Verona, PA United States
|1957||Love is a Many-Splendored Thing * Under the Double Eagle * The Song is You * Italian Street Song * The Breeze and I * Jamaican Rumba * Are You From Dixie ('Cause I'm From Dixie Too) * Chacita * Taboo * I Talk To The Trees (from Paint Your Wagon)|
|1962||Who * Calypso Melody * Are You From Dixie ('Cause I'm From Dixie Too) * Italian Street Song * I Don't Know Why * I Get A Kick Out Of You (from Anything Goes) * Jamaican Rumba * America the Beautiful * Good Night|
|1964||Jezebel * Under the Double Eagle * The Breeze and I * Taboo * Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White * With These Hands * Who|
|1965||Granada * Paris Arrival * Stouthearted Men (from New Moon) * Taboo * Whatever Lola Wants (from Damn Yankees) * Girl from Ipanema * Adios|
|1966||Granada * Paris Arrival * The Phantom Regiment * Heat Wave * Shadow of Your Smile (from The Sandpiper) * Teaberry Shuffle * Babalou * Besame Mucho * Whatever Lola Wants (from Damn Yankees) * Moments To Remember|
|1973||Malaga * Besame Mucho * El Cid * Taboo * Patriotic Medley * Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore|
|1975||Captain From Castile * TSOP (from Soul Train) * Killing Me Softly with His Song * Teaberry Shuffle * When Will I See You Again|
He thought that the troop should have a bugle and drum corps of its own, and he was able to acquire three snare drums and four bugles from the Kletzley-Egli Post. With this meager equipment, he organized the drum corps in January of 1929. George Milliken, a member of the troop committee, gave them another snare drum, and Paul Bealafeld bought the bass drum. Four of the boys bought their own bugles, for a total of eight bugles, four snare drums, and one bass drum.
The small Boy Scout Troop #1 Drum and Bugle Corps made its first public appearance on Memorial Day in 1929 with thirteen members. They needed some help to get ready for that Memorial Day parade, and Mr. Young asked George Milliken to take charge of the drums. Mr. Milliken in turn asked Charlie Acklin for assistance. Mr. Young also asked Jack Rader and Bill Luckock to assist in training the buglers.
Each spring through about 1937, George Milliken and Charlie Acklin worked with the buglers, until Vern Acklin became the instructor. Dale Davis was in charge of the buglers.
The scout uniform was used as the corps uniform until 1938. In that year, the corps' ranks had grown to about 30, and the uniform was changed to white duck trousers, white shirts, and blue and gold neckerchiefs.
When the corps began to attend firemen's parades, they realized that they needed more "thunder" to compete with the other corps that were drowning them out. During the summer of 1938, Mr. Young ran a small street fair which brought in $321.76 with which more equipment could be acquired, including two old drums from the Pioneer Fife and Drum Corps of Pittsburgh.
The group needed a better uniform if they were going to be competitive in parades, so Mr. Young enlisted Gus Peterson, chairman of the troop committee. Mr. Peterson campaigned to raise enough funds by March of 1930 to purchase capes and caps for the corps, at a cost of $343.00. Mr. Peterson also assisted with corps management for several years.
Lois Nellis was the group's first majorette, later followed by Ruth Kauffman. The corps first appeared with capes and majorettes on Memorial Day, 1939.
The Boy Scout Troop #1 Drum and Bugle Corps continued active until the outbreak of World War II, when most of its members left for military service. While the corps was abandoned for the war, Vern Acklin and Mr. Young gathered up the equipment and stored it in Young’s attic. After the boys returned, Mr. Young gave them permission to use the equipment, but he told them they were old enough to run the corps themselves; they did not need his management any longer.
Vern Acklin had agreed to instruct the corps as far as he was able, but he became ill and died in 1946 before he could do anything with it. Mr. Young suggested that the now-senior corps be called the Vern Acklin Memorial Corps in recognition of the work Vern had done in instructing the corps.
Vern had joined the boy scout troop in 1930 and became a member of the drum and bugle corps. He was a drummer until he took over the instruction of the group in 1936 or 1937.
The Vern Acklin Memorial Corps was based in Verona, Pennsylvania. They were sponsored by the Oakmont American Legion Post 600, Verona VFW Post 441, and the volunteer fire department.
The corps’ early colors were maroon and white, later to be changed to green, white, and black. The cavalier-style hats from about 1954 eventually led to an informal name change to the Vern Acklin Cavaliers, and the group competed in both the American Legion and VFW Nationals in the 1950s. Awards included the 1958 VFW Class C State Championships, 1963 American Legion Class C State Championships, and the 1964 VFW Senior State Championships. A long-time director was Paul Dachille.
A corps theme song of several decades' standing was "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White."
The Cavaliers went inactive in about 1976, but held a reunion in 2003 attended by, among others, Vern Acklin's brothers Dale and Ken Acklin, an octogenarian corps alumnus. Other Cavalier alumni were still marching with competitive and alumni corps as of the 2009 season.
[John Gruphofer, Adam McCarrison, Charles M. Acklin; Encyclopedia of Drum and Bugle Corps, 1966]
The Vern Acklin Memorial Drum and Bugle Corps was organized in 1932 under the sponsorship of the Boy Scouts of America. Up until 1935, the corps was instructed and directed by several different men and in 1935 the leadership was assumed by Vern Acklin. The corps continued to compete as a junior corps until the war years when there were several years during which the corps was inactive. The corps was organized in 1946 as a senior corps and since during the interim Vern Acklin had died, it was thought that it was only fitting and proper that the corps should carry the name of Vern Acklin as a tribute to a man who had done much to build the corps. The corps operates as an independent organization having no sponsorship of any kind. They are financed entirely from the prize money they win and fund raising activities which they conduct. They have steadily grown in stature since the reorganization as a senior corps in 1946, winning many prizes and titles throughout the tri-state district. Among these were the 1947 Allegheny County Firemen’s Championship, the Tri-State Championship of Chester, West Virginia, and the 1949 State Firemen’s Championship. The musical director of the corps is Americo Ricci and the drum instructor is Dr. John Schrenker. [From Verona-Rosedale Kiwanis Festival of Drums souvenir program, June 11, 1954]
Highest Score 70.070
Final show in DCX Archives August 13, 1955 PA VFW State Pittsburgh PA placed 4 with a score of 70.070
Highest Score 72.783
Final show in DCX Archives June 27, 1964 Bulter PA placed 3 with a score of 72.783
Highest Score 72.500
Final show in DCX Archives August 28, 1965 Lock Haven PA placed 5 with a score of 70.000
Highest Score 64.000
Final show in DCX Archives June 25, 1966 Drums Along the Bucktale Emporium PA placed 4 with a score of 64.000
Highest Score 62.400
Final show in DCX Archives August 26, 1972 Red Carpet Assoc Championships Erie PA placed 9 with a score of 62.400
Highest Score 49.900
Final show in DCX Archives August 25, 1973 Red Carpet Association Championships Erie PA placed 13 with a score of 45.500
Highest Score 56.900
Final show in DCX Archives August 24, 1974 Red Carpet Association Championship Erie PA placed 10 with a score of 56.900
Highest Score 49.750
Final show in DCX Archives July 4, 1975 Midland PA placed 5 with a score of 49.750
|Member Name||Section||Years Involved|
|Acklin, Chuck||Soprano / Melophone||1961 to 1966|
|Braden, Dave||Lead Soprano||1963 to 1973|
|Gruphofer, Joe||Guard/French horn/baritone||1960 to 1976|
|Gruphofer, John||Fr.Horn/Baritone||1960 to 1976|
|harviten, tim||drum line||1960 to 1972|
|Heavner, Howard H.||Snare Drum||1955 to 1958|
|Menear, Bob||lead soprano||1973|
|Rimer, Tom||snare||1960 to 1975|
|Schorsch, Paul||Snare||1962 to 1965|