Coachmen


Other Names:Rapid City Express

Grand Rapids, MI United States
Founded: 1974

Inactive Junior
Division III
YearPositionScoreTheme/Songs
1977 Music from Around the World - March (from First Suite in E-Flat) * Besame Mucho * Foot on the Hill * Day By Day (from Godspell) * Softly As I Leave You * 1812 Overture  
1981 223 45.900 (Repertoire not available)  
1982 227 39.700 (Repertoire not available)  
1985 217 42.300 (Repertoire not available)  
1986 311 64.200 (Repertoire not available)  
1987 306 66.900 (Repertoire not available)  
1988 309 71.700 That Old Devil Moon * The Song of the Volga Boatmen * Symphony #50 in G Minor – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik * The Lord's Prayer  
1989 216 60.800 The Holiday Show - Love is a Many-Splendored Thing * Yankee Doodle Dandy * Stars and Stripes Forever * Night on Bald Mountain * Sleigh Ride * Auld Lang Syne  
1990 214 64.300 Pepe's Show - There Will Never Be Another You * There's No Business Like Show Business (from Annie, Get Your Gun) * My Way  
1991 Music of Harry Connick, Jr. - Drifting * It's All Right With Me * It Had To Be You  
1994 318 70.500 A League of Their Own - Life Goes On (from A League Of Their Own) * The Season (from A League Of Their Own) * In a Sentimental Mood (from A League Of Their Own) * The Final Game (from A League Of Their Own)  
1995 322 67.700 Special Ladies Do Great Jazz - Happy Days Are Here Again * Miss Otis Regrets * Orange Colored Sky * Deedles Blues  
1996 Urban American Landscapes - An Historic Perspective * New York City Rhythm * Deedles Blues * Amazing Grace * La Suerte de Los Tontos (from Cuban Fire Suite) * Epilogue and Hymn (from Country)  
1997 321 68.600 Music of the Stagecoach - Silverado * The Promise of Living (from Tender Land) * The Magnificent Seven  
1998 Civil War to Come - America the Brave * Courage... at the Wall of Fire! * The Fountainhead * Integrity's First Stand * Form and Function  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.

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Organized in 1974, The Coachmen from Grand Rapids, Michigan has grown to be one of the finest drum and bugle corps in the state.This years corps takes the field with 30 horns, 20 percussion, and 26 in the color guard. The average age of its members is 14. The corps' 1979 musical repertoire includes "Fanfare For The Common Man," "American Folk Spectacular," "Ellington Medley," a percussion feature, and "Send In The Clowns." Color Guard sargeant this year is Marcie Reames. The corps is directed and managed by Maurice Lillis and show coordinator is Dean Whitney. Instructional staff includes Bugles and Brass--Jim Neuchterlein and Greg Christensen; Percussion--Tom Skrobot and Jon Morehouse; Color Guard--Donnelle Baltrusaitis and Danny Barron; Drill Designer--John Legget; Special Consultant--Jack Misner. The corps is sponsored by the Parent Booster Club. Special consideration goes to the Catholic War Veterans Post #1500.
[From the 1979 US Open Program]
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The Coachmen were a junior drum and bugle corps from Grand Rapids, Michigan, who performed from 1976 to 1998. They changed their name to Rapid City Express in the 1991, 1992 season before going back to their original name.

[History from DrumCorpsWiki, submitted by
GrewvyG2@aol.com 12/22/09]

Members (26)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Beach, Eric Snare, Bass, Pit 1995 to 1998
Bemus, Mara drum major and baritone 1994 to 1998
Bemus, Tony Guard, Pit, Bass, Pit 1995 to 1998
Borgman, Scott Mellophone 1988 to 1995
Boshoven-Norton, Kelly Colorguard 1974 to 1981
Carpenter, Sarah Horn 1997 to 1998
DeAmbra, Caitlyn Pit 1988
Dockham, Caitlyn Pit 1988
Foley, Mark Brass - Baritone 1994
Hamacher, Era Guard/ Drum Major 1991 to 1993
Hardwick, Jeff Brass 1997 to 1998
Hasson, Michele Contra 1995 to 1998
Hess, Jason pitt 1992 to 1994
Hoyt, Thomas drumline 1990 to 1991
McBride, Jeffery Brass 1993 to 1994; 1996 to 1997
Rymer, Noah Brass 1998
Simas, Jason Pit 1990 to 1991
Skrobot, Bob Color Gaurd 1979 to 1984
Skrobot, Kathy Color Guard 1979 to 1983
Watson, Mike Mellophone 1995 to 1997
Weaver, Brian Mellophone 1976 to 1978
Werner, Nathan Euphonium 1994
West, Mark Hornline 1990 to 1991
akinyelure, olatutu color guard 1997
cole, angela color guard 1985
cole, angela pit 1986
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