A street gang known as the Bachelors sparked the energy and enthusiasm of the Lancers organization. Director Carmelo Saez and assistant Fred Perry in April 1961 molded a dynamic and exciting drum & bugle corps.
In the early 70s the corps entered field competition with 17 horns, 20 flags, and 9 drummers. Lancers rocked and raised the crowds to their feet with leather stomping, hand clapping sounds that highlighted the corps natural flair for explosive performances. Garden State, Eastern States, United Organization of Eastern Corps and Metropolitan Circuits were the stages for Lancers presentations.
1979 revealed a new Lancers organization -- one designed to win. The corps motto was "Drum Corps is an Art." Expertise, knowledge and imagination of young instructors like Reginald Henry, Ruben Ariola, Jose Velasquez and Johnny Oddo created a new image for drum corps fans to behold. The instructors were trained in the famous camps of Skyliners, Bridgemen, St. Rita's Brassmen and Knickerbockers, where excellence reigned. Orchestrations and arrangements were penned by bugle master Hy Dreitzer; and tone by Jose Velasquez and Ruben Ariola; percussion and sound effects by Johnny Oddo.
[submitted by Mr. Dumont [firstname.lastname@example.org] April 2006]