Fijalkowski, Dan Soprano 2001 to 2002
Fijalkowski, Dan Drum Major 2003
Giarrusso, Vinnie Soprano 2001
Hall, Keith Staff 1984 to 1989
Kinane, John Percussion/Snare 1984
La Gamba, Larry Hornline 2001 to 2003
Matsuoka, Nozomi Mellophone 2001 to 2003
Mennecke, Nicholas Color Guard 2003
Mercurio, Donald Brass/Percussion 1978 to 1985; 1987; 1989 to 1991
Miner, Marv Lead Sop 1983 to 1990
Peacock, Nicole Guard 2003
Prentice, David Baritone 1999
Rightmyer, Lance brass / staff 1976 to 1990
Scott, Daniel Soprano 2003
Stohs, Tim Music Director 1980 to 1993
Tobin, Andrea Color Guard 1994
Twombly, Kristian Drum Major 1992 to 1996
Walker, Danny soprano 2001 to 2002
Walker, Danny mellophone 2003
Wentworth, Tyson Hornline Mellophone 2001; 2003
Wentworth, Tyson Drum Major 2002
Wentworth, Tyson Hornline Soprano 2000
Willemain, Nathan Color Guard / Baritone 2002
Willemain, Nathan Contra / Euphonium 2003
Witek, Aaron Soprano 2003
Wright, Mark Snareline 1978 to 1981
kaszuba, greg Contra Bass 1992
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