Bengal Lancers

Trumbull, CT United States
Founded: 1974

Inactive Junior

CORPS Photos

The Bengal Lancers were originally formed in 1974 as the Lancers of Trumbull (Connecticut); they became the Bengal Lancers in 1975.

The corps’ instructors all hailed from the Brassmen of New York: Director Alex Casella Sr., horn instructor High Dryser, drum instructors Jim Drost and John Otto, and M&M instructor Teddy Swarsenberg

Although the Lancers took the field in 1975, they were not yet very strong. By the next year, however, they had matured to the point that they were able to claim the World Open Class A Championships in Lynn, Massachusetts. As a result nearly all the membership returned in 1977.

In 1977 the Bengal Lancers became the first corps to win Class A one year and then compete in the Open Class finals the next year, where they finished a creditable eighth.

That same year, the Bengal's opener featured one bugler who played "Charge!," then collapsed flat on the field for the rest of the show, other corps members stepping over him. The bugler's bit was so convincing that a real ambulance rushed to his aid during one show, only to be convinced that the young man's horizontal posture was part of the act.

Membership declined after the Lancers’ Open Class season, and scores declined as well. When the Lancers disbanded, they may have been the last junior corps in the state of Connecticut.

[Jeffrey A. Amoroso; DCW, 2/04, p.3]

Members (15)

Member Name Section Years Involved
1977, 1977 Solo Saprano 1977
Amoroso, Jeffrey Drum Line 1974 to 1976
Carriero, Chris Baritone 1978
cascella, alex cymbals brass color gaurd drum major 1974 to 1978
Chatlos, Rhonda Mid-Range 1978 to 1980
Jenkins, Margaret contra bass 1974 to 1977
McClinch , Kathy soprano 1975 to 1980
Michaud, Holly Cymbols 1974 to 1980
Peck, Cathy trumpet/french horn 1974 to 1977
racz, cornell solo saprano 1974 to 1977
rondyke, mark baritone 1979 to 1981
rondyke, mark baritone 1976
Ryan, Dennis Drumline 1977 to 1978
Spigarolo, Elliott Brass 1975 to 1978
Tvardzik, Tom Drum Line 1975 to 1978
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