Young Americans

Newport News/Hampton, VA United States
Founded: 1966

Inactive Junior

CORPS Photos

The Young Americans Junior Drum And Bugle Corps was organized in January, 1966, by Walter P. Smith with the assistance of American Legion Post #255, Newport News, Virginia. "Smitty," as he was affectionately known, had marched with the Blessed Sacrament Drum And Bugle Corps in Irvington, New Jersey.

Starting with 34 boys and girls, the corps grew to a membership of 100 by 1969, with 85 marching members, performing in the Eastern States Circuit. The Young Americans represented the Virginia’s peninsula area in parades, standstills, competitions, concerts, exhibitions, and musical demonstrations. The staff during that period included business manager Donald G. Croushore, drum instructors Rod Wyatt, Jim Cothran, and Bill Van Horn, and horn instructors Bill Semanek and Chuck Roth.

In 1967, the corps competed at the American Legion Championships and the World Open Championships in Massachusetts and Maryland. During 1968, they performed the halftime show for the Oyster Bowl football game and twice competed in the Eastern States Judges Association Competition in Washington, DC. In 1969, the corps traveled over 9,000 miles to competitions up and down the East Coast.

[J.E. Cothran]

Members (12)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Dalton, Edward Horns 1970 to 1971
Dalton, Edward Contra Bass 1971
Derricott, Duane Brass Instructor (Baritones) 1967 to 1968
Derricott, Duane Baritone Instructor 1967 to 1968
Ellis, Sandra Horn Line 1970 to 1972
Gillen, Jack Horn line 1969 to 1972
Jones, Michele Color Guard 1968 to 1971
Miles, Wayne horn line 1967 to 1972
Murchison, Randy Drum Line 1966 to 1969
Roane, Denise Color Guard 1966
Roane, Denise Guard-Flag 1967 to 1971
Roane, Denise Roxanne Flag 1967 to 1972
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