Saginaw, MI United States
|Results from final championship competition of the year
|Repertoire for 1990|
|A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes (from Cinderella) by Mack David | Al Hoffman | Jerry Livingston|
|Pizzacatto Polka by Johann Strauss II | Josef Strauss|
|Dance of the Hours by Amilcare Ponchielli|
|Love Theme (from Romeo and Juliet) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky|
|10 Minutes Ago (from Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella) by Richard Rodgers | Oscar Hammerstein|
|Verdi's Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi|
|Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 by Franz Lizst Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies / Zubin Mehta, Israel PO - Sony Music - #44926; ASIN: B0000026Q6|
|Trumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke|
|Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn|
Starting as a parade corps in 1966 and attired in their red, white, and black colors, The Saginaires moved into the competitive arena during the early seventies. As with most corps at the time, much of their support came from VFW and American Legion posts.
The corps rapidly moved up to become Michigan's all-time highest ranked drum and bugle corps, a distinction they have retained for the rest ofthe corps' existence. The Saginaires were VFW National Champions and US Open Class A Champions in 1978, Michigan VFW Champions 1974-1983, and American Legion State Champions 1977-1981.
The Saginaires Drum & Bugle Corps participatefin the opening ceremonies at the Republican National Convention in Detroit in 1980, and they played for Michigan native son President Gerald Ford.
Until the early eighties, most of the corps' members had come from the greater Saginaw area, but with the growing strength of DCI and the increased tour scheduling, local membership began to drop. This attrition tended to spell the end for most Michigan drum corps. After 1983-84, only three corps remained in the state of Michigan, and from 1997 through 2005 no junior corps were active in the state..
Seeing the trend, The Saginaires started recruiting outside the area early on. The 1985 name change to Northern Aurora reflected these new membership realities. New colors reflected the new identity as well: powder blue, lime green, and gray. The green and gray later became dark blue and white, and in 1995 a rainbow sash replaced the dark blue.
And the corps was successful with the new name and colors. Awards included Drum Corps Midwest (DCM) Division III Champions in 1986 and Division II Champions in 1987 and 1992.
An exceptional individual achievement was that of Rusty Bush, the 1991 drum major, who led Northern Aurora even though he had been deaf nearly from birth.
In 1992, The Northern Aurora Drum & Bugle Corps became Michigan's first DCI member corps, a title they retained for two years. In 1996, the corps fielded a new look, once more sporting the red Saginaires' uniforms, along with the rainbow sash. 1996 was the corps' 31st year in competition.
After the 1996 marching season, corps management decided to once again classify Northern Aurora as a parade corps and temporarily withdraw from competition. This move was intended to financially stabilize the corps. The 1997 parade corps' membership was smaller than expected, however, and Northern Aurora officially became inactive.
The Saginaires Youth Organization formed a winter guard in 1988 called Northcoast Academy. This group successfully competed during the 1999 and 2000 seasons,winning awards and competitions.
In 2002, NorthCoast Academy was re-organizhed as a percussion ensemble in the Winter Guard Inyrtnational (WGI) Independent Open Class. While the season was not as successful as they had hoped, NCA turned many heads in their direction and gained tremendous momentum heading into the next season. The momentum continued as NCA blasted it way to the 2003 WGI Independent Open Class World Championship. This resulted in a move up to the Independent World class for the 2004 season. Though only two years old, NorthCoast Academy had already become more successful than several units who had been competing for years.
Following in the Saginaires' footsteps, NorthCoast Academy became Michigan's highest-ranked indoor percussion ensemble, and with their energetic and demanding shows, NCA continued to turn heads as they competed in the Independent World class.
But, after sixteen years, in August, 2017 NorthCoast Academy announced that they had been unable to secure support for the unit's future and folded.
The Saginaires Youth Organization has also discontinued operations.
[Northern Aurora; NorthCoast Acadey; Saginaires Youth Organization; Drum Corps World, 7/26/02, p.3]
Highest Score 46.650
Final show in DCX Archives July 14, 1969 Davidson MI placed 7 with a score of 46.650
Highest Score 24.800
Final show in DCX Archives May 31, 1971 Royal Oak MI placed 5 with a score of 24.200
Highest Score 50.800
Final show in DCX Archives August 17, 1972 DCI World Championships - Prelims Whitewater WI placed 39 with a score of 39.250
Highest Score 70.200
Final show in DCX Archives August 26, 1973 Junior B International Championships Cambridge ONT Canada placed 2 with a score of 67.000
Highest Score 54.600
Final show in DCX Archives August 16, 1974 DCI World Championships - Prelims Ithaca NY placed 46 with a score of 54.600
Highest Score 54.650
Final show in DCX Archives August 15, 1975 DCI World Championships - Prelims Philadelphia PA placed 42 with a score of 52.950
Highest Score 60.400
Final show in DCX Archives August 18, 1976 DCI World Championships - Class A and All Girl Prelims Philadelphia PA placed 13 with a score of 60.400
Highest Score 63.550
Final show in DCX Archives August 24, 1977 VFW Nationals Minneapolis MN placed 8 with a score of 57.300
Highest Score 69.000
Final show in DCX Archives August 23, 1978 VFW Nationals Dallas TX placed 1 with a score of 69.000
Highest Score 67.300
Final show in DCX Archives August 22, 1979 VFW Nationals New Orleans LA placed 3 with a score of 67.300
Highest Score 62.800
Final show in DCX Archives August 16, 1980 VFW Nationals Chicago IL placed 5 with a score of 62.800
Highest Score 58.100
Final show in DCX Archives August 21, 1981 DCI World Championships Prelims Montreal QUE Canada placed 37 with a score of 56.150
Highest Score 77.600
Final show in DCX Archives August 20, 1982 DCI World Championships Prelims Montreal QUE Canada placed 30 with a score of 63.250
Highest Score 68.800
Final show in DCX Archives August 18, 1983 DCI World Championships Quarter Finals Miami FL placed 17 with a score of 54.950
Highest Score 56.300
Final show in DCX Archives August 15, 1984 DCI World Championships Prelims Atlanta GA placed 17 with a score of 54.400
Highest Score 65.800
Final show in DCX Archives August 12, 1985 DCI World Championships Class A Prelims Madison WI placed 11 with a score of 65.800
Highest Score 82.400
Final show in DCX Archives August 14, 1986 DCI World Championships Quarter Finals Madison WI placed 22 with a score of 58.600
Highest Score 87.800
Final show in DCX Archives August 13, 1987 DCI World Championships Quarter Finals Madison WI placed 14 with a score of 66.700
Highest Score 90.700
Final show in DCX Archives August 18, 1988 DCI World Championships Quarter Finals Kansas City MO placed 15 with a score of 66.600
Highest Score 87.600
Final show in DCX Archives August 16, 1989 DCI World Championships Prelims Kansas City MO placed 15 with a score of 67.100
Highest Score 90.200
Final show in DCX Archives August 15, 1990 DCI World Championships Prelims Buffalo NY placed 15 with a score of 65.900
Highest Score 87.100
Final show in DCX Archives August 15, 1991 DCI World Championships Quarter Finals Dallas TX placed 28 with a score of 61.300
Highest Score 91.900
Final show in DCX Archives August 13, 1992 DCI World Championships Quarter Finals Madison WI placed 24 with a score of 71.100
Highest Score 72.200
Final show in DCX Archives August 19, 1993 DCI World Championships Quarter Finals Jackson MS placed 24 with a score of 70.000
Highest Score 85.900
Final show in DCX Archives August 16, 1994 DCI World Championships Division II Prelims Lowell MA placed 8 with a score of 85.900
Highest Score 84.800
Final show in DCX Archives August 8, 1995 DCI World Championships Division III Finals Buffalo NY placed 7 with a score of 81.600
Highest Score 87.200
Final show in DCX Archives August 13, 1996 DCI World Championships Division III Finals Orlando FL placed 6 with a score of 80.000
|Member Name||Section||Years Involved|
|(Cook) Schnuth, Diana||Soprano||1995 to 1996|
|Adamick, Jeffery||Tymp Line/Snare Line||1978 to 1979|
|Braman, Russ||Hornline/Baritone||1986; 1988|
|Braman, Russ||Visual Staff/Marching Tech||1990 to 1993|
|Clark, Grover||Mellophone||1976 to 1979|
|Cratsenburg-Scott, Donna||mellophone||1983 to 1987|
|Dudek, Randy||Soprano||1992 to 1993|
|Ezop, Caroline (Carole)||Guard||1975 to 1976|
|Ezop, Caroline (Carole)||Drumline/instructor||1978|
|Ezop, Caroline (Carole)||drumline||1979|
|Fine, Les||Bass Drum, Tenors||1983 to 1984|
|Fitzpatrick, Jamie||Drum Line||1989 to 1993|
|Harris, Frank||Horns||1976 to 1977|
|Horn, Jerry||Drum Major||1978 to 1979|
|Hurd, Dan||Lead Soprano||1986 to 1988|
|Keiser, Valerie||Guard||1995 to 1996|
|McIntosh, Jason||colorguard staff||1995 to 1996|
|Milanov(Goof), Rob(Goof)||Contra/Bari||1994 to 1995|
|Ober, Joe||Contra Bass||1987 to 1988|
|Reese, Jennifer (Deloris)||Soprano||1993|
|Ross, Dana||Colorguard||1992; 1994|
|Rouse, Larry||Soprano||1982 to 1983|
|Sangster, Ollie||Horn/Percussion||1979 to 1981|
|Sedlar, Ryan||Soprano||1991 to 1993|
|Sims, Tom||American Squad/Drum Line/Horn line||1972 to 1979|
|Warren, Ed||Staff / Drill Designer||1995 to 1996|
|Wiggins, Tracy||Percussion Staff||1996|
|sims, suzie||silk||1972 to 1974|
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