Spartans


Other Names:Milford Spartans

Nashua, NH United States
Founded: 1955

Active Junior
Open Class
YearPositionScoreTheme/Songs
1962 When You're Smiling * National Emblem March * You and the Night and the Music * Caravan * Warsaw Concerto * Perfidia * Moonglow * I'll See You In My Dreams  
1963 5 68.750 When You're Smiling * Blue Prelude * West Point March * You and the Night and the Music * Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart * Caravan * Warsaw Concerto * Moonglow * I'll See You In My Dreams  
1965 When Johnny Comes Marching Home * Smile * Dearly Beloved * Take Five * El Cumbanchero * Three Little Words (from Three Little Words) * La Cumana * The Lonesome Road  
1970 Victory Parade (from Ben Hur) * It * Hang 'em High * Walk on the Wild Side * A Day In The Life * Merci * Love Theme (from Ben Hur)  
1971 Parade of the Charioteers (from Ben Hur) * Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? * Miserlou * Love Theme (from Ben Hur)  
1972 Greco-Roman - Parade of the Charioteers (Ben Hur) * Miami Beach * Colour My World * To Be Free * Miserlou * Love Theme (from Ben Hur)  
1973 Entrance to Sparta * Nonename * Soul Explosion * Lover Man * Air Mail Special * Miserlou * Love Theme (from Ben Hur)  
1974 St. Louis Blues March * Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 * Moonlight Serenade * Sing Sing Sing * Besame Mucho * Love Theme (from Ben Hur) * Basin Street Blues  
1975 Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 * Finlandia * Boys and Girls Together * Miserlou * Sunrise, Sunset (from Fiddler on the Roof) * Hang 'em High  
1976 Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 * Hallelujah Chorus * Two Minds Meet * Poet and Peasant Overture * Finale (from Firebird Suite)  
1977 Flying Home * Parade of the Charioteers (Ben Hur) * Hallelujah Chorus * Old Man River (from Show Boat) * Poet and Peasant Overture * Lover Man * Live and Let Live  
1978 Compendim * Chump Change (from The New Bill Cosby Show) * A Day In The Life * Instant Concert * Rhapsody in Blue * Love Theme (from Ben Hur) * Hang 'em High  
1979 Favourite Things * William Tell Overture * Sun Shower * Night Kourney * Hill Where the Lord Hides * Percussion Overture * Pegasus  
1986 26 64.700 (Repertoire not available)  
1987 305 70.400 (Repertoire not available)  
1988 212 71.900 Liberty Mission * Carmen * I Have Dreamed (from The King and I) * Poet and Peasant Overture  
1989 206 79.800 Camelot - Overture (from Camelot) * Parade (from Camelot) * Guenevere (from Camelot) * What Do The Simple Folk Do? (from Camelot) * Before I Gaze At You Again (from Camelot)  
1990 207 76.700 Selections from "Scheharazade" - (Repertoire not available)  
1991 211 78.500 Selections from "Scheherazade" - (Repertoire not available)  
1992 205 84.000 Selections from Hook - Selections from Hook  
1993 208 84.100 Selections from Aladdin - (Repertoire not available)  
1994 209 82.600 Emerson, Lake and Palmer - (Repertoire not available)  
1995 204 88.800 Rome - The Eternal City - Ben Hur * Bacchanale (from Samson and Delilah) * Roman Festivals * Pines of the Appian Way (from Pines of Rome)  
1996 204 89.500 Return to Rome - Inzio (from Ben Hur) * Cenotaph * Dance of Belkis at Dawn (from Belkis, Queen of Sheba) * Dream of King Solomon * War Dance (from Belkis, Queen of Sheba) * Orgiastic Dance (from Belkis, Queen of Sheba)  
1997 23 69.800 Three Revelations - Awakening * Contemplation * Rejoicing  
1998 22 73.000 Sinfonia Voci - The Music of David Holsinger - Sinfonia Voci * Ballet Sacra  
1999 22 73.700 Easter Symphony - Kings (from The Easter Symphony) * The Death Tree (from The Easter Symphony) * Symphonia Resurrectus (from The Easter Symphony)  
2000 208 80.750 Glorioso - Gloriosa * Oratio * Cantus III * Diofestos  
2001 20 73.800 Gladiator - The Battle (from Gladiator) * The Barbarian Horde (from Gladiator) * Ben Hur  
2002 205 93.900 Guardians - Music from Gladiator * Ben Hur * Music from The Mummy Returns * Bacchanale (from Samson and Delilah)  
2003 203 94.450 The Divine Comedy - The Inferno (from The Divine Comedy) * The Ascension (from The Divine Comedy) * Paradiso (from The Divine Comedy) * Finale (from Divine Comedy)  
2004 201 96.550 Medusa - Medusa Lures Poseidon (from Medusa) * Athena's Rage (from Medusa) * Serpents (from Medusa) * The Gorgon's Pursuit (from Medusa)  
2005 202 97.150 Vizier - Wisdom (from Vizier) * Experience (from Vizier) * Concieve (from Vizier) * Meditation (from Vizier) * Ascendant (from Vizier) * Vizier: The All-Seeing Eye (from Vizier)  
2006 203 94.025 Advent Rising - Bounty Hunter (from Advent Rising) * Stolen Transport (from Advent Rising) * Glorious Human (from Advent Rising) * Aurelian Conflict (from Advent Rising) * Canyon Encounter (from Advent Rising)  
2007 201 96.150 Tarot - Fortune Teller from Tarot) * The Emperor and Strength (from Tarot) * The Fool (from Tarot) * The Magician (from Tarot) * The Lovers (from Tarot) * The Sun, Death, and Judgment (from Tarot)  
2008 214 82.700 Metallic Soundscapes - Kingfishers Catch Fire * Turning * Turbine  
2009 The Raging River - (Repertoire not available)  
2010 203 93.600 Fire Dance - The Inferno (from The Divine Comedy) * Caronte (Ferryman of Souls) * Entrance into Hell (from Inferno di Dante) * Interview of Ulysses (from Inferno di Dante) * La Giudecca (from Inferno di Dante)  
2011 26 69.350 Midnight - Sunset (Mvt. 1 from Midnight in Transylvania) * Bella's Lullaby from Twilight * Feeding (Mvt. 3 from Midnight in Transylvania)  
2012 24 70.750 Renewal - Infernal Dance from Firebird Suite * The Princess Game with the Golden Apples from Firebird Suite * Dance of the Princesses from Firebird Suite * Dance of the Earth from Rite of Spring * Berceuse and Finale from Firebird Suite  
2013 24 72.850 Live Free - Music from Swan Lake * Music from The Matrix * Naqoyqatsi  
2014 24 74.050 Olympus - Intro * Mvt 2 from Symphony for Brass and Percussion * You are So Beautiful * Apollo Unleashed (Mvt 3 from Symphony #2) * Rest  
2015 23 71.500 Spartans... At The Gates! - Prelude to War * To Victory (from 300) * Toccata con Fuoco (from Piano Concerto No. 1) * Empyrean Mercenaries * The Battle (from Gladiator) * Lauds Praise High Day  
2016 25 71.475 Totem - Ome Kayo * On Earth as it is in Heaven * Conflict * Crazy in Love * Sacrifice * Adiemus Chorale VI (Sol Fa)  
2017 25 73.475 Connected - We Are Here to Connect * Missed Connections * ReConnected * Angel * We Are All Connected  
2018 Da Vinci’s Workshop - Meet Leonardo * The Vitruvian Man * Mona Lisa * The Workshop * Sogno di Volare  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.

The Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps is an Open Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps based in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Berdie LaFlamme founded the Spartans in 1955. Mr. LaFlamme was succeeded as corps director by his son Peter in 1980. Since 2009, Albert’s grandson, Paul "PG" LaFlamme Jr. has been director.

The Spartans' rich heritage includes performances for Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush. Spartans have been guest performers at Six Flags Theme Parks, Epcot Center, and Walt Disney World several times, and the corps participated in the 1996 Olympic Torch Ceremonies.

In 1990 the organizations was the recipient of a new corps facility worth more than one million dollars. The building also served as headquarters for the Spartans' twice-weekly bingo games.

The Spartans won the Drum Corps International (DCI) Division II World Championships in 1997 and successfully defended the title in 1998

Then in 1999 , a tragic fire destroyed all of the corps's instruments, uniforms, related equipment, and trailers. Through the determination of its members and staff and the generosity of the community and many volunteers, the Spartans rose from the ashes of this disaster, and continued as a stronger and better drum and bugle corps.

In 2003, the corps finished third in Division II/III finals, despite one bus breaking down only two days into a 20-day tour.

The Spartans again won back-to-back Division II World Championships in 2004 and '05 as well as the short-lived combined Division II/III title in its undefeated '04 season. The corps then added a fifth Division II World Championship crown in 2007.

Then came the Great Recession of 2007-09. In addition to the major economic downturn, the corps' bingo revenues dropped off so badly that the corps was forced to discontinue that fundraising activity. An attempt to sell the corps hall was going nowhere during the recession, even though the hall's mortgage payments were still coming due monthly.

The Spartans organization declared bankruptcy in 2009. and the corps went inactive. A change of management was a part of the reorganization. When the corps was finally able to sell the hall for enough to pay of the outstanding debts, it emerged from bankruptcy.

The Spartans returned to the field in 2010, and the corps has finished in the top five of Open Class each year through 2017.


[Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps; Drum Corps World, multiple issues; A History of Drum & Bugle Corps, Vickers, ed.; Drum Corps International]

Members (68)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Acosta, Allan Mellophone 2003
Banker, Tom Battery 2008
Barsano, Mike Contra 2002 to 2005
Barsano, Mike Staff 2006 to 2007
Beemer, Thom Drumline - Bassline 2001
Beemer, Thom Bassline 2001 to 2003
Breen, Todd snare(1990-1991) percussion staff(1992) 1990 to 1992
Brooks, Matthew Soprano 2001 to 2002
Bryson, Joseph Baritone 2003; 2005
Casimiro, Alex Snareline 2004
Coffey, Derek Drum-line (tenors) 2002
Correia, Christopher Battery/Staff 1995 to 2001
Dufault, Shannon ColorGuard 1997 to 2002
Dutile, Cassandra (Spud) Front Ensemble 2000 to 2005
Eaglin, Jarret sop 1999 to 2002
Eastman, Merle Baritone/Bass Baritone 1962 to 1965; 1968
Eastman, Merle Soprano 1962
Eastman, Merle Baritone/Bass Baritone 1963 to 1965
Eastman, Merle Bass Baritone 1968
Everson, John Euphonium 2008
Everson, John Tuba 2010
Floro, Timothy Front Ensemble (Auditioning) 2005
Fortier, Andrew Contra 2005 to 2006
Fortier, James Baritone 2006 to 2007
Fortier, James Drum Major 2010 to 2012
Gilchrist, Kelly Guard 1990 to 1996
Gilchrist, Kevin Drum Line 1993 to 1999
Girouard, Evan Drumline/Pit 2002
Gissiner, Peter Contra 2005
Godin, Jason Pit 1991 to 1993
Gramazio, John Pit/Colorguard 1995 to 1997
Gregoire, Rick Drum Line 1995
Grelle, Frank Instructor 1993
Higgins, Stephen Mellophone 2005
Higgins, Stephen Mellophone 2005
Hoover, Jim Front Ensemble 1989
Hoover, Jim Front Ensemble Arranger & Instructor 1990 to 1991
Hoover, Jim Front Ensemble Tech 2000
Ingalls, Susan Baritone 2005
Macuga, Dave Baritone 2004 to 2005; 2007
Macuga, Dave Contra 2006
Mamalis, Brad Soprano 2000 to 2002
Marinilli, Joe Trumpet 2010
Martins, Brian Contra 1996 to 1998
Martins, Brian Contra 1996 to 1998
McCullock, Brian Contra 2005 to 2007
Montesion, Anthony Baritone 2002 to 2006
Montesion, Anthony Visual Staff 2007
Newman, Michael A. Front Ensemble 1989 to 1992
Norato, Jon (Miami) Mellophone 2005 to 2006
O'Leary, Ryan Soprano 2001
Patrick, Dustin Snare 2002 to 2003
Piantaggini, Lance Snare 2001 to 2004
Poster, Eric Baritone 2003
Sargent , Heather Tenors 1983 to 1985
Scott, Joshua Tenors 2005 to 2006
Snow, Jason Contra 1997 to 2002
Veale, Keith Cymbals 2005
Veale, Keith Bassline, Age Out 2006
Veale, Keith Staff - Cymbals/Drumline 2011
Weichel, Donnie Snare 2001 to 2005
Whelehan, Jessica Baritone 1997 to 1998; 2002
Willemain, Nathan Baritone 2004
chouinard, kayla soprano 2004 to 2005
gregoire, Rick bass line 1995 to 1996
lund, josh baritone 2007
pellerin, derek Front Ensemble Timpani AgeOut 2008
rheault, joseph Horns 1970 to 1971

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