Muchachos Sr

Manchester, NH United States
Founded: 1996

Active Alumni

CORPS Photos

Back in the sixties, a man by the name of Gerry Dionne convinced the Manchester, NH Boys Club Director Norm Penner that a drum & bugle corps would be a worthwhile activity for the boys at the Manchester Boys Club. On January 17, 1960, the Manchester Boys Club Drum & Bugle Corps was formed. With borrowed horns and drums, the corps made 10 appearances that first year and even won their first trophy a Rochester, NH parade. In 1963, The corps made changes, including a new name. The Muchachos Jr. Drum & Bugle Corps made its debut in the Manchester, NH and Exeter, NH Memorial Day Parades. The Muchachos, which means "little ones" in Spanish, performed at many events including the Worlds Fair in New York in 1964 and Canada's Centennial in 1967. They also represented New Hampshire in Washington, DC in 1976 for the Bicentennial celebration. Numerous awards decorated the walls and trophy cases at the Manchester Boys Club.
In 1986, due to increasing operating costs and lack of interest, the Muchachos went inactive.

When the City of Manchester was getting ready to celebrate it's 150th birthday, the rumblings began about possibly forming an alumni corps to perform "just one more time" down Elm Street. As in the beginning, equipment was borrowed. rehearsals were scheduled at the "club", and in September, 1996 the Muchachos Alumni Corps stepped onto Elm Street for the opening of Riverfest '96. A performance at the city charter rededication ceremony and the Secquicentenial parade followed later that month. The events were so successful that members wanted to keep it going. The corps reformed as the Muchachos Sr. Drum & Bugle corps in November , 1996.

Unlike a lot of drum & bugle corps, we try to keep a moderate schedule, performing in only 10 to 15 parades and/or exhibitions a year. Rehearsals, which are held at the Boys & Girls Club at 555 Union St. in Manchester, NH. (check the schedule page for rehearsal info) are kept light but productive. We have members as young as 13 * and as old as 85.The Brass and Percussion sections have music reading lesson programs from beginner to more advanced,so that we can continue to help the Muchachos grow and advance. In 2007 the Muchachos became a DCI Atlantic affiliate corps. This allows the corps to perform DCI events. The corps recently finished a successful 2007 season which included 2 exhibitions at DCI events in NH,one being a DCI show hosted by the Muchachos. If you don't want to play music, maybe our color guard will suit you. So, if you are interested in joining The Muchachos, please contact us, or just come to one of our rehearsals and see for yourself. You find the corps at....

[submitted by Todd Breen - September 2007]

Members (8)

Member Name Section Years Involved
bermudez, john contra bass 1999 to 2002
Breen, Todd snare(2000-2001) percussion staff (2006-present) 2000
Halle, Steven Horn line 1971 to 1975
Mitchell, Cheryl staff 2003 to 2004
Mitchell, Cheryl drum line 2005
Veale, Keith Snare 2010
Veale, Keith Bass 2011
Veale, Keith Snare - Percussion Section Leader 2012 to 2014
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