27th Lancers

Revere, MA United States
Founded: 1967

Inactive Junior
YearPositionScoreTheme/Songs
1968 11 75.400 The Great Race March * Shenandoah * Man of La Mancha * Hall of the Mountain King (from Peer Gynt Suite #1) * Baby Elephant Walk * March Of The Grenadiers * The Impossible Dream (from Man of La Mancha)  
1969 Rawhide * Shenandoah * Scarborough Fair * Classical Gas * March Of The Grenadiers * Rule Britannia * Waltzing Matilda * The Impossible Dream (from Man of La Mancha) * Sunset  
1970 9 82.500 The Wee MacGregor * Rawhide * Classical Gas * Scarborough Fair  
1971 3 88.850 Irish Washerwoman (from Irish Suite) * Shenandoah * Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? * Beginnings * Rule Britannia * Waltzing Matilda * Danny Boy * Sunset  
1972 4 86.000 The Wee MacGregor * Declarations * A Foggy Day * Beginnings * Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? * Loch Lomond * Garry Owen * Danny Boy  
1973 7 79.400 Crown Imperial * Declarations (from Bread, Beans and Things) * African Suite * Rawhide * Shenandoah * Classical Gas * The Impossible Dream (from Man of La Mancha) * Mannin Veen  
1974 20 73.500 Wee McNorton * Crown Imperial * Thick as a Brick * Crimea * Pomp and Circumstance  
1975 4 88.050 Crown Imperial * Chameleon * Celebrate * Spectrum Novum (Fanfare Prelude: Oh How Shall I Receive Thee) * Danny Boy  
1976 5 85.000 Crown Imperial * We're Off to See the Wizard (from Wizard of Oz) * So You Want to See The Wizard (from The Wiz) * Jubilation * Fanfare Prelude (Oh How Shall I Receive Thee) * Sweet Georgia Brown * Danny Boy  
1977 4 87.450 Fanfare for Rocky * Gonna Fly Now (from Rocky) * Gaite Parisienne * Danny Boy  
1978 7 84.750 Carmen * Selections from Close Encounters of the Third Kind * I've Got the Music in Me * Miracles out of Nowhere * Celebrate * Gaite Parisienne  
1979 5 86.400 English Folk Song Suite * Open Wide * On the Twentieth Century * Take Five * Danny Boy  
1980 2 90.250 English Folk Song Suite * Open Wide * On the Twentieth Century * New Country * Danny Boy  
1981 4 91.900 Crown Imperial * New Country * Niner Two * The Greatest Love of All * Danny Boy  
1982 6 88.650 The Sea Hawk * Niner Two * Blue Rondo A La Turk * Gaite Parisienne * Danny Boy  
1983 10 79.650 The Orb and the Scepter * The Lost Lady Found (from Lincolnshire Posy) * Camelot Medley * Sea Songs * The Running Set * Danny Boy  
1984 11 85.600 Henry V * Eric's Theme (from Chariots of Fire) * Indian Lady * Ludwig * No Matter What Happens (from Yentl)  
1985 13 85.200 The Sea Hawk * When I First Saw You (from Dreamgirls) * And I Am Telling You I Am Not Going (from Dreamgirls) * Jaime and Mary * Ludwig * Irish Tune from County Derry  
1986 13 85.600 A Sondheim Suite - Move On (from Sunday in the Park with George) * Putting It Together (from Sunday in the Park with George) * Company * Have I Got A Girl For You (from Company) * Being Alive (from Company) * Not While I'm Around (from Sweeney Todd)  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.
The 27th Lancers was an Open Class (now World Class) competitive junior drum and bugle corps based in Revere, Massachusetts.

After the 1966 IC Reveries had staged a sit-down protest over their score at VFW Nationals, the corps became persona no grata with show sponsors and judges. The corps struggled through an unsatisfactory 1967 season, and the Immaculate Conception parish declared that the corps would be terminated rather than supported any longer.  

Corps director George Bonfiglio approached the members with the idea of starting a new independent unit with a whole new identity.  Formed in 1968,  the corps' name came from from the 1936 Errol Flynn movie, "The Charge of the Light Brigade," in which Flynn reports to his commanding officer that, "The 27th Lancers are here and ready for duty!"

The new corps began its public life with a bang by making finals at the 1968 VFW National Championship in itsirst year. After that, the Lancers would give the activity some of its most innovative and exciting drill and guard work. They were one of the first corps to perform asymmetrical drill.

The 2-7 performed at the opening and closing of the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics. Their performances presented drum corps to perhaps 180,000,000 viewers worldwide, almost certainly the record for drum corps audiences at the time. The corps performed on television several other times, including the Mike Douglas Show and a WGBH PBS special about the corps. 

They were one of the major touring corps, traveling it to the West Coast in 1975 and 1976.

1971 was the Lancers' best pre-DCI year, when they won World Open and the Danny Thomas Invitational and placed fourth at VFW, winning high GE. 

In DCI competition, the corps placed in the Top 12 in 12 of its 15 years of competition (in 1974 the corps dropped to 20th, before rebounding in 1975 to fourth). The Lancers' second-place finish in 1980, performing a repertoire of "English Folk Song Suite" and "Danny Boy," was their highest.

The 27th's uniforms were distinctive, featuring khakis, Aussie hats, and many other British regimental-type uniforms that varied over the life of the corps. The uniform alone gave 27th a unique identity.

After placing 13th and missing DCI Finals in 1985, the corps borrowed and spent in an effort to regain its finalist status, but succeeded only in going further and further into debt. After again placing 13th in 1986, the corps folded, overburdened with debt and bankrupt. 

 At the 1994 DCI Championships in Boston, the 27th Lancers came back in a big way when an alumni corps of almost 300 members put on a special exhibition.


[Michael Merrett; rec.arts.marching.drumcorps 9/21/94; Competitive Drum Corps, Popp, p. 11; Drum Corps World multiple issues; A History of Drum & Bugle Corps, Steve Vickers, ed.]

Members (75)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Alexander, Stephanie mellophone 1984 to 1986
Bateman, Freddie Cymbals 1983
Bateman, Freddie Baritone 1984 to 1985
Benson, Craig Snare 1978
Boden, Kenneth Soprano 1983
Boland, Dave Contra Base 1976
Bridges, Gary percussion 1979 to 1980
Burgess, Cathie color guard 1984 to 1985
Butcher, Markus Baritone 1985 to 1986
CLARK, MAURICE SNARE LINE 1980
Caissie, Brian Lead Sop 1978 to 1979
Caissie, Brian Instructor 1980 to 1981
Caissie, Brian Lead Soprano 1994 to 1995
Campbell, Chris Snare 1983
Carnes, Bill Tenors (Quads) 1983 to 1986
Chisholm, Kenneth Admin. Staff 1968 to 1972
Christofferson, Jeri Colorguard 1983
Cohan, Rick Brass 1986
Colon, Brian Baritone 1986
Dolan, Tim Euphonium 1979
Dorgan, Steve Baritone 1970 to 1971
Dorgan, Steve Brass Staff 1972 to 1973
EASTHAM, DAVID BRASS 1982
Ellenbacher, Michael Euphonium 1981
Foradori, Rosanne Soprano 1979
Gall, Stephen Guard/Rifle 1986
Glaze, Rob Contra 1986
Gonya, Douglas Hornline, Soprano 1985 to 1986
Hamilton, David Contra 1986
Harris, Kevin Rudimental Bass 1974 to 1977
Jacques, Eddie Drumline/ Chimes 1975 to 1976
Jacques, Eddie Percussion 1975 to 1976
Kamm, michael baritone 1978
Keck, David Lead sop 1986
Kernen, Kevin Mellophone 1978 to 1982
Keys, Corkie Color Guard Instructor 1985
Knisely, Deb contra 1985
Langlois, Lynne Mallet Line 1980 to 1982
Leopold, Steve Mellophone 1983
Louden, Roger Contra 1978
Loving, Glenn Contra Bass 1983
Loving, Glenn Contra Bass 1983
Maigar, Roxanne Colorguard 1982 to 1983
Massey, Doug Drum section 1971 to 1972
Massey, Doug Drumline 1971 to 1972
Matchen, Irving French Horn 1976
McBurney, David Contra 1979
McBurney, David Baritone 1994
McGookey, Brian Lead Soprano 1979
McGovern, Tom Lead Soprano 1978 to 1979
McMillan, Mic soprano 1985 to 1986
Mullan, Michael Contrs Bass 1969 to 1971
O'Keefe, Paul Alto Soprano 1980 to 1981
O'Keefe, Paul Staff 1983
Ollier, Dan contras 1985 to 1986
Owens, Brett Euph. 1984
Parker, Tyrone timpani 1976
Parker, Tyrone snare 1978 to 1982
Parker, Tyrone timpani 1976
Parker, Tyrone snare 1978 to 1982
Perry, Chris Percussion 1978 to 1982; 1994
Pierce, Bobby Contra Bass 1974 to 1976
Pope, Wendy soprano 1986
Pope, Wendy Soprano 1 1986
Shanley, Kevin Drum Line (Snare) 1973
Soares, Tony Hornline 1986
Solombrino, Stephen soprano 1976
Sullivan, Bill Contrabass 1969 to 1972
Taylor (Griffin), Janice Color Guard 1984 to 1995
Wetherill, Peter Baritone 1979 to 1980
Williams, Dale French Horn 1993 to 1994
Winchester, Edward Baritone 1973
johnson, greg(bobby) percussion 1969 to 1972
kamm, michael Lead Baritone 1978
ruprecht, john Space Line 1980 to 1981

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27th Lancers from the Bill Ives Collection
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27th Lancers Shirt from the Bill Ives Collection
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1971 27th Lancers Drum & Bugle Corps @ VFW Nationals Dallas from the Roy Perez Collection
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1969 27th lancers Drum & Bugle Corps @ VFW Nationals Prelims-Philadelphia from the Roy Perez Collection
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140-145, 27th Lancers from the Steve Vickers Collection
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