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St Raphaels started 1961 with an all new management and instructional staff.  The winter previous had seen the departure of the Director, and all the instructors from the season of 1960.  Jack Sullivan, Fred Cartwright and Joe Gaudet, all alumni of the Connecticut Yankees and Bridgeport Troopers senior corps were now the "team", led by Warren MacDonald, the new corps Director.

Music for 1961 would include "Start of Something Big", "Pomp & Circumstance March", Hey "Beyond the Sea" and "Misty" all arranged by Fred Cartwright, with the drum charts written and taught by Joe Gaudett.  The drill was written and taught by Jack Sullivan, with the color guard taught  by Jack Bracken, also an alumni of the Yankees.

The corps membership had also suffered.  As a result of the change in management over half the playing members had quit, following the old director to the new Fire Department drum corps he had started, or joining the Hurricanes.  The only section in the entire corps not to suffer a 'defection' was the color guard.  St Raphaels Buccaneers entered the "Season of 1961" with a hornline of 27, a "battery" of nine , 16 girls in the guard, and Charles Gallant as drum major



June 17 , 1961  Bristol, CT   8 July 1961 Wilmington DE 8 Aug_1961 Patterson, NJ


Patterson, NJ



1.  82.4    St. Raphael's                   1.  80.30  St Raphaels Buccaneers 1. 84.611   St. Raphael's           
2.  76.01  St. Rocco's                     2.  79.42  Our Lady Of Lourdes 2. 82.95     Blue Rock                 
3.  72.11  New Britain Gren.           3.  76.86  St Catherines Marionettes 3. 80.777   Dumont Cadets         
4.  72.08  Fletcher Raiders             4.  75.72  Dumont Police Cadets 4. 8.566     Kingsmen               
5.  64.61  Leicester                         5.  70.40  Bronx Kingsmen 5. 77.85     Grenadiers               
6.  63.5    Bristol Kingsmen   6.  46.83  Barringer Walker Cadets 6. 74.977   St. Cath.Marianettes.       


7. 63.005   Barringer Walker







 
The Championship of the Yankee Circuit was held in West hartford Ct, the day after the Buccaneers returned from Florida's VFW Nationals.  The afternoon show was HOT, with temperatures breaking the ninety degree mark by early afternoon.  The Gatesmen of South Boston were declared Champion in "Class A", closely followed by the Bridgeport PAL Cadets & St. Raphael's Buccaneers.  This show was the only time in 1961 that the two Bridgeport rivals met on the same contest field.

         
                                                                       
August 27, 1961   W. Hartford, CT
Yankee Championship
1. 85.7       Gatesmen                
2. 85.216    PAL-Bridgeport      
3. 84.75      St. Raphael's          
4. 83.383    St. Rocco's              
5. 83.033    Fletcher Raiders      
6. 79.616    New Britain Gren.  
7. 71.316    Manhattanaires      
8. 70.8        Leicester                  
 9. 60.933    Worcester Crusaders


                                                                                      

August 23, 1961   Miami, FL VFW Nationals Prelims




1.  89.75    Cavaliers                    

2.  88.45    St. Kevin's                  

3.  88.05    Royal Airs                  

4.  87.8      Garfield                      

5.  87.65    Blessed Sacrament    

6.  85.3      Black Knights            

7.  85.1      Cambridge Cabs        

8.  85.1      Madison                    

9.  83.8      Majestic Knights        

10. 82.8     St. Vincent's              

11. 82.25    Skokie Vanguard      

12. 81.85    Racine Kilties       

13. 80.15    Vasella                      

14. 78.7      Miami Vanguard          

15. 77.7      Blue Rock                  

16. 77.45    St. Raphael's            

17. 77.05    Presidents                

18.  76.3     Haddon Hts. Vags    

19.  76        St. Patrick's-NJ        

20.  72.6      Lionettes                  

21.  70.8      St. Nicholas Girls      

22.  70.55    New Britain Gren.      

23.  67.8      Southernaires            

24.  62.3      Jacksonville Bucs      

25.  59.2      Flamingos  
                                         





 October 2, 1961 Jainaica,  NY
 Randalls Island, NY
Greater New York Championship
1.  83.28  Our Lady of Lourdes Cadets


2.  82.19  St Raphaels
1.   82.333   Our Lady/Lourdes      
3.  76.51  Blue Rock
2.   80.972    St. Raphael's              
4.  75.98  Irwin Kingsmen
3.   77.532    Blue Rock                  
5.  75.11  Dumont Police Cadets
4.   75.261    Dumont Cadets          
6.  71.97  New Britian Grenidiers
5.   74.761    Kingsmen                  
6.  58.83  Barringer Walker Cadets
6.   73.35      St. Cath. Marian.        
    
7.   70.311    Grenadiers                

8.   64.861    Smithtown Freelancers        

9.   51.577    Barringer Walker    



 

 
 



                                            
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