Saints

Woodbridge-Edison, NJ United States

Inactive Junior
YearPositionScoreTheme/Songs
1967 I Want to Be Happy * Stouthearted Men (from New Moon)  
1968 I Want to Be Happy * Stouthearted Men (from New Moon) * When the Saints Go Marching In  
1969 I Want to Be Happy * Stouthearted Men (from New Moon) * When the Saints Go Marching In * Nevertheless I'm in Love with You * Traces  
1970 The Sound of Music * Climb Ev'ry Mountain (from The Sound of Music) * Yankee Doodle Dandy * Call Me Madam * Dear World * I'll Never Fall in Love Again * When the Saints Go Marching In  
1971 The Sound of Music * Climb Ev'ry Mountain (from The Sound of Music) * Yankee Doodle Dandy * The Elks' Parade * Yes, Indeed * Theme from Love Story  
1972 Parade of the Charioteers (Ben Hur) * Yankee Doodle * Day Tripper * When Your Lover Has Gone * Yes, Indeed * Theme from Love Story  
1973 Theme from The Oscar * Begin the Beguine * When Your Lover Has Gone * Americans We * One Day in the Life * It's Going to Take Some Time  
1974 Theme from The Oscar * Begin the Beguine * Bugler's Holiday * Americans We * Medley from The Desert Song  
1975 19 73.350 I'm Beginning To See The Light * Mood Indigo * Satin Doll * Take the 'A' Train * The Desert Song * Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me * My Way * Let Me Try Again  
1976 29 69.550 Piano Concerto in A minor * Duke Ellington Medley * Massa's in de Cold Ground * When the Saints Go Marching In  
1977 36 65.250 Pontieo * Open Up Wide * Invitation to a River * Rocky * Send in the Clowns (from A Little Night Music)  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.

CORPS Photos

Background:

The Saints Drum and Bugle Corps, Fords NJ, was organized by Raymond Chmieleski and held its initial registration on May 23 and 24, 1967. The first rehearsal was held on July 21, 1967, in Our Lady of Peace Cafeteria, the same location as the initial registration. Prospective members at the time were all inexperienced and had the option of joining the horn line, drum line, color guard, or twirlers. Due to the size and age of some of the applicants, as well as lopsided registration into the drum line and color guard, members were repositioned where the needs of the corps and the abilities of the person were best met. By the third rehearsal, the “Little Guard” was formed.

Practices continued weekly throughout the winter with the drummers in the cafeteria stockroom, the twirlers on the stage, the Horn Line toward the front of the eating area, the Big Guard in the rear, and the Little Guard along the side aisles. Dues were 75 cents weekly, and every other Friday meant another newsletter boasting of progress made in the order of uniforms and equipment, or with a brief biography of one of the Board members.

With the arrival of Spring 1968, the Saints were ready to go public. The corps attended Mass in uniform the morning of the first parade, and then proceeded to Clara Barton School, Edison, to start the first of hundreds more parades and events.

Championship Titles
Garden State Circuit Champions
Virginia Open Champions
Drum Corps International Associate Members (1975)
National Judges Association Chapter 3 Ensemble Champions
National Judges Association All-Chapter Ensemble Champions
Saints Color Guard:
American Legion New Jersey State Champions
All-Eastern Guard Champions
Southeast Open Invitational Champions
Bristol Open Champions
Holiday Open Invitational Champions
Richmond County Open Invitational Champions
National Judges Association Chapter 3 Class A / Open Class Champions
National Judges Association All-Chapter Class A / Open Class Champions

Corps Directors:
Raymond Chmieleski
Joseph Palasak
Ralph Fair
Joseph Rocco
Raymond Kadash
Walter Kelly
Herbert Person


Corps Sponsors:
Our Lady of Peace RC Church, Fords
American Legion Post 324, Edison
American Legion T. Nulty Post 471, Iselin
Police Benevolent Association Local 38, Woodbridge Township
Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post 1352, Hopelawn
Woodbridge Center, Woodbridge
Saints Booster Association
Saints Booster Club
Saints Parents Club


[submitted by JoAnne Parente; May 2007]

Members (17)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Breen, Tom soprano 1976 to 1977
Certo, Bill Baritone 1976 to 1977
CHEZ, ALAN soprano 1969 to 1973
CHEZ, ALAN lead soprano / soloist 1974 to 1977
Chez, Mickey Soprano 1967 to 1978
Chez, Pete Baritone 1967 to 1978
Chiocchi, Gary Snare Line 1966 to 1975
Crafts, Peter baritone 1973 to 1976
Karol, Skippy Soprano 1976 to 1977
Kaylor, Ed "Truman" Baritone 1977
Parente, JoAnne Color Guard 1967 to 1976
Parente, Marilyn (JoAnne) color guard 1967 to 1976
Paterson, Kathi Color Guard 1972 to 1975
Scotto, Mark Soprano 1975 to 1977
Stephens, Craig Baritone 1976 to 1977
Stewart, Judy color guard/mellophone line 1973 to 1976
wargo, mike Baritone line 1967 to 1978

CORPS 3 items

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Saints Edison NJ from the Bill Ives Collection
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Saints Uniform 1978 from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Donna Stratton
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Saints Uniform 1978 from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Donna Stratton

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