Did you know that the Emerald Marquis had their own building from Sept. 1990 -
January 1993. The building was donated to the guard while the owner tried to sell
Did you know that the 2000 guard has a total of 10 members who commute from
CT, NY, NJ, and PA.
Did you know that the Emerald Marquis competed in 14 different states during their
Did you know that staff member Denise Bonfiglio taught the color guard
of both the Cadets and the Star of Indiana in 1993. The 2 corps finished 1st and
2nd that year at the DCI world championships, one tenth apart.
Did you know that the 2000 designer Jeff Sacktig played soprano bugle while
marching in the Garfield Cadets. He replaces Jon Vanderkolff, staff member
93-99, who also played soprano in the Garfield Cadets. The ironic part is they
marched together in 1986 & 1987.
Did you know that Emerald Marquis flag instructor Peggy Twiggy was
the inventor of "Peggy Spins". Peggy developed this spin which is used by
the majority of color guards and drum corps during the 70's, and first
taught it to the 27th Lancers. Peggy later taught it to the Garfield Cadets
in the 80's when she was teaching there.
Did you know that 2000 Emerald Marquis member Rob Overvliet judged for WGI
for 3 seasons before deciding to march after the recent rule change.
Did you know that in 1982, while attending their first WGI, the Emerald
Marquis stayed at the corps hall of the Memphis Blues Brass Band Drum &
Bugle Corps. This was done to save money as the guard went to Tennessee 3
days early to practice. Director Dale Powers had written the drill for the
corps the previous summer.
Did you know that the 2000 Emerald Marquis had 5 members from New Jersey, and
4 from Indiana.
Did you know that the 1996 music used by the Emerald Marquis, "It's About
Time" was written by staff member Jon Vanderkolff.
Did you know that in 1994 the Maroon curtains and props that the curtains
hung on were made so that it could be dismantled and put under a bus. The
designer went and measured the bus bay before he made the bases and poles so
that the guard wouldn't have to rent a special truck. The curtains went in
boxes that would were made to stack 2 high in the bus bay.
Did you know that the 12 males selected for the 2000 guard is the second
largest number of males to march in the guard during one season. The high
is 14 in 1992.
Did you know that 2000 guard captain Lynn Plankis is only the second
captain in the guards history to NOT have come from a catholic color
guard. The other was Sharon Flattich (Nickerson) who came from the Hull
High School Gold Guard in Hull, MA.
Did you know that the Emerald Marquis now practices where Erte' Productions
practiced the one year they were in existence, the Wakefield Civic Center.
Did you know that new staff member Jeff Sacktig, who is replacing Jon Vanderkolff,
marched WITH Jon in the Cadets soprano line.
Did you know that in 1991 the Emerald Marquis bought and used a floor for
the first time at E-Mass circuit finals, 2 weeks before WGI. In the 2 years
following the guard also brought out their floor late in the season. It gave
the guard a look of growth during the season as the floor clarified stages.
Did you know that with the addition of Candace Taylor to
the 1999 staff, that 10 former members of the Emerald marquis have returned
to teach the guard after graduating.
Did you know that in 1987 the guard used real mirrors. During the sabre
feature the sabre line turned around and faced the mirrors so the audience
could watch the sabre feature in the mirrors that had come together to make
a wall of mirrors.
Did you know that in 1982 & 1983 the Emerald Marquis use to put little plastic
cocktail sabres on their hats in order to have authorized equipment visible.
See the guard wore long capes, and was told that they needed "authorized
equipment visible for all members". The rule was modified to "8 members
need authorized equipment" shortly after.
Did you know that the youngest member to march with the Emerald Marquis was
Tracy Campbell, who started marching in 1983 at the age of 11. Tracy
performed with the guard for 6 years.
Did you know that the Emerald Marquis lets the members keep their
uniform/costume every year. The only exception was 1988 when the green
sequin jackets were passed on to the junior guard.
Did you know that 1999 age-out Rick Subel received a scholarship to attend Berkely
school of music as a singer/ vocal perforance major. He joined the Emerald Marquis
that same year, 1995.
Did you know that the Emerald Marquis never has their group picture taken
until WGI Championships. This came about after the 1990 season when a member
of the guard was replaced for personal reasons after the guard had their
picture taken in Pensicola, FL. Director Dale Powers believes that only the
members who perform at nationals (injuries excluded) should be in the guards
Did you know that the 1999 Emerald Marquis' floor weighed 690 pounds. It was
60' x 90' 14oz vinal, but was painted with 9 gallons of ink.
Did you know that since 1993 the Emerald Marquis has had 7 members perform
with the Star of Indiana Brass Theater
Did you know that emerald alum Lee Dellatre (94) has started her own dance
company in New Orleans where she works as a geoscientist for Texaco. Lee
also dances with the Komenko dance company that will be touring Hungry this
Did you know that the Emerald Alumni Tony Smith (96 & 97) use to take a bus
from Memphis, TN to camps because it was cheaper than flying. It would take
him 36 hours each way. He said that way he could attend more camps.
Did you know that the 1999 Emerald Marquis graduated 9 members it to the
alumni ranks, 3 rifles, 3 flags and 3 sabres.
Did you know that 1998 members Louis Hellinger and Monica Rocco marched WITH
staff member Greg Lagola in the Sunrisers. He was the one who told them to
come to the Emerald tryout weekend. The interesting things was the Monica
had no idea who Greg was and when Greg returned to the corps to learn work,
Monica told Louis she wasn't going to take her time to teach him flag work,
and who is this Greg Lagola anyway.
Did you know that the flag silks used this year by the Emerald Marquis are
painted with Floral spray paint.
Did you know that Emerald alumni Holly Davis (93) and Sue Lebreque (82-86)
are both currently appearing in TV commercials. Holly in a commercial for
Alka Seltzer and Sue in a commercial for UPN TV.
Did You Know that Emerald Staff member Jim Moore, in addition to performing
with the Star of Indiana, is the guest principle male dancer with the Ballet
Company of Georgia each December for their production of The Nutcracker. Jim
danced with the company full time before moving to NY and then to Indiana
for his present job with the Star of Indiana Brass Theater.
Did you know that the 1999 Emerald Marquis performed on the biggest floor
ever made by Acme Canvas for a color guard. The floor size is 60' x 90'.
Acme Canvas produced two floors this size for this season. One for Emerald
and one for a guard in Japan. The reason for the large floor? More members
than any other year in Emerald Marquis history.
Did you know that the Emerald Marquis has earned a medal at the WGI world
championships for 9 consecutive years (91-98). No other guard has achieved
that accomplishment, although State Street Review earned medals 8 times,
84-89 & 93-94.
Did you know that Greg Lagola, a staff member, won the Emerald Marquis
Member of the year award at the guards award banquet in 1991. Director Dale
Powers thought he showed exceptional dedication and support to the members
of the guard during that season.
Did you know that guard manager Christa Ferguson ran the WGI regional for the
Emerald Marquis on 10 occasions. Christa never had a member in the Emerald Marquis,
although her daughter Kelly marched in the Emerald Marquis Jr.
Did you know that in 1994, on the way to the Ohio regional, the Emerald Marquis
had 4 bus break downs and used 4 different buses in one trip. No, they were not
drum corps buses, they were charter buses. That was the year of the maroon velvet
curtains and the guard had to unload and load the giant props 4 times on the way
to Ohio, a trip 16 hour trip that took 24 hours. The ride home was fine.
Did you know that The Emerald Marquis had a junior guard from 1984-1987, & 1990
- 1993. Nichole Prideaux was a member of the Emerald Marquis Juniors from 1991-1993
when the guard was disbanded. Nichole went on to march with Automation and in
1998 became the only member of the EM Jrs to move on to the Senior guard.
A picture of the 1993 Emerald Marquis Jrs. can be found on the
Did you know that former member Jim Gagne (91-93) now works at Disney world as a dancer during Disney parades, and appears in the Magic Kingdom as
"Chip" of Chip & Dale.
Did you know that former member Rick Trusty now dances in the touring
company of Broadway's West Side Story.
Did you know that Emerald Marquis was from Whitman, MA for 9 years, and that there
has never been a member of the Emerald Marquis from Whitman, MA. Whitman was the
town where director Dale Powers lived when he started the guard.
Did you know that instructor Denise Bonfiglio taught the Emerald Marquis in
1984 & 1985 before leaving to teach the NY Royal Guardsmen and her own guard,
the 27th Lancers. She returned in 1990 and has been teaching the Emerald
Marquis ever since.
Did you know that instructor/designer Jon Vanderkolff had never taught a
winter guard before he was hired by director Dale Powers to teach the 1993
guard. The guard finished 2nd at WGI.
Did you know that in 1997, Claudia Villa was the first female to march in the Emerald Marquis rifle line since 1987, when the rifle line was 4 males and 4 females. After the 1987 season all 4 female rifles aged out, and only males auditioned for the 1988 rifle line
Did you know that the Emerald Marquis was the second guard to ever use wooden flag poles. The first was the West Bridgewater Wildcats, the 1980 WGI class "A" Champions, taught by Dale Powers before he started the Emerald Marquis.
Did you know that from 1982-1987, the Emerald Marquis would tape pennies on the straps of their rifles to create sound when they spun.
Did you know the 1999 Emerald Marquis had members who had marched in 14
different drum corps. Academie, Spartans, Blue Devils, Crossmen, Cadets,
Boston, Bluecoats, Cavaliers, Star of Indiana, SCV, Carolina Crown, East
Coast Jazz, Citations, and Blue Knights.
Did you know that the 1999 Emerald marched 17 vets, the largest
amount of returning members since 1985, when 19 members returned from the
Did you know that director Dale Powers taught summer camps for Fred J. Miller Inc. in 1983. One of his students was Rosie Miller (no relation) of Cavalier and Pride fame. Rosie was a rifle with the St Rita's Ritanettes.
Did you know that the Emerald Marquis floor for the 1998 show was painted
with silk screen ink. The ink, although more expensive, is absorbed into the vinyl
and does not change the surface texture with paint build up.
Did you know that the Emerald Marquis took a weekend off in the middle
of the season. Usually the first week of March, it has been a great mental health
break for the staff and members. Although you would think this took a little of
the edge away, everyone comes back refreshed and ready for the second half. The
members however did things like go skiing, go to NY city, or go home and visit
Did You Know that at the 1998 Emerald Marquis awards banquet 5 members graduated into the Emerald Alumni association, bringing the number of GRADUATING alumni to over 100.
Did you know that in 1990 the Emerald Marquis marched their smallest
guard, 20 members. 8 Flags, 6 Rifles, 6 Sabres.
Did you know that in 1983 the Emerald Marquis traveled to Dayton, OH in a
school bus. The trip took 22 hours because they had to stop and fuel the
bus every two hours.The members took out the a lot of the seats and put
in bean bag chairs to try to make it more comfortable.
Did you know that there are six members of the 1998 guard that were in
high school. The largest number of high school members since 1988.
Did you know that of the 26 members of the 1998 Emerald Marquis
color guard, there were only 9 returning members from the 1997 guard.
This was due in large part to the fact there were 9 graduating members
in the 1997 guard.
Did you know that the 1998 Emerald Marquis guard had 9 members attending 9 different colleges...Suffolk, Emerson, Yale, Bershire Community, Mass Bay, U-Mass Lowell, Boston U., Bunker Hill Community, and Penn State.
Did you know that in 1982 & 1983, the Eastern Mass color guard circuit started competitions in November. This was stopped because most guards would do the previous years show while they learned their new one.
The name Emerald Marquis came from a combination of director Dale Powers two favorite drum corps in the late 70's. The Emerald Cadets of New Haven, CT and the Marquis Fond du Lac of Fond du Lac, WI.
Did you know that member Bridget Holleran named her cat after director Dale Powers. She calls the cat Dale Jr.
Did you know that 1998 member Claudia Villa commuted from Penn State Erie, in
Erie PA to Wakefield MA every weekend (9 hours) to compete with the guard. In
addition to Claudia (our longest commuter) members Louis Hellinger, Tracy Yaroshewich,
and Monica Rocco commuted from New Jersey (5 hours) each weekend
The Emerald Marquis have had members from 21 different states, and three countries during their 18 years exsistance. Besides the US and Canada, David Arnold (pictured above) of England marched in the Emerald Marquis flag line in 1985.
Did you know that as a fund raiser in the mid 80's, the Emerald Marquis' members use to rake leaves. The guard would go in mass to an amusement
park and get paid $3.00 per hr, per person.
Did you know that the Emerald Marquis has had male members every year
Did you know that Director Dale Powers and staff members Jon Vanderkolff and Jim Moore all started their drum corps careers as soprano players. Dale with the 27th Lancers, Jon with the Kavaliers and Garfield Cadets, and Jim with the Spirit Of Atlanta (he switched to the guard real quick).
Did you know that the Emerald Marquis have had only 9 guard captain's in
their 20 year exsistance? Susan Hawes, Sharon Flattich, Michelle McQueen, Freddie
Bateman, Erika Holland, Joanne Doherty, Karen Duggan, Lynn Plankis and Louis Hellinger.
Did you know the 1998 Emerald Marquis had members from 13 different drum corps. The Blue Devils, Cadets, Blue Coats, Academe', Raiders of Bayonne, East Coast Jazz, Boston Crusaders, Magic, Blue Knights, Star of Indiana, Sunrisers, and Phantom Regiment?
The Emerald Marquis has won 27 WGI regional titles in the following locations.
New England, NJ, Rochester & Syracuse NY, Long Island, NY, Virginia, California,
Ohio, PA, and Montreal Canada. The Emerald Marquis has attended two regionals
they have never won. Pensicola, FL (1990 & 1993) and Portland, OR (1997).
Did you know that only four of Emerald's captains, Sharon Flattich, did not come
from a catholic organization. Sue Hawes and Michelle MacQueen came from the St.
Francis Sancianettes, Freddie Bateman came from St. Anthony's in Revere,
Erika Holland from St. Margaret's of Dorchester, and Joanne Doherty from
St. Ann's of Neponset. 1999 captain Karen Duggan came from St. Theresa
Did you know that current staff member Carol Abohatab was taught by current staff member Denise Bonfiglio in the 27th Lancers, and then Carol taught current staff member Jim Moore in State Street Review. Finally, Jim taught staff member Michael McNulty as a member of Emerald Marquis.
Did you know that former members Michael McNulty, Chris Garcia, Bobby Noseworthy
and Sara Maranowitz all taught in Holland as a result of performing with Emerald
Marquis. Each got this great opportunity to see Europe when the Emerald
Marquis was contacted on three occasions to provide instructors to guard units
Did you know that in March of 1993, at the WGI Downingtown, PA regional, the Emerald Marquis scored an 86.9 and failed to make the block for the first time in their history. At the WGI Champioships two weeks later the guard scored a 96.2 and finished 2nd to the San Jose Raiders.
Did you know that in 1988 the Emerald Marquis was one of 5 Eastern Mass World Guards that finished in WGI finals. The other top 10 finishers from EMass were: Blessed Sac, 27th Lancers, Adonis, and St. Anthony's Imperials.
Did you know that only once, in September of 1991 for the 1992 season, has there been more than 30 people at the Emerald Marquis audition camp.