Rochester, NY United States
|1976||217||56.400||(Repertoire not available)|
|1977||206||59.650||Firebird Suite * Journey to the Center of the Earth * Closing Theme (from Chico and the Man) * Land of Make Believe * African Symphony * You Are the Sunshine of My Life|
Based in Rochester, New York, the group rose from the remnants of a local parade team of bugles and drums called Scott's Sabers, which was founded and led for decades by Lewis A Scott ("Scotty"). When the Scott's Sabers disbanded due to lack of funding, the late Mr. Emmett Porter stepped forward. Emmett had always credited the Sabers with turning his life around. When he grew into a successful adult, Emmett had become a leader in a federally-funded anti-poverty program called Action for a Better Community (HERE to read the 2004 annual report, including a timeline of Liberators accomplishments. The Mighty Liberators was born in 1972 as a youth program within ABC to keep kids off the streets and prepare them for a successful adult life.
Starting with little, the Mighty Liberators grew with support from parents, families, and organizations all over the Rochester area. The corps acquired new bugles (soprano, baritone, bass, and flugel), percussion, tailor-made uniforms, luxury touring buses, and eventually a building of its own to practice in. Some of the best instructors in the Rochester area wrote music scores, created choreography, and taught instrumental skills.
Unfortunately, in 1982, the corps disbanded due to ABC program cutbacks.
REBIRTH: In 2006, a group of Liberators alumni gathered together and started new. Beginning with a color guard, the Mighty Liberators have begun their second generation. See the following article for more information.
Soon after forming, the Liberators began touring the northeast during the summer vacation season to perform in shows, performance competitions, exhibitions, and parades. In June 1977, the Liberators won the Rochester Tournament of Drums competition, beating other prestigious corps. By the time of the summer tour of 1977, the Liberators had become proficient enough that during their annual summer tour they traveled to the far west to compete in places like Ohio, Wyoming, and Nebraska. The summer culminated with a spot in the Drum Corps International (DCI) competition held in Boulder, Colorado.
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Highest Score 36.550
Final show in DCX Archives August 7, 1975 U.S. Open - Class A and All-Girl Prelims Marion OH placed 35 with a score of 36.550
Highest Score 56.400
Final show in DCX Archives August 18, 1976 DCI World Championships - Class A and All Girl Prelims Philadelphia PA placed 17 with a score of 56.400
Highest Score 69.350
Final show in DCX Archives August 17, 1977 DCI World Championships - Class A and All Girl Finals Denver CO placed 6 with a score of 59.650
Highest Score 55.650
Final show in DCX Archives July 30, 1978 Ogdensburg NY placed 5 with a score of 55.650