Precisionnaires

Osage, IA United States
Founded: 1965

Inactive Junior
YearPositionScoreTheme/Songs
1969 Windy * You'll Never Walk Alone (from Carousel) * The Sound of Music * Born Free * The Lonely Bull * By the Time I Get to Phoenix * Exodus  
1970 The Lonely Bull * Patriotic Medley * This Guy's in Love with You * Those Were the Days * Spinning Wheel * Basin Street Blues * You'll Never Walk Alone (from Carousel)  
1971 Overture From Tommy * Patriotic Medley * This Guy's in Love with You * Tonight (from West Side Story) * America (from West Side Story) * Maria (from West Side Story) * Basin Street Blues * Alexander's Ragtime Band * The Stripper * (They Long to Be) Close to You  
1972 27 60.350 One Fine Morning * Jesus Christ Superstar * Patriotic Medley * Beautiful Dreamer * I Dream of Jeannie Theme * Swanee River * Oh Susanna * Going Out Of My Head * Can't Take My Eyes Off You * Sunny  
1973 25 65.300 Fanfare and Allegro * Proud Heritage (Processional March) * Scarborough Fair * Evil Ways * Conquistador  
1974 25 70.100 Excerpts from Lieutenant Kije Suite * Sweet Inspiration * Where You Lead * Sing/Make Your Own Kind of Music * Evil Ways * Sladka Pitka  
1975 14 78.650 Squib Cakes * Saeta * 40,000 Headmen * Spain * It's Only a Paper Moon * Strawberry Soup * Spain * American Tango * Sing/Make Your Own Kind of Music * Sladka Pitka  
1976 22 74.200 Squib Cakes * Evil Ways * Africano/Power - Medley * It's Only a Paper Moon * You're Still A Young Man * Sing/Make Your Own Kind of Music - Medley * Sladka Pitka  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.

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The Osage Precisionnaires were formed by American Legion Post #278 of Osage, Iowa in 1965 for boys. Originally 35 boys started in the parade unit. Within the first 9 years they were State Champions at the Legion contest held in Des Moines, Iowa in 1974. In 1975 the corps was 14th in the Drum Corps International contest held in Philadelphia, PA. at Franklin Field.

According to the History of Drum & Bugle Corps - Volume 1, pages 117 & 125 the corps holds the record for most improved season (1975). That season began with a score of 46 points and ended at DCI with 78.65 points. The corps was known for their Las Vegas style of show featuring Rock 'n Roll, Jazz, and Big Band arrangements. Doug Denisen was their horn arranger/instructor. He is also known for his association with the Argonne Rebels arrangements of "Love Story Theme" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" in 1971 and 1972.

After 10 years in competitive existence the corps still had 15 of it's original 35 boys marching. In 1967 it excepted girls into it's ranks and by 1976 had 110 members. Darvin 'Doc' Crosser was it's director from start to finish. In 1969 Doc was voted 'Director of the Year' by the Badgerland Association. The corps folded due to it's heavy financial burden on a small farm community of 3,500 people. The corps was known for it's friendly accomodations and attracted instructional staff from both coasts to the middle of Iowa's cornfields from 1973-1976.

The corps has several alumni playing music professionally to this day in 2005. Greg Orwell, long-time director of the Dubuque Colts, marched with the Precisionnaires in their last season, 1974.

Submitted by Mike Flack

Members (11)

Member Name Section Years Involved
baethke, mark horns 1976
Brady, Bob Brass/Contra 1976
Elliott, Kurt soprano 1972 to 1974
johnson, peg Rifle Line 1975
Nash, Mike French Horn 1976
Peck, Doug Soprano/Mellophone 1970 to 1974
Pelleymounter, mark Soprano 1965 to 1975
Richards, Keith Baritone 1970 to 1976
Stang, Mark Drumline 1973 to 1976
swenson, fred snare line 1975 to 1976
Wilder, Rob Baritone 1973

CORPS 5 items

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Precisionnaires Pennant from the Bill Ives Collection
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Precisionaires Bumper Sticker from the Bill Ives Collection
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Precisionnaires Jacket from the Bill Ives Collection
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Precisionnaires Jacket from the Bill Ives Collection
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Precisonaires Uniform mid-1970s from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Steve Vickers

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