Other Names:Our Lady of Good Counsel Cadets; OLGC Woodsiders

Newark, NJ United States
Founded: 1953

Inactive Junior
Formed in 1956, The Woodsiders had their start as the Good Counsel Cadets in the late 1940's ; a activity of Our Lady of Good Counsel parish in North Newark, N.J.. When the corps entered marching competition in 1954 it adopted the name WOODSIDERS, since the church, school was on Woodside Avenue in the Woodside section of Newark. For a while the corps was the official band for Good Counsel High School.

At the end of the 1956 season the corps lost the sponsorship of Good Counsel Church ;selling the corps uniforms and drums to Our Lady of the Valley H.S. in Orange,N.J..since both schools had the same colors of blue,gold and white. (similar to what would happen to the Holy Name Cadets two years later ).

The corps reorganized and incorporated as the North Newark Woodsiders in 1957. The corps disbanded in 1965 due to the military draft. However the corps remained active. After the Newark Riots of 1967 and 1969 the corps moved across the Passaic River to Harrison, N.J. until it finally left the drum corps and color guard since in late 1970's.

Awards included the 1963 Eastern States Championship, 1963 New Jersey State Jaycees Championship, and 1962 host corps for the Dream Contest.

Television personalty Kathy Lee Gifford is said to have marched with the Woodsiders at one time (though according to Ron Da Silva that is not true). Another distinguished alumnus is Ron Da Silva, well-known drum corps photographer.

The corps was active through at least 1974. The WOODSIDERS are planning a reunion at the 2013 ELK'S Convention in Wildwood,N.J.

[Encyclopedia of Drum and Bugle Corps, 1966; rec.arts.marching.drumcorps 4/11/2000;; DCW, 5/04, p.30; Ron Da Silva August 2012]

Members (13)

Member Name Section Years Involved
(Mann) Bailey, Sue Flag 1967 to 1970
Amorim, Michael solo soprano 1964 to 1965
Brobst, Ed Snare Line 1965 to 1971
Carswell, Terry Drum Line (bass) 1964 to 1965
Desendorf, Donna L. Color Guard 1967 to 1973
Frasier, Walt Baritone 1962
Garcia, Vija Color Guard 1969 to 1970
Kain, Greg baritone 1969 to 1975
Marshman, Bob Marshman Perc 1968 to 1974
Marshman, Scott Horn Line 1973 to 1976
Russell, Mary Jo Color Guard 1960 to 1962
starr, george sop 1969 to 1973
watters, james soprano 1968 to 1970

CORPS 7 items


Woodsiders Pennant from the Bill Ives Collection

Woodsiders from the Bill Ives Collection

Woodsiders,Newark,NJ,FL1-RedCorpsFlag(Site)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection

Woodsiders,Newark,NJ,Patch1(Site)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection

Woodsiders,Newark,NJ,Pin1-R&WStripes(GBA)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection

Woodsiders,Newark,NJ,Pin2-RedOctagon(BIV-3.0)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection

Woodsiders,Newark,NJ,PN1-White&Red(BIV)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection