Rockland, MA United States
|1964||23||77.650||(Repertoire not available)|
|1970||Born Free * Where is Love (from Oliver) * By the Time I Get to Phoenix|
|1971||If My Friends Could See Me Now (from Sweet Charity) * I'm a Brass Band (from Sweet Charity) * I've Gotta Be Me * Where is Love (from Oliver)|
|1972||Jesus Christ Superstar * King Herod's Song (from Jesus Christ Superstar) * Comedy Tonight (from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) * Mercy Mercy Mercy * Yankee Doodle * Everything's All Right (from Jesus Christ Superstar)|
|1973||Procession of the Sardar * Comedy Tonight (from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) * Rock For All Ages * Yankee Doodle Medley * Sing|
|1974||52||44.900||Procession of the Sardar * Yankee Doodle * Hoedown (from Rodeo) * Vehicle (Ides of March) * Jesus Christ Superstar Medley * Rock For All Ages * Frankenstein (drum solo) * Sing|
|1975||44||51.600||Marche Slav * Eglantine (from Bedknobs and Broomsticks) * Norwegian Wood * Living in the Past * Procession of the Sardar * Touch Me In The Morning * The Way We Were|
|1976||American Salute * Rudimental Artistry * Eglantine (from Bedknobs and Broomsticks) * The Music and The Mirror (from A Chorus Line) * El Gato Triste * Hall of the Mountain King (from Peer Gynt Suite #1) * Touch Me In The Morning * The Way We Were|
|1977||Mambo Tambo * Hoe Down * Brass Roots * The Music and The Mirror (from A Chorus Line) * Let's Hear It For Me (from Funny Lady)|
|1978||33||65.550||Overture from Funny Girl * Tomorrow (from Annie) * I Hope I Get It (from A Chorus Line) * Let's Hear It For Me (from Funny Lady) * Danse With Me George|
|1979||27||69.850||Solitaire * New York, New York (from On the Town)|
|1980||18||69.250||Divergents * The Serpent * Solitaire * Day Of The Dreamer|
|1981||17||73.250||Divergents * She's Not There * Menino das Laranjas * Samba Song * Never My Love|
|1982||20||72.050||Contemporary Expressions of Spain * Medieval Overture * Theme Without A Movie * If I Could Reach You|
|1983||Rest In Peace - (Repertoire not available)|
Like many other drum corps in the fall of 1959, the corps was sponsored by the local Catholic parish, Holy Family Church in Rockland, Massachusetts. The corps competed in the Eastern Massachusetts and CYO circuits in the greater Boston area, and rose steadily through the ranks of the local competitive circuits.
The Defenders began competing in Class C in 1960 and '61, then moved up into Class B in 1962 and '63. In 1964, the Defenders finally reached the top and competed in Class A for two years, but dismal results forced a return to Class B, where the corps' efforts was again met with success.
The Defenders experienced their greatest success as a Class B corps in the local circuits. In 1963 and again in 1967, the corps won both the CYO and Emass Championships. It was during the mid-60s the corps began its feeder system. It was the success of this feeder system that catapulted the corps into the next era.
In 1968, turmoil within the management of the corps brought about the sudden demise of the "senior" Defenders. The senior corps was disbanded after the 1968 competitive season, although the junior (feeder) corps continued to practice and march in parades throughout the following year.
In the summer of 1970, the Holy Family Defenders once again took to the competition field in the local circuits as a Class C corps. Sixteen brass and 12 percussion made up the musical sections. The corps' first brass instructor was Ed Denon, assisted by Steve Dorgan. Percussion was instructed by Kevin Shea, and the visual instructor was Joe Casey.
Although the name change to Plymouth County Defenders wouldn't take effect for several years, the corps' identity and direction were notably different from that of its defunct parent corps, largely due to the vision of the new management team and staff. Under the leadership of Al King, the management recruited a diverse staff of experienced instructors like Ed Denon and Joe Caset, as well as a group of talented unknowns like Jerry Hicket, Mary Berkley, Steve Dorgan and home-grown Kevin Shea, to work with this "new" corps.
Over the years, many up-and-coming instructors would have an impact on the corps' success. Names like Neil Smith, Don McTaggart, George Zingali, Steve Covitz, Peggy Twiggs, John Sullivan, Vinn Radford, and Dale Powers contributed significantly to the Defenders' consistent improvement. This combination of experience and youth in instructors helped formulate the corps' fundamental philosophy that would prove to be the reason for this "hick town" corps' success. The difference between the new Defenders and the old was that winning was never set as THE goal to attain. The focus was on perfecting the details that contribute to the overall image; the winning would ultimately take care of itself. This attention to detail was the reason for the squeaky clean image the corps portrayed throughout the 1970s.
In 1974, the corps began competing more outside of local circuits. Although the majority of the corps was still from the greater Rockland area, a steady influx of members from outside was beginning to have an impact. Also during this period a combination of philosophical differences, less financial support from the parish, and a need for greater autonomy put a strain on the relationship between corps management and the parish.
During the winter of 1976-77, the corps severed its relationship with the parish and took on the new name The Defenders of Plymouth County. This name change signified more than just a new identity. It represented independence as well as a commitment to a new direction. Over the next several years, the Defenders would entertain audiences in every state east of the Rockies. During this travel, it was not uncommon to pick up new members along the way to fill in the blanks. These new out-of-state members were attracted to the corps by its clean image and the strong sense of family that was evident even to the casual onlooker. New members often offered reasons for jumping on board like "They were entertaining;" "They looked like they enjoy one another;" and "They know how to have fun."
One of the more memorable times the corps experienced was when it made the World Open Finals for the first time in 1977, in which they finished tenth. In 1980 through '82, the corps was able to consistently place in the top 25 at the World Open.
In the winter of 1983, after falling short of their expectation of breaking into the elite top 12 the previous season, the corps membership was at an all-time low, and the corps was deeply in debt. The corps' management made the difficult decision to disband.
[Gary Peterson, inter alia]
Highest Score 85.200
Final show in DCX Archives September 16, 1962 Eastern MA Circuit Championships Malden MA placed 1 with a score of 84.350
Highest Score 84.400
Final show in DCX Archives September 21, 1963 Serenade of Champions Danvers MA placed 4 with a score of 76.536
Highest Score 81.000
Final show in DCX Archives September 20, 1964 Eastern MA Circuit Championships Malden MA placed 5 with a score of 71.780
Highest Score 71.500
Final show in DCX Archives June 19, 1965 Everett MA placed 2 with a score of 63.350
Highest Score 52.000
Final show in DCX Archives September 11, 1966 MA CYO Boston MA placed 4 with a score of 52.000
Highest Score 0.000
Final show in DCX Archives January 1, 1967 Eastern Massachusetts Circuit Championships Malden MA
Highest Score 47.500
Final show in DCX Archives August 20, 1969 VFW Nationals-Preliminary Round Philadelphia PA placed 63 with a score of 47.500
Highest Score 70.350
Final show in DCX Archives September 9, 1972 CYO Finals Somerville MA placed 1 with a score of 70.350
Highest Score 73.550
Final show in DCX Archives September 8, 1973 CYO Finals Somerville MA placed 1 with a score of 70.250
Highest Score 57.000
Final show in DCX Archives September 7, 1974 Walpole MA placed 4 with a score of 57.000
Highest Score 70.050
Final show in DCX Archives August 15, 1975 DCI World Championships - Prelims Philadelphia PA placed 44 with a score of 51.600
Highest Score 62.750
Final show in DCX Archives August 18, 1976 VFW Nationals Prelims New York NY placed 22 with a score of 57.850
Highest Score 71.850
Final show in DCX Archives September 3, 1977 Battle of Champions Malden MA placed 5 with a score of 71.850
Highest Score 76.250
Final show in DCX Archives September 2, 1978 Battle of Champions Malden MA placed 4 with a score of 76.250
Highest Score 73.150
Final show in DCX Archives September 1, 1979 Malden MA placed 4 with a score of 73.150
Highest Score 73.800
Final show in DCX Archives August 15, 1980 DCI World Championships Prelims Birmingham AL placed 18 with a score of 69.250
Highest Score 75.250
Final show in DCX Archives August 21, 1981 DCI World Championships Prelims Montreal QUE Canada placed 17 with a score of 73.250
Highest Score 73.500
Final show in DCX Archives August 20, 1982 DCI World Championships Prelims Montreal QUE Canada placed 20 with a score of 72.050
Highest Score 0.000
Final show in DCX Archives July 19, 2014 Fiesta De Musica Manchester NH
Highest Score 0.000
Final show in DCX Archives July 30, 2015 CYO Nationals Tribute Quincy MA
|Member Name||Section||Years Involved|
|Barends, Maureen (Reardon)||Color Guard||1968 to 1979|
|Boyd, Bob||hornline||1972 to 1982|
|Boyd, Wayne||Brass, Soprano||1966 to 1978|
|Boyd, Wayne||Corps Management||1980|
|Carnes, Bill||Tenors (quads)||1980 to 1982|
|cisco, al||drum staff||1981 to 1982|
|Dorgan, Steve||Brass Director & Arranger||1969 to 1981|
|harrington, mick||drums||1972 to 1975|
|Hermes, Kevin||Drumline/Snare||1973 to 1979|
|Horan, John||Horn line||1980 to 1981|
|LaRosa, Joseph||Drumline||1975 to 1980|
|Mathews, Michelle||colorguard||1973 to 1976|
|Powers, Dale||Brass & Staff||1976 to 1982|
|roberts, joseph||hornline||1970 to 1978|
|Taylor (Griffin), Janice||Color Guard||1981 to 1982|
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