Blue Rock

Wilmington, DE United States
Founded: 1959

Inactive Junior
YearPositionScoreTheme/Songs
1964 27 72.850 The Phantom Regiment * The Lonely Bull * The Longest Day * That's All * New Sun In the Sky * Theme from Lawrence of Arabia * On Green Dolphin Street * Where Or When (from Babes In Arms)  
1965 Meadowland * Baby Elephant Walk * He's My Friend (from The Unsinkable Molly Brown) * The Phantom Regiment * Land Of Milk And Honey * Black Orpheus * Melancholy Serenade * Matador * Goldfinger * Where Or When (from Babes In Arms)  
1966 Marche Conquistador * Tramp, Tramp, Tramp * Black Orpheus * Basin Street Blues * Miserlou  
1967 7 77.800 Fanfare for the Common Man * I Ain't Down Yet (from The Unsinkable Molly Brown) * Tramp, Tramp, Tramp * Born Free * Battle Hymn of the Republic * Tuxedo Junction * Miserlou * Baby Elephant Walk * It Was a Very Good Year  
1968 7 80.400 Fanfare 68 * I Ain't Down Yet (from The Unsinkable Molly Brown) * Tramp, Tramp, Tramp * Born Free * Battle Hymn of the Republic * Tuxedo Junction * Baby Elephant Walk * It Was a Very Good Year  
1969 8 81.100 Lincoln Portrait * Jubilation T Cornpone (from Li'l Abner) * Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor * Spinning Wheel * Blues Part 2 * Ghost Riders in the Sky * Quiet Village * Baby Elephant Walk * Requiem for the Masses  
1970 11 81.400 Also Spracht Zarathustra (from 2001: A Space Odyssey) * Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines * Air Force Hymn * Snoopy vs. the Red Baron * Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor * Lincoln Portrait * Spinning Wheel * Smiling Phases * Quiet Village * Baby Elephant Walk * Requiem for the Masses  
1971 4 88.200 Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor * Lincoln Portrait * American Salute * Quiet Village * Rain Chant * Baby Elephant Walk * Midnight Cowboy * Everybody's Talkin' * Turkey in the Straw * Camptown Races * Requiem for the Masses  
1972 American Salute * Quiet Village * Baby Elephant Walk * Midnight Cowboy * Buckaroo Cowboy * Turkey in the Straw * Camptown Races * Marche Slav  
1973 22 68.050 Marche Slav * Overture From Tommy * Dos Malos * Greensleeves * When Johnny Comes Marching Home  
1974 16 75.900 Rodeo * Appalachian Spring * Variations on a Theme by Erik Satie * And When I Die * Spinning Wheel * Lucretia McEvil * You've Made me So Very Happy * Sometimes in Winter * Birds of Fire * Watermelon Man * Baby Elephant Walk * Firebird Suite  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.

CORPS Photos

Blue Rock of Wilmington, Delaware, was formed in 1959. They were sponsored by the Blue Rock VFW Post 7598, and the Walker Dyer American Legion Post 181 of Penns Grove, New Jersey.

Among the corps' titles were the Delaware State VFW Champions 1959-61, Canadian Open Champion 1962, and New Jersey Elks Championship 1963. In their black and gold uniforms (with not a trace of blue), they also sponsored the Music Festival annually in July.

Coming into their entrance into DCI, Blue Rock had been a VFW finalist since 1967, placing as high as third in 1971, a placement that included the high drum trophy. They were also the first U.S. Open Champions in 1968 and won that title again in 1971; the CYO Nationals was also their the same year. The corps gave drum corps many great classics, perhaps the most popular being "Baby Elephant Walk" (with Chuck Quakenbush's contra scream at the end). They also showcased one of the best drum majors of all time in Vicki Drummond.

The corp had the distinction of boasting three feeder corps in 1968.

Blue Rock did not attend the first DCI in 1972, but did go in 1973 and 1974. After all three busses died on tour in 1974, leaving the corps stranded in Anaheim, California, the corps had to fly home and the expense bankrupted them. Thereafter the corps went senior and competed in DCA in 1975, finishing 18th.

[DCW, 4/03, p.3; DCW, 6/17/88, p. 2, inter alia]

Members (21)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Bart Bartholomew, Charles Soprano 1966 to 1971
Batten, Michael Soprano 1960 to 1969
Bonacquisti, Mary Color Guard 1971 to 1975
Cable, Michael Drum Line 1972 to 1973
Carr, Barbara BJ Color guard 1971 to 1973
Cellucci, Thomas Soprano 1971 to 1975
Cossetti, Jim Staff 1969 to 1975
Cossetti, Jim Staff/Brass 1969 to 1973
Cossetti, Jim staff 1968 to 1972
Danner, Maggie Color Guard 1965
Flynn, Joe (Gerry) Bariton 1966 to 1974
Haas, Mike (Gip) Mellophone 1971 to 1972
Jenkins, Ef soprano 1973 to 1975
jenkins, nancy Color guard 1964 to 1967
Kelly, Pat mellophone 1971
Long, Bill Soprano 1963 to 1968
Nelson, Fred Soprano 1973
Patterson, Janet Color Guard 1968 to 1972
Phifer, Dolores (Cobb) color guard 1971 to 1974
Quackenbush, Chuck Contra 1960 to 1971
Rasmussen, Bill Mellpphone 1970 to 1972

CORPS 18 items

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Blue Rock Bumper Sticker from the Bill Ives Collection
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Blue Rock - Ken from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Phyllis Vanieken-Ryals
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Blue Rock - Ken from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Phyllis Vanieken-Ryals
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Blue Rock Jacket from the Bill Ives Collection
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Blue Rock Jacket from the Bill Ives Collection
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Blue Rock Jacket from the Bill Ives Collection
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Blue Rock Shako from the Bill Ives Collection
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Blue Rock Shako from the Bill Ives Collection
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Blue Rock Shako from the Bill Ives Collection
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Blue Rock Uniform 1963 from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Bob McLaughlin
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Blue Rock Uniform 1963 from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Bob McLaughlin
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Blue Rock Uniform 1963 from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Bob McLaughlin
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Blue Rock Vanguard Uniform 1962 from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Jim Cossetti
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Blue Rock Satin Uniform 1962 from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Jim Cossetti
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1971 Blue Rock @ VFW Prelims-Dallas Tx. from the Roy Perez Collection
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1971 Blue Rock "Quiet Village-Baby Elephant Walk" from the Roy Perez Collection
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1969 Blue Rock @ VFW Prelims Philadelphia from the Roy Perez Collection
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178-181, Blue Rock from the Steve Vickers Collection

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