Other Names:S.A.L. Squadron 38

Menasha, WI United States
Founded: 1936

Inactive Junior
Division III
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Results from final championship competition of the year
  • Position: 29
  • Score: 64.400
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The Americanos Drum and Bugle Corps traces its origins, as do many current corps, to post-World War I veterans' organizations such as the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The local American Legion organization, known as Johnston Blessman Post 38 of Appleton, Wisconsin, sponsored the Americanos' first incarnation in 1936. The corps was then an all-male group performing as the Sons of the American Legion. They began presenting a Spanish theme that year, the same theme that the corps proudly continues to this day.

In 1957 the corps adopted the name Americanos Drum and Bugle Corps, and performed quite successfully under the sponsorship of private donations, personal fundraisers, and the most supportive parents in the activity. In 1963 the El Toros Drum and Bugle Corps was formed as a feeder unit for the Americanos.

However, by 1968 the organization's membership had dwindled to a mere 15 marchers. The members were stunned when, after the 1968 VFW Finals, management announced that after 33 years the corps was opening its membership to females.

The coed Americanos entered the 1969 season with nearly 80 members, and they returned to the ranks of the nation's most competitive corps. At the VFW Nationals in Portland they placed a proud sixth.

As the corps traveled through the 1970s, the burden of travel costs, equipment, and declining membership resulted in the decision to perform as a parade corps only. But a dedicated core of marching members, parents, alumni, and local volunteers took the initiative to re-build the corps. 1985 saw the El Toros take the field in a new beginning, leading to the Americanos organization of the present day. By 1989 the corps had once again claimed a spot with the most competitive units, winning divisional titles and numerous show titles.

By 1993 the Americanos had won the U.S. Open Division III Championship, and had earned a finalist position at both the Canadian Open and Drum Corps International Championship competitions. A spectacular 1994 secured the corps the prestigious DCI Division III title. Along the way they picked up additional honors with the Drum Corps Midwest Division III Title, Drum Corps East Division III Title, and a second-place finish in both the U.S. and North American Opens.

The Americanos spent a few seasons in Division II, capturing titles in various regional events including the Division II DCM Title in 1999. 1999 also saw the corps finish fourth overall in Division II, capturing the high brass award in the preliminary round. This is their highest DCI finish to date.

In 2000, the corps returned to Division III to narrowly miss out on another world championship title, capturing the Silver Medal. They finished third in Division III in 2001, and fourth in 2002, as well as claiming the "Spirit of Disney" Award as most entertaining corps for both years. In 2003, the 47-member corps finished 18th in Division II/III Prelims.

The 2003 show, 'Zorro Rides Again,' ended with Zorro running his opponent through with a sword, stretching the blackguard out on a sweltering Florida stadium floor. Paramedics, watchful for marchers overcome from the 94-degree heat, were halfway onto the field to revive the fallen before they realized that his demise was just part of the act.

The Americanos' 2004 program was called 'Dimensions of Latin Rhythms,' and the corps finished seventh in Division III Finals.

One of the longer-lived Division III corps, the Americanos have participated in DCI competition 22 times, including every year since 1987.

[; Dave Strickler, inter alia]

Members (68)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Ahlers, Jacqueline French Horn / Flugal Horn 1980 to 1982
Ambrose, J. Adam Pit 2004
Basten, Jon Mellophone/soprano 1980 to 1981
Basten, Jon Brass Caption/Trumpet 2010 to 2011
Baumann, Walter Cymbal Line 2002
Baumann, Walter Pit 2003 to 2004
Blank, Nick pit, bass 2001 to 2002
Bonslater, Bobby Soprano 2004
Brown, Jennifer Color Guard 1996
Brown, Kat Soprano 2001
Carstensen, Bryan Baritone 2001
Carstensen, Bryan Hornline--Baritone 2001 to 2003
Cooper, Shea Soprano, Mellophone 1992 to 1994
Daniele, Nick Bass 2004
Estep, Dawn Soprano 2000
Estep, Dawn Contra 2001
Hoolsema, Matt Soprano 2001 to 2003
Hoolsema, Matt Soprano 2001 to 2002; 2004
Hoolsema, Matt Mellophone 2003
Humes, Scott Brass 2002
Ingmundson, Eric Soprano 1969 to 1976
Kangas, Gabe Soprano 1999
Kelly, April CG 1996
Klawitter, Mike Percussion-keyboards 1980 to 1981
Klawitter, Mike Percussion Instructor 1986 to 1987; 1993 to 1995
Klawitter, Mike Program Coordinator 1996
Kogan, Lea Guard 1999
Locke, Brandon Baritone 2001 to 2002
Locke, Brandon Baritone 2001 to 2002
Loos, Brian Sop. 2004 to 2005
Loverude, Woody Guard 2000
Low- Underwood, Amanda Snare/Front Ensemble 1996
Maas, Jill Drum line ( Cymbals) 1994
Markel, Amanda Baritone 1999 to 2000
McGehee, Michael guard 1996
McGill, Lauren Pit 2003
McGill, Lauren Pit 2003
McKenna, Michael Tenors 2001
McKeown, Phillip Bass Line 1996 to 1997
Melson, Drake Bassline 2003
Mielke, Dave Baritone 1975 to 1976; 1979 to 1980; 1982
Milanov(Goof), Rob(Goof) Contra 1996 to 1997
Milanov, Robert Contra 1996 to 1997
Miller, Eric Soprano 1997 to 1998
Miller, Eric Mellophone 1999
Mooney, Chris Soprano 1998
Morales, Brian Pit 2004
Nelson, Dave soprano 2000 to 2003
Otto, Emily Color guard 1997 to 1998
Pearson, Hilary pit 2003 to 2004
Peters, Dave Bass Drum 1997 to 1998
Petrie, Bryon Percussion 1980 to 1982
Presley, Scott baritone 1991
Proulx, Maxime Snare line 2003
Quigley, John Mellophone 1978 to 1981
Quigley, John Brass Staff 1989
Redfield, Jason mellophone 2002
Rooney, Tim Front Ensemble 2001 to 2002
Sagar, Carl Pit 2004
Schneide, Cliff Soprano 1973 to 1976
Shannon, Derrick Bass 2004
Shannon, Derrick Bass 2004
Sierra, Martin "Muff" Contra 1997 to 1998
Stevenson, Rob Drumline-Tenors 1998
Thede, Tara Percussion 1984 to 1986; 1990 to 1994
VanderPas, Tony Hornline (Baritone) 1994 to 1995
burk, tim front line 1998 to 2000
maddox, cassidy percussion 1996

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Americanos Appleton WI from the Bill Ives Collection