Rochester Crusaders


Other Names:Hilton Crusaders, Irondequoit Crusaders, Grey Knight Crusaders

Rochester, NY United States
Founded: 1947

Inactive Senior
YearPositionScoreTheme/Songs
1958 (Repertoire not available)  
1959 (Repertoire not available)  
1960 (Repertoire not available)  
1961 Tonight (from West Side Story) * When the Saints Go Marching In * Finlandia * Sing Sing Sing * My Baby Just Cares For Me * When Johnny Comes Marching Home * Exodus * I'll Be Seeing You  
1962 Tonight (from West Side Story) * When the Saints Go Marching In * And The Angels Sing * Sing Sing Sing * Love Me Tender * My Baby Just Cares For Me * When Johnny Comes Marching Home * Exodus * I'll Be Seeing You  
1963 Milk & Honey * When Johnny Comes Marching Home * South Rampart Street Parade * Finlandia  
1964 (Repertoire not available)  
1965 Frank's Fanfare * Devil At Four O'Clock * Navy Hymn * When Your Lover Has Gone * Cubano Chant * Goldfinger * I Talk To The Trees (from Paint Your Wagon) * In the Still of the Night * Tonight (from West Side Story)  
1966 Once In A Lifetime * Hallelujah Trail * Navy Hymn * Don't Rain on My Parade (from Funny Girl) * I Talk To The Trees (from Paint Your Wagon) * In the Still of the Night  
1967 7 77.500 Born Free * Georgy Girl * ? * ? * Great Day * Hall of the Mountain King (from Peer Gynt Suite #1) * Don't Get Around Much Anymore * In the Still of the Night * Tonight (from West Side Story)  
1968 4 79.566 So What's New * Satin Doll * Great Day * Casino Royale * Hall of the Mountain King (from Peer Gynt Suite #1) * Don't Get Around Much Anymore * Kings Row * Goin' Out Of My Head * Tonight (from West Side Story)  
1969 5 71.500 Channel 8 Theme * Dear World * Blowin' In The Wind * God Bless America (from This Is the Army) * Hall of the Mountain King (from Peer Gynt Suite #1) * St. James Infirmary Blues * On The Mall March * By the Time I Get to Phoenix * Tonight (from West Side Story)  
1970 7 73.250 March of the Olympians * Onward Christian Soldiers * St. James Infirmary Blues * On The Mall March * Exodus * Tonight (from West Side Story)  
1971 5 86.800 Onward Christian Soldiers * Strike Up the Band (from Strike Up the Band) * Medley (from Jesus Christ Superstar) * Troika (from Lieutenant Kije Suite) * For All We Know  
1972 4 88.200 Troika (from Lieutenant Kije Suite) * Bacchanale (from Samson and Delilah) * Medley (from Jesus Christ Superstar) * Battle Hymn of the Republic * Theme from Ironside * Strangers When We Meet * For All We Know  
1973 6 79.800 American Salute * Move Over * Medley (from Jesus Christ Superstar) * Battle Hymn of the Republic * Ironshaft  
1974 5 67.950 America (from West Side Story) * American Patrol * Yankee Doodle * Dixie * Columbia the Gem of the Ocean (from Thousands Cheer) * America the Beautiful * Make Me Smile * Carmen * Religious Medley  
1975 7 80.700 Journey to the Center of the Earth * Rocky Horror Picture Show * Zorba the Greek * Religious Medley  
1976 7 78.250 Jesus Christ Superstar * Son of a Preacher Man * Zorba the Greek * One O'Clock Jump (from Reveille with Beverly) * Battle Hymn of the Republic  
1977 5 87.650 Flight 76 * Navy Hymn * One O'Clock Jump (from Reveille with Beverly) * El Gato Triste * Tonight Fanfare (from West Side Story)  
1978 6 80.050 Tonight Fanfare (from West Side Story) * Flight 76 * One O'Clock Jump (from Reveille with Beverly) * MacArthur Park * Tomorrow (from Annie) * Tonight Fanfare (from West Side Story)  
1979 7 71.250 Jesus Christ Superstar * MacArthur Park * One O'Clock Jump (from Reveille with Beverly) * Tomorrow (from Annie) * Tonight Fanfare (from West Side Story)  
1980 7 77.350 Finale (from the Fifth Symphony) * Mendoza * Artistry in Rhythm * If  
1981 8 70.750 I Can't Turn You Loose * Flip Flop and Fly * Watermelon Man * In the Mood * Tico Tico * School Days  
1982 14 60.850 Back Home * A Night in Tunisia * Greetings and Salutations * Anything Still There  
1983 14 58.350 Caravan * Volga Boatman * Blue Flame/Apple Honey * Chattanooga Choo Choo  
1984 12 66.700 New York State of Mind * Tonight (from West Side Story) * Maria (from West Side Story) * Mambo (from West Side Story) * All Night Long (All Night) * Battle Hymn of the Republic  
1985 8 78.650 Battlestar Galactica Theme * Cool (from West Side Story) * Maria (from West Side Story) * Mambo (from West Side Story) * Battle Hymn of the Republic  
1986 5 85.450 Star Trek Theme * Cool (from West Side Story) * Maria (from West Side Story) * Mambo (from West Side Story) * America (from The Jazz Singer)  
1987 6 91.140 Jesus Christ Superstar * Legend of the One-Eyed Sailor * America (from The Jazz Singer)  
1988 3 94.140 Canon * Free * Beginnings * Street Player * La Fiesta Mexicana * Chase the Clouds Away  
1989 7 88.700 Canon * Free * Beginnings * Street Player * La Fiesta Mexicana * Think of Me (from Phantom of The Opera)  
1990 5 94.000 Channel One Suite * Something!  
1991 4 93.200 Channel One Suite * Swanee River  
1992 8 87.400 City of Angels Theme * Baratta's Boogie * Every Breath I Take * You're Nothing Without Me (from City of Angels)  
1993 4 91.600 Brazil (from The Gang's All Here) * God Bless the Child * Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)  
1994 7 88.800 Cape Verdean Blues * It Ain't Necessarily So (from Porgy and Bess) * My Man's Gone Now (from Porgy and Bess) * Bess, You Is My Woman Now (from Porgy and Bess) * Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)  
1995 8 87.600 Leap of Faith * A Mighty Fortress is our God * Swing Low, Sweet Chariot * Glory * Battle Hymn of the Republic  
1996 8 86.400 "Latin Music" - Brazil (from The Gang's All Here) * Tiger of San Pedro * Fool on the Hill * Baroque Samba  
1997 10 81.600 Billie Holliday Medley * Judy Garland Medley * Johnny One Note (from Babes in Arms) * Somewhere (from West Side Story)  
1998 11 80.500 "Selections from Maynard Ferguson" - Pagliacci * Carnival (from La Fiesta Mexicana) * MacArthur Park  
1999 9 84.400 "Tribute to Frank Sinatra" - All the Way * Luck Be A Lady (from Guys and Dolls) * Let's Face the Music and Dance (from Follow the Fleet) * That Old Black Magic * What Now My Love * It Was a Very Good Year * Luck Be A Lady (from Guys and Dolls)  
2000 7 89.700 "A Time For a Change: The Music of Stan Kenton" - Artistry in Rhythm * Time For A Change * La Suerte de Los Tontos (from Cuban Fire Suite)  
2001 7 90.400 "The Latin Side of Kenton" - Fuego Cubano (from Cuban Fire Suite) * El Congo Valiente (from Cuban Fire Suite) * Fuego Cubano (from Cuban Fire Suite) * La Suerte de Los Tontos (from Cuban Fire Suite)  
2002 9 87.300 "Rhythmic Sculptures in the Key of "S" - A Mis Abuelos (warmup) * Black Magic Woman * Carnaval * Let The Children Play * Oye Como Va * Jugando * Everybody's Everything * (Da Le) Yaleo * Rhythm of Our World (from Hot House)  
2003 9 86.063 "Samson & Delilah" - Samson and Delilah * Scheherezade - Mvt. 4 * The Swan (from Carnival of the Animals) * Comedians' Galop * Sabre Dance (from Gayne Ballet) * Bacchanale (from Samson and Delilah)  
2004 Bolero * La Fiesta Mexicana * Malaguena  
2005 12 81.625 "We Go On" - Putting It Together (from Sunday in the Park with George) * We Go On * Brand New Day (from The Wiz)  
2006 12 82.438 The Classics, According to Cru - Firebird Suite * Light My Fire * Stairway to Heaven * Academic Festive Overture * School's Out  
2007 10 87.525 "Russian Rhapsody" - Russian Easter Overture * Romance (from Lieutenant Kije) * Troika (from Lieutenant Kije Suite) * Hut of Baba Yaga (from Pictures at an Exhibition) * Great Gate of Kiev (from Pictures At An Exhibition)  
2008 10 83.738 Cathedral Chorus (from Russian Christmas Music) * Gliding Dance of the Maidens (from Prince Igor) * Pictures at an Exhibition * Chorale (from Great Gate of Kiev) * Hut of Baba Yaga (from Pictures at an Exhibition) * Great Gate of Kiev (from Pictures At An Exhibition)  
2009 13 75.475 “Land and Space – the music of Gustav Holst” - Mars (from The Planets) * Moorside March (from A Moorside Suite) * Venus (from The Planets) * Fantasia on the Dargason (from Second Suite in F) * Jupiter (from The Planets)  
2010 999.000 “An Immigrants Tale” - Fanfare for the Common Man * An Outdoor Overture * The Promise of Living (from The Tender Land) * Happy Ending (from The Red Pony)  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.
The Rochester Crusaders, formed in 1947, is a senior marching and maneuvering corps based in Rochester, New York. They have been sponsored by Rochester Memorial American Legion Post 134 and the Rochester Memorial VFW Post 1466.

The corps’ colors are green, black and white.

Also known as the Grey Knight Crusaders, Hilton Crusaders, and Irondequiot Crusaders, the corps has taken part in all but two of the 38 DCA national championships, their highest finish being third in 1988. The Crusaders remained active in 2003, their 49th continuous year, a year in which they finished ninth in DCA Championship competition.

[Encyclopedia of Drum and Bugle Corps, 1966; A History of Drum and Bugle Corps, 2002; DCW, 6/25/04, p.2]

Members (88)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Affronti, Mark "TIGER" Hornline 1997 to 1998
Affronti, Mark "TIGER" Drumline 1999 to 2003
Barnett, Tiffany Colour Guard 1999
Benigna, Jamie colorguard 1997
Burstall, Steve Baritone 2001 to 2002
Campagnola, Carl Lead Soprano 1980
Caraccilo, Chris Guard 1992 to 1995
Clements, Jim Timbales 1967 to 1969
Cooley, Stephen Brass Instructor 2000 to 2002
Corcoran, Colleen Mellophone Soloist 2003
Costello, Tom Contra 1979 to 1980
Davenport, Tom Soprano 1999 to 2000
DeStefano, Aimee Colorguard 2002 to 2005
DelRa, Frank sop 1999 to 2000
Dempsey, Mike lead sop 1972 to 1973
Detwiler, Tom Mellophone 1979
Detwiler, Tom F Horn 2005
Duel, Lisa Guard 1986 to 1997
Dunn, Jerry Lead Soporano 1988 to 1990
Eldridge, Julia Lead Baritone 2002 to 2003
Elliott, Ray Baritone 1977
Ferris, Gary Drum Major 1978
Fine, Dale Baritone 1996 to 2002
Fisherowski, Rich Soprano/Brass Assistant 2005
Fleck, David Mellophone 1990
Fullam, Mike Battery 1972 to 1973
Gagliano, Joseph Honor Guard 2007
Gifford, Big Country Trumpet 2007 to 2008
Gould, Andrew 3rd Baritopne 2002
Gray, TJ Bassline 1994
Gray, TJ Drum Major 1996
Griffith, John Mello 1973 to 1981
Hall, Keith Brass 1990
Hall, Keith soprano/staff 2001 to 2004
Hamilton, David Brass Caption Head 1997
Hamlin, Roy baritone horn 1966 to 1972
Hankerson, William battery instructor 2001; 2005 to 2006
Hankerson, Willie snareline 1995
Hardy, Mark hornline/3rd bari 1971 to 1973
Hemingway, George Melophone 1981 to 1988; 1997; 1999 to 2000
Hemingway, George Melophone 1980 to 1988; 1997 to 2000
Henley, Scott Colorguard 2003
Hines, Daniel Brass - Soprano 2009
Howard, Kelly Colorguard 2007
Jones, Max Soprano (Orig Crusaders) 1947 to 1954
Kaiser, Brian Mellophone 2006 to 2007
Keck, David Lead sop 1994
Keppel, Rod Lead Mellophone 2008
Keppel, Rod Assistant Drum Major 2009
Lagendyk, Todd Drumline 2005 to 2007
Legault, Paul Snare 1985; 1987 to 1988
Mael, Doug horn (baritone) 1976 to 1977
Meyer, Jr., John Lead Sop 2001 to 2002
Mitchell, Tom Horn 1984; 1986 to 1991; 1993 to 1996
Myhand, Will Snare 2006 to 2007
Palmer, Rick Percusion 1978
Panzarella, Nancy Baritone 1976
Peashey, Ed Soprano 1962
Peashey, Tom Brass 1965 to 1993
Pennica, Derek Bass Drum 1993 to 1996
Polik, Bill Baritone 1971 to 1973
Popowych, Richard Soprano 1960 to 1962
Potts, Danielle Soprano 2001 to 2003
Reese, Ed Drums 1969 to 1972
Richter, Jon drumline 1968 to 1971
Rightmyer, Bob French Horn / MelloPhone 1965 to 1972
Robinson, Pete Tuba 2005
Simpson, Michael Baritone 2001
Smith, Lawrence color guard 1995
Spena, Jud brass 1983 to 1985
Stackhouse, Jason Contra 2008 to 2009
Stadler, Carl baritone 1999 to 2003
Stohs, Tim Lead Soprano 1996 to 1998
Stork, Bill drumline/staff 1972
Stork, Bill Percussion Co-Caption Head 1978 to 1979
Stork, Bill snare tech 1992
Stork, Bill Percussion Staff 2005 to 2008
Stork, Joe snare 2005 to 2008
Thweatt, Joanne Color Guard 1975 to 1977
Tobin, Andrea Color Guard 1995 to 1996
Twamley Griffith, Debbie Twamley guard and drumline, pit 1972 to 2001
Wahl, Thomas Percussion 1967 to 1971
Zamperini, Mar-Jean Baritone 1996 to 2002
hughes (ruiz), debbie color guard , drumline 1987 to 1992
incardona, don drumline 1967 to 1980
mitchell, joe PIT 2001 to 2002
phillipson, john soprano 1965 to 1968
pickerd, cless brass 1979 to 1981

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Rochester Crusaders 25th Anniv from the Bill Ives Collection
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Rochester Crusaders Uniform 1960 from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by John Gillilland
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334-335, Rochester Crusaders from the Steve Vickers Collection
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Rochester Crusaders 1 from the Wayne Hiller Collection

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