St. Kevin's Emerald Knights

Dorchester, MA United States
Founded: 1928

Inactive Junior
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Results from final championship competition of the year
  • Position: 3
  • Score: 87.950
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The World Outside (Warsaw Concerto) by Richard Addinsell
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Knights On The March by Frank Bergdoll
The Phantom Regiment by Leroy Anderson The Leroy Anderson Collection - Mca Special Products; ASIN: B00000FCDV
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (from On Your Toes) by Richard Rodgers On Your Toes - Revival Cast - TER 1063
Ben Hur by Miklos Rozsa Ben-Hur - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Turner Classic Movie Music R2 72197
This Nearly Was Mine (from South Pacific) by Richard Rodgers | Oscar Hammerstein
You'd Be So Easy To Love by Cole Porter
All the Things You Are by Jerome Kern | Oscar Hammerstein Till the Clouds Roll By - Movie Soundtrack - Sony 47029

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Saint Kevin's Emerald Knights, formed in 1947 or 1949, was a junior marching and maneuvering corps based in Dorchester, Massachusetts. They were sponsored by the Boston Police VFW Post, Cambridge Marsh American Legion Post, and St. Kevin Parish Catholic Youth Organization (CYO). At that time the parish was almost entirely Irish, so the corps name was a natural.

The Emerald Knights remained a parade and marching competitor for several years after its formation, entering field competition only in 1956.

Corps director Ed Rooney, in addition to his musical talents, was an excellent politician and public relations expert. He was aided by brass instructor Frank Bergdoll, with Cliff Fisher on percussion and visuals. The shows that this staff turned out were technically advanced for the era while being spectacular and crowd pleasing.

The corps’ colors were red, white, and green. Their special mascot was Emmett, a skeleton dressed in his own corps uniform.

St. Kevin's had two feeder corps in the 1950s and 1960s, the Emerald Chips and the Emerald Gems.

Awards included being four-time winners of the National Dream Contest Championship, Massachusetts VFW and American Legion Championships, CYO Championship, the Johnny Appleseed Title, and the New England States Championship. Famed comedian Jimmy Durante was once an honorary member of the corps.

By the late 1960s St Kevin's Parish and the surrounding neighborhood were undergoing social change. Corps membership declined, and by then Ed Rooney had retired. The Emerald Knights attempted a merger with another once-powerful Boston-area corps, the St. Mary's Majestic Knights from Charlestown. That effort proved unsuccessful, and 1972 was the corps’ final competitive season.

The corps re-formed in 2004 as a senior parade and exhibition corps.

[Encyclopedia of Drum and Bugle Corps, 1966; http://firststepsite.com/skek.org/;DCW, 5/02, p.13; DCW, 6/11/04, p.1; DCW, 12/92, p.16; DCW, 4/93, p.4; Gil Norton]

Members (5)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Bell, Larry Horns 1957 to 1960
Curran Sr., John soprano 1968 to 1969
hunt, robert drum line 1963 to 1964
Mayer, David Baritone 1953 to 1958
Sederquist, Howard French Horn 1964

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St Kevin's from the Bill Ives Collection
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St Kevins Emerald Knights Jacket from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Susan/Len Murray
St. Kevin's Emerald Knights

St Kevins Emerald Knights Jacket from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Susan/Len Murray
St. Kevin's Emerald Knights

St Kevins Emerald Knights Jacket from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Susan/Len Murray
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StKevins Plate from the Bill Ives Collection
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St Kevins-2 from the Bill Ives Collection
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St Kevins 1960 Uniform 1960 from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Paul Flaherty
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374-377, St. Kevin's Em Knig from the Steve Vickers Collection

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