Golden Eagles (NY)

Other Names:Golden Marauders

Port Henry, NY United States

Inactive Junior

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The Golden Eagles was a junior parade, marching and maneuvering corps based in Port Henry, New York.

The group grew out of a pre-existing senior drum corps of the same name. In the early 1970s former member Bob "Links" Burlingame took over the senior group's program as director. Burlingame's was the inspiration for the change to a junior corps; he felt that there was a large teenaged population in town with nothing to do, and a drum corps was the perfect way to involve them in a worthwhile activity. The new junior corps was renamed The Golden Marauders.

The corps participated in several parades in locations such as Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, and Port Henry. In addition, every September they put on a drum corps contest in conjunction with the Port Henry Labor Day Celebrations. In 1975 the Marauders joined The Upstate New York M&M Circuit as a competitive corps. Their greatest success was winning the state 1980 Class B Championship.

The corps continued into the mid-1980s as a parade corps and finally folded in 1986 due to lack of membership. It is missed every Labor Day around Port Henry.

[Jay McBride]

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