Imperial Regiment

Other Names:merger Lakeview Shoreliners and 71st Lancers

Cheektowaga, NY United States

Inactive Junior
1975 Procession of the Nobles * Greensleeves * Bangin’ on the Pipes * Steam Heat * America The Beautiful  
1976 211 61.900 Festival Overture Prelude * Procession of the Nobles * Pictures at an Exhibition * Steam Heat * Egabrag * You Are the Sunshine of My Life * Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing * Pictures at an Exhibition  
1977 204 65.400 (Repertoire not available)  
1978 40 60.350 (Repertoire not available)  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.

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The Imperial Regiment was a junior marching and maneuvering corps based in Cheektowaga, New York.

One of the corps that eventually formed the basis for the Imperial Regiment started in the early 1960s as the Sons and Daughters. The VFW Private Leonard Post Jr. Post 5251 had a color guard that needed a beat to help them keep in step during parades, so they came up with the idea of starting a junior drum and bugle corps out of the sons and daughters of the post members.

In 1965 or 1966, as the corps got bigger, they changed the name of the corps to the Monotones. And in 1967 they inaugurated a "peanut" guard, a group of younger kids to carry the flags out in front of the corps in parades.

The corps got a facelift in 1971 when the colors were changed from gold satin and khaki to blue and white. This color combination varied over the years, but early on it was white satin tops and dark blue pants, topped by pillbox hats with plumes. When it came to a new name, they drew their inspiration from the calendar, and corps became the 71st Lancers. The corps expanded their performance range as well, including standstill competitions along with their parades.

In 1972 the corps won its first New York/Penn competition, a standstill, beating out the Lakeview Shoreliners and the Coachmen. Emboldened by this success, the 71st Lancers took to the field for the first time in 1973, where success was not immediate. Their hearts were in it, but their numbers weren't.

While preparing for the 1975 season with high hopes, the corps members learned that their 71st Lancers would be merging with their biggest rivals, the Lakeview Shoreliners.

This larger combined corps, now called the Imperial Regiment, tackled DCI for the first time in 1976, finishing 11th in Class A competition. The next year, the story is that a busload of kids came down with some nasty food poisoning but managed to carry on to DCI Class A Championships in Denver where they placed third in prelims and fourth in finals. Additionally their six person brass ensemble took first place in I&E.

The corps returned to Denver for championships in 1978 but by 1979 many of the brass players began to age out or head off to college which marked the beginning of the end for the Regiment. After a few more years of struggle, the drum and bugle corps slowly began to dismantle, and eventually devolved into a color guard corps. By the early 1980s, the organization known as the Imperial Regiment was a group of flags, one drum and one glockenspiel.

[Ken Netzel
Updates from Rev. Ken Hessel July 2017]

Members (11)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Gould, Joe Drum Line 1973 to 1976
Hessel, Kenneth Contra 1975 to 1978
Kirchmyer, Steve Baritone 1974 to 1978
Quebral, Paul Quads 1978
Robinson, Dawayne Lead Soprano 1973 to 1976
Robinson, Dawayne Soprano 1974 to 1976
Varga, Roy brass 1975 to 1976
Webster, Wayne Baritone 1975 to 1978
Wendel, Dave Brass 1976 to 1977
Wendel, Dave baritone 1976 to 1977
Wendel, David Brass 1976 to 1977

CORPS 4 items

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Guard Poster Contributed by Kenneth Hessel
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Imperial Regiment from the Bill Ives Collection
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ImperialRegiment,Cheektowaga,NY,Pin1(6DP)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection
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ImperialRegiment,Cheektowaga,NY,Pin2-Black(BIV-3.0)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection


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