Louisiana Southernaires

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Louisiana Southernaires
1981 - 1983

The Louisiana Southemaires were formed on April 15,1981. They are the pride of the state and have earned this because of their outstanding accomplishments during their first competitive season.

The Southemaires started the season with a tour into the mid-west, placing second in most of the smaller contests. This was much more than the instructional staff expected since they had only rehearsed for a couple of months.

The next tour was on the Drum Corps South circuit of which the Southemaires are charter members, and they completed this tour in Lafayette, Louisiana at DSC Championships. An "A" Class corps, they competed against several "open" class corps and came in 4th, showing that they were getting stronger and better with each passing contest.

Their show featured a New Orleans "jazz" repertoire which was most pleasing to the spectators and judges with a small but strong horn line and several good soloists. The drums and color guard were equally good and solid.

The longest tour of the season found the corps leaving on the 24th of July to head north. They competed in the Class "A" U.S. Opens, placing 2nd and in the American Internationals another 2nd. Then, on to the Class A World Open in Lynn, Mass. where they "got it together" and won the Championship. A few more days of drill and on to Montreal where they picked up the title of "The Cinderella Corps". In just a four month period, they won the Class "A" D.C.I. World Championship. Yes, they have truly won the respect and admiration of their state and, we hope the drum corps world.

The Louisiana Southemaires was the only corps in the State of Louisiana during 1981 - 1983. Membership was from the greater New Orleans area (Arabi, Metairie, Kenner) Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Slidell and Thibodaux, Louisiana and even a couple from the great state of Texas (San Antonio). Membership was open to all.

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