Empire Statesmen

Rochester, NY United States
Founded: 1983

Inactive Senior
YearPositionScoreTheme/Songs
1983 11 62.750 Moonlight Serenade * One O'Clock Jump (from Reveille with Beverly) * Sing Sing Sing * Don't Get Around Much Anymore * New York, New York (from On the Town)  
1984 11 69.550 Moonlight Serenade * It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing * In the Mood * The Curly Shuffle * Sing Sing Sing * Don't Get Around Much Anymore * New York, New York (from On the Town)  
1985 10 69.850 (Repertoire not available)  
1986 8 74.200 Moonlight Serenade * It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing * The Curly Shuffle * Going to the Chapel * Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy * Swing, Swing, Swing (from 1941)  
1987 8 83.400 Moonlight Serenade * Opus One * Four Brothers * Sing Sing Sing * Salute to the Services  
1988 4 92.100 Moonlight Serenade * Take the 'A' Train * Chattanooga Choo Choo * Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy * Swing, Swing, Swing (from 1941) * Patriotic Medley  
1989 4 90.500 Moonlight Serenade * Take the 'A' Train * WWII Medley * Bali Hai (from South Pacific) * America the Beautiful * Armed Forces Medley * Battle Hymn of the Republic  
1990 2 96.800 Moonlight Serenade * Take the 'A' Train * In the Mood * American Patrol * Yankee Doodle Dandy  
1991 1 96.700 Begin the Beguine * Sophisticated Lady * American Patrol * Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree * In the Mood * America the Beautiful * Battle Hymn of the Republic  
1992 2 96.300 Begin the Beguine * New Orleans Medley * Patriotic Medley  
1993 2 96.200 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot * Ol' Man River (from Show Boat) * New Orleans Medley * Dixie * America the Beautiful  
1994 1 96.000 "The Music of Frank Sinatra" - Ol' Man River (from Show Boat) * I've Got the World on a String (from I'll Get By) * April in Paris * My Way  
1995 3 94.700 Favorites From The Big Band Era - Caravan * Sing Sing Sing * Moonlight Serenade  
1996 3 96.000 Big Ben Fanfare * An American in Paris * Can-Can (from Can-Can) * Russian Sailor's Dance (from The Red Poppy) * Variation on a Korean Folk Song * Mambo de Brasilia * America the Beautiful  
1997 1 96.300 "Miss Saigon" - Overture (from Miss Saigon) * Heat is On in Saigon (from Miss Saigon) * Sun and Moon (from Miss Saigon) * Dragon * Fall of Saigon (from Miss Saigon)  
1998 1 97.900 Fanfare (from West Side Story) * Jet Song (from West Side Story) * Maria (from West Side Story) * America (from West Side Story) * Cool (from West Side Story) * The Rumble (from West Side Story) * Somewhere (from West Side Story)  
1999 3 95.400 "A Chorus Line" - I Hope I Get It (from A Chorus Line) * At the Ballet (from A Chorus Line) * The Music and the Mirror (from A Chorus Line) * What I Did for Love (from A Chorus Line) * One (from A Chorus Line)  
2000 4 94.800 "Phantom of the Opera" - Angel of Music (from Phantom of the Opera) * Phantom of the Opera (from Phantom of the Opera) * All I Ask Of You (from Phantom of The Opera) * Masquerade (from Phantom of The Opera) * Point Of No Return (from Phantom of The Opera) * Music Of The Night (from Phantom of The Opera)  
2001 4 94.450 "Showtime Statesmen Style" - The Lady is a Champ (from Babes in Arms) * Come Back to Me (from On A Clear Day You Can See Forever) * Birth of the Blues (from Painting the Clouds with Sunshine) * My Way  
2002 2 96.750 "A Tribute To America" - Begin the Beguine * One Hand One Heart (from West Side Story) * Gee, Officer Krupke (from West Side Story) * Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)  
2003 3 95.813 "42nd Street" - 42nd Street (from 42nd Street) * I Only Have Eyes For You (from Dames) * Lullaby of Broadway (from 42nd Street)  
2004 1 96.513 Prologue and Theme (from City of Angels) * With Every Breath I Take (from City of Angels) * Funny (from City of Angels)  
2005 2 95.225 Night and Day * September Song (from Knickerbocker Holiday) * Artistry in Rhythm * El Congo Valiente (from Cuban Fire Suite)  
2006 2 96.950 Georgia on my Mind * Unchain My Heart * You Don't Know Me  
2007 3 95.650 "Music of Maynard Ferguson" - Maria (from West Side Story) * People * Pagliacci * Birdland * Maynard Ferguson Medley  
2008 3 95.063 “Westside Statesmen Story, Our Way” - My Way * Mambo (from West Side Story) * Tonight (from West Side Story) * The Rumble (from West Side Story) * Patriotic Medley  
2009 3 96.200 Fanfare for the Common Man * Esprit de Corps * Amazing Grace * Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy * One Voice  
2010 3 96.700 Going To Oz - Wizard of Oz * The Wiz * Wicked  
2011 3 95.550 Man In The Mirror - Man In The Mirror * Thriller * Billie Jean * Bad * Smooth Criminal * You Are Not Alone * Man In The Mirror  
2012 6 90.930 A City Called Sin - It Was a Very Good Year * Can't Buy Me Love * All By Myself * Luck Be A Lady (from Guys and Dolls)  
2013 4 94.150 Empire State of Mind - New York State of Mind * City of Angels Theme * Sun and Moon (from Miss Saigon) * Sing Sing Sing * Over the Rainbow (from The Wizard of Oz) * My Way  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.
The Empire Statesmen is a senior marching and maneuvering corps based in Rochester, New York. It was formed in 1983 by Vince Bruni, who remains active with the corps into the 21st century.

The corps competed in DCA finals every year since its founding, finishing first in 1991, 1994, 1997, 1998 and 2004.

The Empire Statesmen defeated bands and drum corps from ten other nations when they won the 1998 World Band Show Championships in London.

World Drum Corps Hall of Famer William McGrath was a charter member of the corps from its founding in 1983 through his death in 2001.

The Statesmen won it all again in 2004's DCA Championships. Their show entitled 'Go Hollywood!' earned them 96.513 points, slipping them into first past the Brigadiers.

[DCW, 8/30/02, p.22; DCW, 2/02, p.10; DCW, 4/03, p.3; A History of Drum & Bugle Corps, 2002]

Members (71)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Affronti, Mark "TIGER" Drumline 2004
Avnet, Tyler Pit 2005
Barrett, Wendy Bass Drum 1988
Braman, Russ Contra 2006 to 2008; 2010; 2012
Campbell, Roderic Bassline 1999
Cannon, John Baritone 1985 to 1987
Coleman V, Edward tenor 1999 to 2000
Coleman V, Edward Snare 2003 to 2005
Colon, Brian Baritone 1984 to 1986
Cook, Chris Color Guard 2000
Corcoran, Colleen Soprano 2001 to 2002
Davenport, Tom Soprano 1986; 1988 to 1990
DeCourcey, Tanya brass/soprano 1988
DeStefano, Aimee Colorguard 1999 to 2000
Eldridge, Julia Baritone 2004 to 2005
Espeut, Nicole Guard 2001 to 2003
Everett, Jake Lead Baritone 2011 to 2013
Fine, Dale Baritone 2005 to 2006
Gamin, Kevin Euphonium 2000 to 2001
Gamin, Kevin Baritone 2002
Gamin, Kevin Baritone 2000 to 2003
Hankerson, William quadline/bassline 1983
Hartmann, Melinda flag 2012 to 2013
Heer, Scott Low Brass 1995 to 1997
Hemingway, George Melophone 2004
Hoholuk, Rich Brass 1993 to 1998
Hoholuk, Stas Drumline - cymbals/bass 1994 to 1996
Kinane, John Percussion/Snare 1994 to 1995; 1997
Lebans, Tim Baritone 1983 to 1985
Mael, Doug horn (baritone) 1983
Mattatall, Clayton Keyboards 1983 to 1985
McILveen, Lori Mellophone 1993 to 1994; 1996 to 1998
Mennecke, Nicholas Color Guard (Marched after DCI's) 2003
Mills, Jami Pit 2002
Miranda, Anthony Cymbal Line 2002
Monaghan, Lynn Cymbal Line 1997 to 2001
Morgan, Clayton Brass 2010
Mowers, Mary Soprano/Mellophone 1998 to 2002
Myhand, Will Cymbals 2003 to 2005
Myhand, William Cymbals 2003
Myhand, William Cymbals 2003
Noble, Thomas (Tom) lead soprano 1983
Pennica, Derek Bass Drum 1997
Pero, Joseph Soprano 2001 to 2002
Peters, Brian Soprano 2008 to 2010
Presley, Nick Cymbal Line/Bass Line 2002 to 2003
Quinn, Janis Color Guard 2002
Ream, Jeff percussion staff 2001
Ruby, Tom Baritone, Contra 2001 to 2002
Schirripa, Jason Tenor line 2003 to 2004
Sidney, John Soprano 1983 to 1989
Simpson, Michael Baritone 1999 to 2000
Simpson, Michael contra 2004 to 2005
Smardon, Steve baritone 1997 to 2005
Smith, Lawrence color guard 1992 to 2002
Staring, Heather mellophone 1988 to 1990
Stork, Bill drumline 1985
Summers, Rob snare 1997; 2001
Then, Timothy Baritone 2005
Then, Timothy Contra 2006
Vail, James Brass - Baritone 2011
Vanderpool, Sue Snare 1994
Vielhaber, David Bass Drum 2010 to 2012
Way, Lauren Baritone 2005
Wendel, Dave baritone 1993
White, Alison Pit 2001 to 2002
Wingate, Tone' Bass Drum 1992 to 1993; 1996
Wingate, Tone' Cymbals 1997
Wise, Chris Soprano 2003 to 2005
presley, nick Drumline 2002
richardson, gary Honor Guard 2005 to 2011

CORPS 8 items

Empire Statesmen

Empire Statesmen Bumper Sticker from the Bill Ives Collection
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Empire Statesmen Jacket from the Bill Ives Collection
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Empire Statesmen Jacket from the Bill Ives Collection
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Empire Statesmen from the Bill Ives Collection
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Empire Statesmen from the Bill Ives Collection
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246-247, Empire Statesmen from the Steve Vickers Collection
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Empire Statesmen 1 from the Wayne Hiller Collection
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Empire Statesmen 2 from the Wayne Hiller Collection

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