Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. -Muriel Strode

The Emerald Marquis Color Guard was founded in September of 1981 by director Dale Powers after the guard he was teaching, The West Bridgewater Wildcats, the first WGI class "A" Champion in 1980, was disbanded due to a tax referendum in Massachusetts.
1980 West Bridgewater Wildcats
WGI Class A Champion
Dale & Captains
with Championship flag
The guards first rehearsal had 28 people, and was made up of members from the Wildcats, the Holy Family Defenders and the St. Francis Sancianettes. The first season of the Emerald Marquis was 1982, and saw the guard complete a successful first season placing 7th in WGI prelims and 8th in finals in Nashville, TN.

The original Emerald Marquis based it's shows around Jazz music. The first few seasons featured the music of Buddy Rich, Louis Bellson, Renaissance, Henry Mancini and John Miles. The guard wore traditional military uniforms and became famous very early for being "Squeaky Clean".

This reputation came about when at WGI in Nashville, TN the guard placed first in equipment "ticks" over the national champion Cavaliers. The 80's brought many thrills to the Emerald Marquis. The guard has won over 100 contests and beaten such greats as Holly Hawks, Skylarks, Erte', Quasar, Cavaliers, Phantom Regiment, Millers Black Hawks and State Street Review. while continuing to grow as an organization and a staff.

The organization philosophy has always been "That no member ever leave our organization and regret the time they spent here". The fact that the guard has remained so competitive despite changing some staff members in 13 of the 19 years speaks volumes for the organization strength that Dale has developed.
During that 19 years the guard has had many great staff members. Some of the wonderful and talented people that have worked with Emerald are: Mark Sylvester, Tommy Keenum, Jon Vanderkolff, Jim Moore, Michael McClullen, Greg Lagola, Denise Bonfiglio, Wanda Conway, Sadie Cummings, Peggy Twiggs, Carol Abohatab and the great George Zingali, who's production of Candide in 1990 changed the way the Emerald Marquis programmed.

Today the Emerald Marquis remains an organization committed to teaching it's members the value of learning. Members are trained in achieving new skills each year, making every season a "new" experience. This explains why the guard has had over 20 members receive a five year plaque at the guards annual award banquet. Each member is encouraged to have a job or go to school, and the weekend only practice schedule allows for members to commute from as far away as Erie, PA, Western Mass. CT, and New Jersey.

During the now 19 seasons the guard has competed they have traveled to 16 different states and competed in over 400 contests. The guard has had over 300 members and has been a WGI Independent World class finalist every year of its existence. At the conclusion of the 2000 season Emerald Marquis has placed in the medal top three 10 straight years! The guard has won 29 WGI regional titles, won the E-Mass state championships 8 times and won the 1999 WGI Independant World Class Championship .

As is the case with any successful program potential members NEVER think they can make the guard. Every year the Emerald Marquis looks for hard working unselfish members who want to learn new skills and be a part of a great color guard. The guard bases its membership decesions on Talent, Desire, and Chemistry. Every year we encourage anyone to try. You'll never know if you don't try, and you might just find yourself marching in next years EMERALD MARQUIS.

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