Newburgh, NY United States
|1958||Music, Maestro, Please * Sombe et Muese * The House I Live In * Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing * Three Coins in A Fountain * Garden in the Rain * Wunderbar (from Kiss Me, Kate) * Rags To Riches * Little Brown Jug * On The Sunny Side Of The Street * In My Solitude|
During the war years, the corps operated with only a minimum of personnel, and after 1947 the State Guard was abolished so that the corps found itself without a sponsor. Returning servicemen swelled its ranks, however, and the 56th was able to continue on a self-supporting basis until 1952. It was then that the John T. Kenney VFW Post and the Civil Air Patrol agreed to sponsor the 56th.
With the backing of the Civil Air Patrol, the renamed Newburgh Ambassadors won the Eisenhower Inauguration Parade Trophy and the Cherry Blossom Festival Trophy in Washington, D.C. Under VFW sponsorship, they rose to become New York State Champions in 1955-56 and 1956-57. The corps also placed second at the VFW National Convention at Boston in 1955. Music instructors during this successful period were Jim Alexander and Gordon "Red" Barnum, assisted by drum instructor Bill Travis and drill designer Joe McVeigh.
The corps was easily identifiable throughout its life by the distinctive bright pink and black color scheme of their uniforms and flags, right down to the pink plumes on the hats and pink stripes down the trousers.
The corps disbanded sometime prior to 1965, but passed their legacy on to the Newburgh’s newly formed Goodwill Ambassadors.
Highest Score 81.000
Final show in DCX Archives July 5, 1956 Agawam MA placed 1 with a score of 81.000
Highest Score 80.230
Final show in DCX Archives August 17, 1957 Salem MA placed 5 with a score of 80.230
Highest Score 80.880
Final show in DCX Archives July 26, 1958 Torrington CT placed 5 with a score of 77.300
Highest Score 72.330
Final show in DCX Archives September 4, 1960 Northeastern Circuit Championships Prelims Agawam MA placed 10 with a score of 72.330