Interstatesmen

Pittsfield, MA United States
Founded: 1959

Inactive Senior

CORPS Photos

The Interstatesmen, formed in 1958 or 1959 through a merger of the Empire State Grenadiers and the Berkshire Marauders, was a senior marching and maneuvering corps based in North Adams, Massachusetts. They were sponsored by the Berkshire County American Legion Post, American Legion Post 235 of Waterford, New York, and the Charles Brady American Legion Post.

As the name implies, the corps drew its membership from an area within 150 miles of Troy, New York, from several states.

The corps colors were red, white, and black.

Known as the I-Men, the corps was the Massachusetts and Connecticut American Legion Champions in 1960, 1962, and 1963, and the Northeast States Open Champions in 1962. They at one time or another defeated nearly every one of their head-to-head competitors.

Corps instructor Dominic DelRay is credited with inventing the mellophone bugle, and the I-Men may have been the first corps ever to use it, in 1963. The corps is also credited with being the first top-ten corps to begin a show in a position other than the standard off the line. In the early 1960s, the corps had to obtain permission from judges to split the corps on separate starting lines. This innovative group was a charter member of DCA in 1963.

The corps disbanded in 1967.

[Encyclopedia of Drum and Bugle Corps, 1966; rec.arts.marching.drumcorps;DCW, 2/89, p.20;]

Members (13)

Member Name Section Years Involved
BAKER, JOE TENOR/SNARE 1964 to 1965
Cahill, Mike Drum 1966 to 1967
Chevalier, Raye snare line 1965 to 1966
Fitzpatrick (fitzy), John Drum Line Snare 1970 to 1981
GRANT, ROY soprano 1962 to 1963
Liberti, Frank Soprano 1962 to 1965
Norton, Tom Baritone 1965 to 1966
Scarchilli, Joseph French Horn 1963
Scarchilli, Joseph Mellophone 1975 to 1976
smith, sam HORN 1964 to 1968
Taliaferro, Dennis Rifle Line 1975 to 1976
Taliaferro, Dennis Guard 1975 to 1976
Wood, Walter Director 1958 to 1964

CORPS 5 items

Interstatesmen

Interstatesmen AL Jacket from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Bill Hoyt
Interstatesmen

Interstatesmen AL Jacket from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Bill Hoyt
Interstatesmen

Interstatesmen AL Jacket from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Bill Hoyt
Interstatesmen

Interstatesmen Jacket from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Bill Hoyt
Interstatesmen

Interstatesmen Jacket from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Bill Hoyt

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