St. Kevin's Emerald Knights

Dorchester, MA United States
Founded: 1928

Inactive Junior
YearPositionScoreTheme/Songs
1957 Pagliacci * Voice of the Guns (from Lawrence of Arabia) * Columbia the Gem of the Ocean * French National Defile * Drums along the Mohawk * Take the 'A' Train * Paul Whiteman Theme Song * Banana Boat Song * Sleep  
1958 4 85.625 Columbia the Gem of the Ocean * Pagliacci * Whiffenpoof Song * The Song of the Volga Boatmen * Take the 'A' Train * 'S Wonderful  
1959 French National Defile * March of the Toys (from Babes in Toyland) * Pagliacci * Caravan  
1960 3 87.950 The World Outside (Warsaw Concerto) * To The End Of The Earth * Dancing In The Dark * Knights On The March * The Phantom Regiment * Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (from On Your Toes) * Ben Hur * This Nearly Was Mine (from South Pacific) * You'd Be So Easy To Love * All the Things You Are  
1961 6 84.400 Exodus * Dancing In The Dark * Cha-Cha After Six * The Phantom Regiment * Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (from On Your Toes) * Ben Hur * This Nearly Was Mine (from South Pacific) * The Apartment  
1962 5 82.500 Voice Of The Guns * This Nearly Was Mine (from South Pacific) * Dancing In The Dark * Cha-Cha After Six * Ben Hur * Theme from El Cid * Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (from On Your Toes) * Charmaine * There Goes My Heart  
1963 Voice Of The Guns * This Nearly Was Mine (from South Pacific) * Stars and Stripes Forever * South Rampart Street Parade * Charmaine * Cha-Cha After Six * There Goes My Heart  
1964 5 82.500 Voice of the Guns * This Nearly Was Mine (from South Pacific) * Stars and Stripes Forever * South Rampart Street Parade * Charmaine * Frenesi * You'd Be So Easy To Love  
1965 11 77.100 Stars and Stripes Forever * The Sea Hawk * Columbia the Gem of the Ocean * South Rampart Street Parade * Cha-Cha After Six * Frenesi * You'd Be So Easy To Love * All the Things You Are  
1966 10 79.700 The Billboard March * The Sea Hawk * Columbia the Gem of the Ocean * Cha-Cha After Six * Strangers in the Night  
1967 The Billboard March * America * Strangers in the Night  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.

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