Annunciators


Other Names:St. Mary's Annunciators

Cambridge/Somerville, MA United States

Inactive Junior

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This corps was the result of a merger between St. Mary's Annunciators of Cambridge MA and the Somerville Cadets of Somerville MA. 1972 might be the only year that they competed in Class B in the Mayflower Circuit, and the Emass Circuit. The corps did not last long.

Of the components of the merger St Mary's Annunciators had a long and interesting history. Formed in 1954 they competed in the Boston CYO Circuit, and the Emass circuit. They wore satin shirts with shakos and plumes. The corps colors were red, white and black. In 1956 they adopted a new uniform and theme. The uniforms were virtually identical to the Hawthorne Cablalleros, and the theme was Spanish.

The corps director was Dick Keough, the Staff included Al Saia on brass, Don Benedict on percussion and Jack Whelan on drill. The move proved successful as they won the circuit Class B championship. As a result of the look and the music people began to call them the Cambridge Caballeros. The corps adopted as an unofficial nickname.

The parish recieved a new priest who was very interested in drum corps, Father John Crowley. Father Crowley was a micro-managing type who had managed to alienate all the lay people and instructors at every parish to which he was a assigned. He had a well earned reputation as a "Corps Wrecker". And yet the Church kept assigning him to parishes that had marching units. This wasn't the first, and it was far from the last.

Within a few weeks of his arrival he fired the managerial staff of the corps and took over those positions for himself. At that point the instruction staff resigned. A promising young corps was in serious trouble.

Dick Keough decided to keep the corps going as a non-church corps. The lay staff joined him, as did the vast majority of the kids, and the instructors. The new corps was named the Cambridge Caballeros, and became one of the finest units ever to come out of the Boston area.

Under Jack Whelan the corps color guard won the National Championship. The corps made the VFW Finals in 1961, finishing 4th, and again in 1962, finishing 8th.

After 1962 the core group that had been there through it all, aged out simultaneously and the corps disbanded.

Meanwhile, back at St. Marys, Father Crowley promoted the Annunciators feeder corps to take over as the Annunciators. They continued as a Class B unit until the merger with the Somerville Cadets and ceased Church affiliation.

Submitted by Gil Norton

Members (13)

Member Name Section Years Involved
ardizzoni, chuck Horns 1963 to 1967
cisco, al drum instructor 1974 to 1979
Doneski, Frank Corps Manager 1960 to 1966
Doneski, Michael First Baritone 1959 to 1966
Gould, Lee Bugle 1956 to 1959
Hewitt (Wooldridge), Deborah Horn & Drum Lines 1970 to 1976
lucas, robert first soprano 1960 to 1966
Martin, Cathy Pistol, Sabre, Rifle, Captain 1966 to 1970
Martin, Cathy Drum Major 1971 to 1973
Martin, Paul soprano/french horn/flugelhorn 1967 to 1973
OLaughlin, David soprano 1958 to 1966
Polleys, Rich Baritone 1977
Wong, Michael Baritone 1971 to 1974
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