Chicopee, MA United States
|1991||West Side Story - Jet Song (from West Side Story) * Maria (from West Side Story) * Tonight (from West Side Story) * Gee, Officer Krupke (from West Side Story)|
|1992||314||62.800||A Fantasy of Space and Flight - Superman * Love Theme from Star Wars * War Theme (from Return of the Jedi) * Bicycle Chase from E.T. * Selections from Close Encounters of the Third Kind|
|1993||308||75.300||The Second Hurricane - The Second Hurricane|
|1994||304||88.800||A Game of Strategy - Mars (from The Planets) * Agincourt Hymn|
|1995||311||80.200||Evolutionary Dances - Pagan Dances * Arabian Dances * Dance Panels * Country Gardens * O, Clap Your Hands|
|1996||309||84.100||On The West Side - Rumble (from West Side Story) * The Jets (from West Side Story) * Scherzo (from West Side Story) * Cool (from West Side Story) * One Hand One Heart (from West Side Story)|
The corps traced its roots to the Fairview Fife and Drum Corps, formed in 1951 by Thelma Ragazzi and sponsored by the Women's Auxiliary of the American Legion. When the group came under the sponsorship of the local Knights of Columbus in 1960, a name change to the Royal Columbians seemed appropriate.
It was not until 1974 that this parade group added trumpets, and not until 1990 that the fifes and trumpets were traded in for bugles, when the decision was made to transform into a drum and bugles corps. The innovators behind this change were Valerie Duprey and Pierre Guertin. This sharp restructuring, in only one year, was not without its critics. Some students were asked to put down a fife and pick up a bugle, outsiders wondered if the corps knew what it was getting itself into, and the bill for the transition was about $100,000.
The Royal Columbians' premier appearance in DCI was a 14th place finish in Division III competition in 1992. Their highest finish was a fourth in Division III in 1994. Their last DCI appearance was in 1996, after which they merged with the RC Cadets, also of Chicopee, to form Knight Storm.
[DCW, 6/22/90, p.12]
Highest Score 50.700
Final show in DCX Archives August 3, 1991 DCI East Class A & A/60 Finals Allentown PA placed 5 with a score of 50.700
Highest Score 62.800
Final show in DCX Archives August 10, 1992 DCI World Championships Division III Prelims Whitewater WI placed 14 with a score of 62.800
Highest Score 75.300
Final show in DCX Archives August 16, 1993 DCI World Championships Division III Prelims Jackson MS placed 8 with a score of 75.300
Highest Score 89.200
Final show in DCX Archives August 16, 1994 DCI World Championships Division II/III Finals Lowell MA placed 4 with a score of 88.800
Highest Score 81.000
Final show in DCX Archives August 7, 1995 DCI World Championships Division III Prelims Buffalo NY placed 11 with a score of 80.200
Highest Score 85.100
Final show in DCX Archives August 12, 1996 DCI World Championships Division III Prelims Orlando FL placed 9 with a score of 84.100