Milwaukee, WI United States
|1961||Tramp, Tramp, Tramp * No Other Love (from Me And Juliet) * Selections from Gone with the Wind|
|1962||Tramp, Tramp, Tramp * No Other Love (from Me And Juliet) * Selections from Gone with the Wind|
|1963||(Repertoire not available)|
|1964||(Repertoire not available)|
|1965||Imperial Irish March * Peg o' My Heart * On the Alert * Rain Rain Polka * Alexander's Ragtime Band * Finlandia * That's All|
|1966||When Irish Eyes Are Smiling * Irish Washerwoman (from Irish Suite) * Peg o' My Heart * Armed Forces Medley * My Buddy * Alabama Jubilee * Rain Rain Polka * No Other Love (from Me And Juliet) * That's All|
|1967||New World Symphony * Alabama Jubilee * Kerry Dances * Armed Forces Theme * My Buddy * Greensleeves|
|1968||Semper Fidelis * Kerry Dances * New World Symphony * Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody * All the Things You Are * Greensleeves|
|1969||Swanee * McNamara's Band * My Buddy * Scarborough Fair * Classical Gas * All the Things You Are * Greensleeves * When Irish Eyes Are Smiling|
|1970||Ben Hur * John F. Kennedy March * Stars and Stripes Forever * Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (from On Your Toes) * Romeo and Juliet * Lord's Prayer|
|1971||Ben Hur * Clancy Lowered the Boom * Stars and Stripes Forever * Danny Boy|
|1972||19||70.750||Irish Rhapsody * Rule Britannia * I'm a Man * Danny Boy|
The corps’ Irish-themed colors were Kelly green and gold.
When the corps began, the instructional staff was made up entirely of young men and women from Miwaukee's South Side.who were all also marching members of the Norwood Park Imperials, a corps that had been a finalist at either American Legion or VFW Nationals for the previous five seasons. Therefore, the new corps of youngsters was dubbed the Imperials of Saint Patrick...
Walter Kendon and the Westmont V.F.W. Post were benefactors who donated uniforms for the new corps filled with mostly inexperienced sixth through eighth grade students. The corps bought drums and bugles, and the Imperials began entering Class B and C contests. Used buses were bought, allowing the corps to have its own transportation to shows around Wisconsin and in the surrounding states. In that day of multitudes of corps sponsored by veterans post and church parishes, the Imperials were just one of a dozen or more corps in the Milwaukee area.
The Imperials sponsored two contests annually, the Men of Brass and Men of March, for small corps and color guard, respectively.
The corps finished 19th in the first DCI competition, after which they merged with the Thunderbolts of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, in 1973 to form The Thing, which was renamed Pioneer in 1974.
When, after only a few years, the elements of the Thunderbolts departed the merger to return to the Thunderbolt Cadets, Pioneer claimed the 1961 founding of the Imperials as its beginnings, rejecting the founding of the Thunderboltsa twelve years earlier.
[Encyclopedia of Drum and Bugle Corps, 1966; rec.arts.marching.drumcorps 8/24/98; A History of Drum & Bugle Corps, 2002, Steve Vickers, ed.]
Highest Score 79.470
Final show in DCX Archives August 30, 1958 American Legion National Championships - Junior Contest Chicago IL placed 14 with a score of 79.470
Highest Score 59.900
Final show in DCX Archives August 11, 1963 Racine WI placed 5 with a score of 41.150
Highest Score 68.200
Final show in DCX Archives August 5, 1964 VFW Nationals Preliminaries Cleveland OH placed 36 with a score of 59.050
Highest Score 75.300
Final show in DCX Archives August 21, 1965 World Open Prelims Bridgeport CT placed 17 with a score of 66.260
Highest Score 76.220
Final show in DCX Archives August 27, 1966 American Legion National Championships - Prelims Washington DC placed 26 with a score of 66.766
Highest Score 78.200
Final show in DCX Archives September 4, 1967 Janesville WI placed 5 with a score of 64.500
Highest Score 77.250
Final show in DCX Archives September 8, 1968 Maywood IL placed 4 with a score of 66.480
Highest Score 65.150
Final show in DCX Archives August 14, 1969 World Open - Class A Prelims Lynn MA placed 18 with a score of 65.150
Highest Score 62.050
Final show in DCX Archives August 23, 1970 Wisconsin State Fair West Allis WI placed 7 with a score of 62.050
Highest Score 76.300
Final show in DCX Archives August 13, 1971 4th Annual U.S. Open (Open Class prelims) Marion OH placed 13 with a score of 72.350
Highest Score 76.550
Final show in DCX Archives August 26, 1972 Loves Park IL placed 4 with a score of 76.550
Highest Score 58.150
Final show in DCX Archives August 11, 1979 Momence IL placed 3 with a score of 58.150
Highest Score 52.500
Final show in DCX Archives July 19, 1980 Kankakee IL placed 4 with a score of 52.500
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