Norwood Park Imperials


Other Names:Norwood Imperials

Norwood, IL United States
Founded: 1928

Inactive Junior
YearPositionScoreTheme/Songs
1956 2 92.650 Tramp, Tramp, Tramp (The Prisoner's Hope) * Funiculi, Funicula * After You've Gone * Daybreak * Kiss the Boys Goodbye * Some Day * Mounties * Moonlight and Roses * Moon Over Miami * Ain't Misbehavin' * King Cotton March * Skip to My Lou * Jalousie * I'll See You in my Dreams * Sleep  
1957 6 90.400 Funiculi, Funicula * Moon Over Miami * Moonlight and Roses * I Hear a Rhapsody (from Clash By Night) * Tenderly * Jalousie * My Buddy  
1958 7 84.050 Chicago * Some Day * Mounties * Persian Market * Lida Rose (from The Music Man) * Goodnight My Someone (from The Music Man) * 76 Trombones (from The Music Man) * Daybreak * Kiss the Boys Goodbye * I'll See You in my Dreams * Sleep * Daydream  
1959 6 79.440 Opening fanfare & March * Nightingale * Some Day * Mounties * Persian Market * Grenada * You'll Never Know cha cha * Sleep * Daydream  
1960 7 82.150 Stouthearted Men * Jalousie * Dancero * How High the Moon * Tea for Two * Persian Market * Sleep * Daydream  
1961 3 81.961 I'll Remember April * Fools Rush In * My Heart Tells Me * Stouthearted Men * Dancero * How High the Moon * Tea for Two * 'S Wonderful * Persian Market * Sleep * Daydream  
1962 7 80.950 The Flying Dutchman * Queen Of Sheba * God Bless America (from This Is the Army) * Once in Love with Amy * Moonlight Serenade * String Of Pearls * The Song of the Volga Boatmen * Helena Polka * Row Row Row * Toot Toot Tootsie Goodbye * Sleep * Daydream  
1963 The Flying Dutchman * My Heart Tells Me * God Bless America (from This Is the Army) * 'S Wonderful * Ol' Man River * Mississippi Mud * Helena Polka * Toot Toot Tootsie Goodbye * Drifting and Dreaming * Harlem Nocturne * Sleep * Daydream * Ol' Man River (Reprise)  
1964 21 78.400 War March Of The Priests * My Heart Tells Me * God Bless America * Once in Love with Amy * Ol' Man River * Mississippi Mud * More (from Mondo Cane) * Drifting and Dreaming * Beautiful Savior * Helena Polka * Sleep * Ol' Man River (Reprise)  
1965 10 77.250 You Go to My Head * Poor Butterfly * Semper Fidelis * Moon Love * Columbia the Gem of the Ocean * Night and Day * My Baby Just Cares for Me * Say Si Si * Whiffenpoof Song * The High And The Mighty  
1966 12 79.400 Showtime on Broadway * On A Wonderful Day Like Today (from Roar of the Greasepaint) * Who Can I Turn To (from Roar of the Greasepaint) * Malaguena * The Breeze and I * I May Be Wrong * Moon Love * Dancero * It's A Long Way To Tipperary * My Buddy * Walking My Baby Back Home  
1967 9 75.700 Fanfare * Malaguena * Steal Wool (drum solo) * Who Can I Turn To (from Roar of the Greasepaint) * Yesterday * By the Beautiful Sea * New, Improved Ajax (derum solo) * This Is The Army, Mr. Jones * All Or Nothing At All * Closing fanfare  
1968 12 73.750 Malaguena * Yankee Doodle Dandy * My Country 'Tis of Thee * Sunny * Norwegian Wood * Goin' Out Of My Head * Caribi * All Or Nothing At All  
1969 21 80.700 Caribi * Fanfare For Americans * Don't Rain on My Parade (from Funny Girl) * Goin' Out Of My Head * Theme from The Odd Couple * The High And The Mighty  
1970 Victory For All * El Cid * Half The Batle * It Ain't Necessarily So (from Porgy and Bess) * Summertime (from Porgy and Bess) * Alexander's Ragtime Band * A Day in the Life of a Fool  
1971 On a Bicycle Built For Joy * Ave Maria * Can-Can * A Day in the Life of a Fool  
1972 29 59.150 Jalousie * Half the Battle * American Overture for Band * The Birth of the Blues * Blues in the Night * Peaches en Regalia  
1973 8 69.150 Goodbye, Columbus * Half the Battle * Requiem * Navy Hymn * 2001: A Space Odyssey * MacArthur Park * Jesus Christ Superstar * John Brown's Body  
1974 11 52.400 (Repertoire not available)  
1975 Crown Imperial March * Great Gates of Kiev * Jesus Christ Superstar medley * Odessy Park Rock * Come Back to Mama * New World Symphony  
1976 Scenes From the Louvre * Shenandoah * Battle Hymn of the Republic * Latina * Malaguena * I Write The Songs * Battle Hymn reprise  
1977 March of the Olympians * Rocky  
1978 Symphonic Dance #3 - Fiesta * Can't Take My Eyes Off You * Little Pony * Finlandia * Short People (drum solo) * What I Did For Love  
1979 Symphonic Dance No. 3 - Fiesta * Stick It (drum solo) * South Rampart Street Parade * Took the Last Train * Superman * El Gato Triste  
1980 Ayo * Almost But Not Quite (drum solo) * El Gato Triste * Live and Let Die * The Greatest Love of All  
1981 217 51.900 Chant and Jubilo * Sun Runner * Spirit of St. Frederick * Rockin' the Paradise * Shaker Dance  
1982 Chant and Jubilo * Misirlou * Spirit of St. Frederick * Paul Bunyon Suite * Chicken Fat (drum solo) * Maria  
1983 Aztec Fire * El Congo Valiente * Chicken Fat (drum solo) * Bandstand Boogie * Memories  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.
The Norwood Park Imperials were a junior drum and bugle corps based in Norwood, Illinois, a neighborhood of Chicago.

Drum corps was born in Norwood Park in 1928, organized by Willie Widmeyer. The Imperials marched for 56 years, competing and performing both locally and nationally. While never taking part in DCI Nationals, they finished sixth in the American Legion Nationals of 1979. Before its demise in the 1980s, the corps had been the oldest junior corps in the United States.

In 2004, a group gathered corps artifacts and memorabilia, and presented them to the Norwood Park Historical Society.

Every year on Memorial Day, a parade moved through Norwood Park, ending at a cemetary. Thousands of people would line Raven Avenue to see the hometown corps march. Now a permanent display from those years has been dedicated.

[DCW, 3/04, p.14; A History of Drum & Bugle Corps, 2002; DCW, 7/9/04, p.11]

Members (29)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Anderson, Dr John Baritone 1959 to 1966
Blomquist, Bill Soprano 1961 to 1967
Cummings, Larry soprano 1963 to 1966
Davidson, Jerry Brass Instructor/Arranger/ Corps Manager 1 year 1979 to 1983
Fetty, Jim Soprano 1974 to 1979; 1981
Golden, Terri French horn 1972 to 1973
Graham, Nate Contras 1979 to 1980
Grana, Tom Baritone 1961 to 1970
Groves, Valerie Baratone 1977 to 1979
Haliotis, John Auxiliary 1983
Huch, Earl horn 1954 to 1955
Kalck, Larry Drum Line 1960 to 1965
Kas, Steve Horn 1966 to 1972
LOVERDE, RUSS (TACO) SOPRANO 1972 to 1976
Larson, Bob Mellowphone 1973 to 1976
Normandin (T.K.), Keith Horn Line 1979
Patterson, Pat baritone 1968
SZULC, LEN DRUMLINE 1961 to 1965
Salinger, Larry Contra Bass 1967 to 1968
Schumann, Gary Percussion 1982 to 1983
Shreffler, Bob Snare - Cadets 1970 to 1971
Shreffler, Bob Snare 1972 to 1973
Shreffler, Bob Drum Major/Drum Instructor 1978 to 1979
Tryba, Mark Soprano - Cadets 1967 to 1969
Tryba, Mark Soprano 1970 to 1971
Tryba, Mark Mellophone 1972 to 1975
Tryba, Mark M&M Instructor 1977 to 1978; 1981
Walter, Tom Soprano 1960 to 1968
Will, John snare 1940 to 1949

CORPS 6 items

Norwood Park Imperials

Norwood Park Imperials from the Bill Ives Collection
Norwood Park Imperials

Norwood Park Imperials Duster 1940 Uniform from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Jim Hamilton
Norwood Park Imperials

Norwood Park Imperials Duster 1940 Uniform from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Jim Hamilton
Norwood Park Imperials

Norwood Park Imperials from the Bob Carell Collection
Norwood Park Imperials

1969 Norwood Park Imperials Drum & Bugle Corps @ VFW Nationals Philly from the Roy Perez Collection
Norwood Park Imperials
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308-309, Norwood Park Imps from the Steve Vickers Collection

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