Westshoremen


Other Names:Longshoremen, Bonnie Scotts

Harrisburg, PA United States
Founded: 1946

Inactive Senior
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Results from final championship competition of the year
  • Position: 204
    • Position 200+ indicates Division II, DCA Class A or DCI Open Class as appropriate to the year, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps, Position 500+ indicates International Division, and Position 999 indicates position unknown
  • Score: 63.300
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Although founded in 1946 as the Longshoremen, from Wormleysburg, Pennsylvania, the new corps soon changed its name to the Westshoremen to avoid a conflict with the labor union of the same name. The Westshoremen were sponsored by a local American Legion Post and quickly grew to become a powerhouse. They took the VFW Championship in 1952, traveling to Los Angeles to win the crown.

Falling upon tougher times in the late 1950s, the Westshoremen merged with the Bonnie Scots from Millersburg, Pennsylvania, a merger that created one of Pennsylvania's top Class B senior corps. The enlarged group was strong enough to make it to DCA Finals in 1967 under the Bonnie Scots identity. It was during this period that the corps founded and hosted the annual "Review of the Corps" in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, an annual gathering that ran successfully until 1989.

The corps reorganized as the Westshoremen, Inc. in 1974 and began the long climb back into DCA contention. They took 11th place in 1976, and finally cracked the top ten in 1977, a position they were to hold until 1983. 1982 was the corps’ most successful season, as they won several contests and placed second at DCA Finals. After a fourth-place finish in 1983 and a change in management, the corps went through another rebuilding period, making it back into top ten status in 1988, where it stayed until 1997. Two long-time leaders during this period were Larry Hershman (74-83) and Dan Bowman (84-92).

A trying period in the early 1990s led to new leadership in 1995, aggressive recruitment of new members, and a jump in DCA standing from tenth in 1994 to second in 1995, a year in which they captured the high percussion trophy as well. This set the stage for the incredible 1996 season: the corps became the DCA world champions, a title win made even more special because of the corps’s remarkable comeback from a 0.9 Prelim deficit to narrowly edge out a great Caballeros corps. The Westshoremen also performed an exhibition at DCI Semifinals that year.

After that championship season, many members left, and 1997 was a struggle. Based today in Harrisburg, the corps was inactive in 1998 and 2002. In that latter season, some Westshoremen members bolstered the New York Skyliners.

[DCW, 6/28/02, p.14, inter alia]

Members (59)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Adams, Warren Contra Bass 1985
Arnone, Sam Baritone 1982
Baer, Harry Baritone 1996 to 1997
Barletta, Ben Marching Timpani 1979 to 1980
Barletta, Ben Tenor line 1981 to 1983
Barnes, Sean Soprano 1976
Bender, Andrew Frank Bass Section 1948 to 1963
Carpenter, Shawn Contrabass 1995 to 1996
Celsky, Keith contra 1999 to 2001
Celsky, Keith Contra 1999 to 2000
Celsky, Keith Soprano 2001
DERR, SKEE SNARE 1959 to 1972
Decker, Josh Mellophone 1996 to 1997
Dressler, Wendy Soprano, Drum Major 1991 to 1993
Evanish, Lisa Guard 2000
Fawber, Jim Baritone 1974 to 1979
Fawber, Jim Honor Guard 1984 to 1985
Headley, George Lead Soprano 1984
Hinkle, John Instruction 1987 to 1989
Hoffnagle, Jr, Don Color Guard Flag 1983
Hoover, Mark Percussion (Tenors) 1980 to 1990
Hoover, Mark Percussion (Pit) 1991
Humm, Scott drumline 1981 to 1983; 1992 to 1993
Johnson, Scott Percussion (tenors) 1994
Johnston, Larry Guard 1992 to 1997
Kirkwood, James lead soprano 1982 to 1983
Knisely, Deb contra 1992 to 1999
Kralowetz, Rob Soprano 1982
Krauss, David Snare 1977 to 1980
Kulp, Sayre Bass Drum, Snare, Pit 1998 to 2001
Manhart, Craig soprano 1968 to 1971
McDougall, Sara Colorguard 2001
McPherson, Jay Contra 1997
Menear, Bob Lead Soprano 1980 to 1982
Min, April Soprano, Staff 1990; 1993
Morningstar, Mark Drumline (Tenor) 1985 to 1986
Morris, Damon Soprano 1988
Musser, Jim Drumline 1959 to 1960
Neidinger, Jim soprano 1982 to 1992
Neubold, Michelle Colorguard 1992
Pelton, Walt Baritone 1980 to 1982
Pezzuto, Stephanie Colorguard 2000
Ream, Jeff percussion(bassline) 1989 to 1996
Rollman, Keith Drumline 1982
Schneider, Kirk Marching Staff 1980; 1982
Schneider, Kirk Percussion Staff/Assistant Drum Major 1981
Schomburg, Rick Drumline 1976 to 1983
Shatto, James Euphonium 1998
Shatto, James Hornline / Euphonium 1998
Stahl, Mike hornline 1984; 1987 to 1989; 1991; 1998 to 2000
Stansfield, Scott soprano 1995 to 1996
Sweney, Gregg Lead Soprano 1980
Thompson, Mike Baritone 1974 to 1975
Townsend, Anna Colorguard 2000
Troutman, Meri Beth cymbal line 1978 to 1980
Visser, John Hornline/Barri 1996 to 1997
Vogel, Tim Honor Guard 1999
Williams, Ryan Baritone 1995 to 1997
Williams, Ryan Baritone 1995 to 1997

CORPS 16 items

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Westshormen/Bonnie Scots Jacket from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Dick Adams
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Westshormen/Bonnie Scots Jacket from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Dick Adams
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Westshoremen Member Shirt from the Bill Ives Collection
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428-429, Westshoremen from the Steve Vickers Collection
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Westshoremen 1 from the Wayne Hiller Collection
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Westshoremen 11 from the Wayne Hiller Collection
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Westshoremen 12 from the Wayne Hiller Collection
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Westshoremen 2 from the Wayne Hiller Collection
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Westshoremen 3 from the Wayne Hiller Collection
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Westshoremen 4 from the Wayne Hiller Collection
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Westshoremen 5 from the Wayne Hiller Collection
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Westshoremen 6 from the Wayne Hiller Collection
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Westshoremen 7 from the Wayne Hiller Collection
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Westshoremen 8 from the Wayne Hiller Collection
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Westshoremen 9 from the Wayne Hiller Collection
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Westshoremen 10 from the Wayne Hiller Collection

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