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History for Bandettes Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
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The Bandettes, formed in 1963, was an all-girl junior marching and maneuvering corps based in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Because they were closer to Grand Rapids than Toronto, the corps competes often in DCM, and accepts members from the United States. For several years the corps absorbed visiting girl marchers from the Philippines.

The Bandettes have competed at DCI since 1982 in Class II and III. Their highest finish was seventh in Class A-60 in 1988. In 2003, the 32-member corps took 25th place in Division II/III prelims. The 2004 finish was 13th in Division III Prelims, performing "Dancing on the Water."

Mary Wilson, the corps director, has been associated with the Bandettes for their entire existence.

A stylish corps, the Bandettes' uniforms consist of long plaid skirts with red tops.

[DCW, 1/93, p.6; DCW, 11/88, p.7;; CW, 4/03, p.5]
"Mary Wilson was the original Majorette for the Sault Ste Marie Legion Band and from there she formed the Band color guard that grew into the drum corps, hence the name Bandettes."
[taken from a facebook group (GLDCA) conversation amongst some of Mary's peers]

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