In the early 1950s, students from the Sudbury Mining and Technical School (Sheridan Tech, Sudbury, Ontario) would grab drums, horns, and whatever else would make a lot of noise, and loudly cheer on their school football team, the Blue Devils. What they lacked in musical ability they made up for with school spirit.
The late Maurice Gravelle, the school's music professor, decided to organize the Sudbury Mining and Technical School Band from the ranks of the noisemakers. Most agree that this decision was because Mr. Gravelle had too much respect for music to listen to their cacophony.
Mr. Gravelle's school associate and successor, the late George Netzke, continued the process of developing musical ability. However, he also brought military discipline into the mix, for Mr. Netzke was quite involved and well known within the Canadian Militia. He convertedthe group from a school band to a Canadian drum corps. In 1958, their name became the Blue Saints (to complement the school team, the Blue Devils).
TheBlue Saints also represent the histories of two other drum corps, the Nickel City Sound and the Imperial Knights. Both corps have folded and entered the rich history of the Big Blue.
Since their entry into the world of drum corps, the Blue Saints have flourished and made their school, and city, proud. The corps has taken part in numerous competitions, from the Calgary Stampede to the now famous Quebec Winter Carnival. For over 50 years, they have represented and entertained Sudbury, providing their youth with musical education, self esteem, a work ethic, pride, and, most importantly, fun.
In recent years, the Blue Saints placed first in the 1998 Canadian Nationals in Division IV, and sixth in the 1999 Division III. In 2003, they finished 33rd in DCI Division II/III competition, and in 2004 the final placement was 18th in Division III Prelims, with a show bearing the uniquely Canadian title of 'To the Beach Eh.'
[http://www.bluesaints.com/history.htm; Dave Strickler]