Selden, NY United States
|1959||Fanfare--Brave Bulls * You Belong to My Heart * West Point March * The Lady is a Tramp (from Babes in Arms) * What a Difference A Day Makes * La Paloma * September in the Rain|
|1960||(Repertoire not available)|
|1961||A Foggy Day * Soon * West Point March * Poinciana * Fantasy * Mack The Knife * Mardi Gras March * Nightingale * September in the Rain * Bess, You Is My Woman Now (from Porgy and Bess)|
|1964||Artistry in Rhythm * There's No Business Like Show Business (from Annie, Get Your Gun) * Mack The Knife * Hang 'em High * Milk and Honey * How the West Was Won * I Love You Today (from Sophie)|
|1965||Fanfare for the Common Man * Spanish Rogue * How the West Was Won * Selections from Funny Girl * Mack The Knife * Rings Around Rabaul (from Victory at Sea) * Cuban Libre|
Selden entered the field as a marching and maneuvering corps in 1956. As their skills in the world of competitive drum corps developed in the fifties and sixties, the corps traveled throughout the East Coast and competed in the Penn-Jersey Circuit. They developed a reputation for two things: being "iron men" (never fainting after a performance), and always traveling in Elmer Fogity’s infamous yellow school buses.
The Cadets built a reputation for playing people-oriented music, with an emphasis on Spanish-accented jazz. Performing an off-the-line of “The Cisco Kid” to “La Palmo” to "Artistry in Rhythm” and “Poinciana," the corps won its share of competitions and was always a crowd favorite. The corps won the Penn-Jersey Championship in 1961 and finished ninth in the 1964 World Open in competition with the best drum corps in the country.
The corps was directed by George Caliguri, Joe Calisto, Robert Allen, and Tony Aloe, Sr. Joe Calisto, Bob Bunce, or Hy Drietzer wrote and taught musical arrangements. Joe Calisto, famous for his "come as soon as you hear me whistle," was also corps director and was a great mentor to all the members. Joe introduced, wrote, and taught many of the corps’ favorite tunes including “Mack the Knife," “West Point March,” and “You Belong to My Heart." His opening fanfare to “The Cisco Kid” with a solo by Frankie Buscemi was a fan favorite.
When Joe retired in 1961, Bob Bunce took over the hornline and continued the tradition of playing music that people could relate to. His arrangements were an important reason for advance into the top ten corps in the country and for the corps' popularity with the crowds. “Poinciana," “A Foggy Day in London Town," “Nightingale,” and “Mardi Gras” were but a few of his charts.
The marching and maneuvering portion of Selden’s shows was created by people like Bill Rudden, Ralph Shur, and Carman Cluna. Percussion was managed by Eric Perrilloux, the man responsible for most of the percussionists marching in senior corps in the New York area during the 1970s and '80s.
The Cadets' best results in national competiton were second place in the 1959 National Dream Contest, and ninth in the 1964 World Open. They also won a number of circuit championships.
Selden sent members on to many of the New York area senior corps, including the New York Skyliners and Long Island Sunrisers. The Cadets disbanded after the 1965 season.
The Selden Cadets alumni plan a reunion for the spring of 2004.
[Bud Perry; DCW, 10/03, p.3; DCW, 4/04, p/10]
Highest Score 80.170
Final show in DCX Archives September 13, 1957 American Legion Nationals Prelims Juniors Atlantic City NJ placed 13 with a score of 80.170
Highest Score 81.180
Final show in DCX Archives July 19, 1958 Pageant of Champions Bayonne NJ placed 6 with a score of 81.180
Highest Score 83.300
Final show in DCX Archives October 4, 1959 Baltimore MD placed 2 with a score of 82.400
Highest Score 82.250
Final show in DCX Archives August 31, 1960 The Dream Jersey City NJ placed 3 with a score of 80.900
Highest Score 85.340
Final show in DCX Archives October 1, 1961 Waterbury CT placed 4 with a score of 84.766
Highest Score 86.450
Final show in DCX Archives September 23, 1962 Newark NJ placed 3 with a score of 84.900
Highest Score 81.000
Final show in DCX Archives October 6, 1963 Penn-Jersey Championship Newark NJ
Highest Score 85.070
Final show in DCX Archives September 20, 1964 Music on the March Livingston NJ placed 3 with a score of 81.670
Highest Score 71.850
Final show in DCX Archives August 14, 1965 Stamford CT placed 4 with a score of 64.766