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The unofficial birthdate of the 27th Lancers is September 26, 1967.  It was on that autumn evening that former members of the recently disbanded I.C. Reveries gathered at the Bonfiglio home to discuss the prospect of forming another drum corps. The name 27th Lancers was taken from the film "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (starring Errol Flynn) and like the British Regiment in the film, the corps was to struggle against immense odds. And so the first public appearance of the 27th Lancers was October 12, 1967 in the Revere Columbus Day Parade.  With borrowed equipment and uniforms these original members were the beginning of many successful corps to come.


 It was the first season of the corps, and it was successful. They won their first show, "Preview of the Junior Champions" in Bridgeport, Connecticut; took top brass at their second show; and went on to make finals at the VFW Nationals in Detroit, Michigan. The 27th Lancers were only beginning to make their presence known.


The East Coast was beginning to recognize the powerful horn line, impressive drum line and innovative colorguard of the corps. Missing the VFW Nationals by a mere .05, the corps bounced back to take second place at the C.Y.O. Nationals and became the Eastern Massachusetts Jr. Drum and Bugle Corps Association Champions.


The 1970 27th Lancers began to broaden their horizons by going independent of their local circuit and competing head to head with the nation's best drum corps. They developed a unique style and flowing visual show that held much more for the future. The corps became the Mission Drum Pageant Champions.


The drum corps not only won the hearts of many fans, but also won the Shriners International in Toronto, The World Open, The Danny Thomas, and National Dream titles.  This group of determined individuals showed the drum corps world their capacity for rebounding from a diversity and doing both emotional and well executed performances.


The 27th Lancers dominated the East Coast.  They went on to win ten competitions in a row and their second Shriners title.  The end of the season became the first of many East-West showdowns.  The Lancers were runner-up to the strong Anaheim Kingsmen, but fought tooth and nail to the finish.


The corps once again dominated the Eastern drum corps scene.  Although they did not score as well as they might have wished, they continued to be one of the most tasteful units, with an exciting horn line and percussion section and a colorguard which complimented the drill very well.


1974 was to mark the end of the first era for the 27th Lancers.  Many of the original members of the corps were now too old to march, and the corps went through a rebuilding stage.  Many thought the Lancers would not be able to survive this transition.  We certainly proved them wrong.


What more can be said about a corps that skyrocketed from 20th place to 4th place in DCI finals.  The corps also picked up the DCI Eastern and Western Regionals along the way.  The innovative drill, improved drum and brass section along with a national champion colorguard all contributed to this amazing come back.


Daring, innovative, exciting, and entertaining describe the 1976 27th Lancers.  Execution captions did suffer, but the corps refused to knuckle under and change "their" show.  Once again they won the hearts of many fans coast to coast and remained as one of the top five corps in the country.


1977, the corps tenth anniversary - a year most associated with the awesome performance and victory at the C.Y.O. Nationals.  Once again 27th was innovaative and competitve as well as having one of the nation's best color guards.  It was another strong season for the corps taking 5th in Denver.


The corps was comprised of a determined group of individuals.  They were always striving and refused to let down.  This attitude was reflected in constantly improved placement from prelim to finals show as in the U.S. Open, DCI Finals and a first place finish at the American International Championships in Butler.


Altoona, PA, the first show on tour, the equipment truck is nowhere to be found.  We rehearsed on an open field not knowing what is straight or front and sang throughout the show.  Not even into concert we were pushed back some ten feet by the sound of Spirit of Atlanta's horn line, which was practicing at the same school.  Time for dinner, it's bologna for the first 30 people in line (mostly staff) and peanut butter and jelly for the rest of us.  Spirit also broke for dinner (their steak was too rare).  Show time, and an all time low for the corps....55.05.  It was from that point on that both staff and members followed Lancer tradition and never let down until that final note in Danny Boy at Nationals.  The hard work paid off with a final score of 87.5 and a 5th place finish in Birmingham.  The corps also brought home another National Championship Color Guard award and plans for a stronger corps in 1980.

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