Alpine Girls

Irondequoit, NY United States
Founded: 1959

Inactive All Girl
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Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.

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The Alpine Girls Drum Corps, formed in 1959, was a junior all-girl marching and maneuvering and parade corps based in Irondequiot, New York. They were sponsored by the Irondequoit American Legion Post 134, and competed in the Penn-York Circuit.

World Hall of Fame president Vince Bruni was instrumental in the formation of the Alpine Girls.

The corps’ colors were red and white.

[Encyclopedia of Drum and Bugle Corps, 1966; DCW, 4/03, p.3]
Wandering With The Waters 6-5-63
By Betty and Joe Waters
Drum Corps News 6-5-63 issue

The Alpine Girls drum and bugle corps is perhaps the largest all-girl unit in the country with over 100 playing members. They were organized in 1958 by Mr. Vincent Bruni and a handful of interested parents who reised the necessary funds to purchase instruments and uniforms to get them started. Uniform design was chosen from sketches submitted by members of the parent group. The name "Alpines" comes from the Swiss style of uniform.

In the beginning 30 girls were enlisted, and their first season saw them become the most crowd-appealing parade corps in Monroe County. By the end of the season, they were invited to appear as exhibition corps in two Class "A" competitions, an honor unheard of for a first-year corps.

Their second season saw them go M&M in six American competitions, and they were invited to appear in the Canadian National Exposition in Toronto, Canada. At this time they were presented a Canadian flag by a Canadian Legion Post and are one of the few American groups who have been extended this honor.

They placed second in the 7th district American Legion Championship contest in the Junior classification and their very active color guard placed high in the State Championships contest in Albany, New York in 1961.

The girls have become known as the Sweethearts of the Drum Corps world and are one of the most colorful and crowd-pleasing corps in the country today. This group is one of the four units which comprise the United Drum Corps of Rochester, New York.

They are directed by Mr. Vincent Bruni. Father Udall is musical arranger, the horns are instructed by Ronald Jacobs and John Damschroder, and drums are under Collin Campbell.

Music for 1963 begins with an off the line fanfare from "Quo Vadis", into "El Cid", a unique arrangement of "Bill Bailey", and a change of pace with "Two Different Worlds". Their three part concert consists of "Flower Drum Song", "You Are Beautiful" and "Begin The Beguine". The military is represented by "El Capitan" and "The Thunderer." Color Presentation is "America" into "Miserlou" and exit with "Beyond The Sea."

From Historical Drum Corps Publications

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Alpine Girls

AlpineGirls,Irondequoit,NY,Pin1-RedHeart(LBR-2.25)AG_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection
Alpine Girls

AlpineGirls,Irondequoit,NY,Pin2-Alpine(DCOM)AG_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection
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AlpineGirls,Irondequoit,NY,Pin3-RedLettersOnWhite(RCR)AG_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection


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