The Carter Cadets were organized in 1950 by the late Minister and Mrs. Carter, remaining active only as a parade corps, the Cadets captured many parade and standstill contest, contributing in many social and civic events. They won appreciation and respect by the many drum corps followers.
By 1960 the Carter Cadets had achieved all there was to accomplish, in parade and standstill competition, and consequently turned their attention to marching and maneuvering, sponsored by the George P. Davis American Legion Post #116, the Cadets tried and failed to assemble a drill for the 1962 American Legion State contest.
Eager and ambitious the clad blue and white Cadets struggled without instructions but fortunately they didn't lose their desire to rehearse. They gained the respect of the distinguished Robert Notario and Albert D. Koch. Mr. Notario, better known as Pepe of the NY Skyliners, took over the horn line and Mr. Koch worked on the drill. Nat Lewis contributed to the drumline, forming a great alliance.
During those few short months that Pepe and Al were introduced, the corps greatly improved. They rostered a 21 man horn line, 9 man drum line and a 15 girl color guard.
Early in 1963 the Cadets entered the newly organized Liberty Circuit and by June 30th were ready for their first field competition, only to climax that days event by a first place.
The corps entered a few contests that year, capturing 10th position in the NY American Legion State Convention in Rochester NY and the Kings County VFW county title.
Music consisted of "off the line" Excell, It Happened in Sun Valley, Carters theme, the color presentation was Fairest of the Fair, next in line was What Kind of Fool am I, concert was Ruby and I get that Old eeling, Papa loves Mambo and Love Walked In followed.
Written by Wayne Chenault, Staff Secretary, prior to the 1964 season. [Submitted by Vaughn Cropper July 2012]