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
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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