Louisiana Southernaires

Kenner, LA United States
Founded: 1981

Inactive Junior
1981 201 65.850 The South Shall Rise Again * Basin Street Blues * Hello, Dolly * South Rampart Street Parade * Devil Went Down to Georgia * Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?  
1982 42 45.800 Festive Overture * Gabriel * Tambo * Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.

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The Louisiana Southernaires was a junior marching and maneuvering corps based in Kenner, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans.

The group was formed April 15, 1981, and was competitive immediately. They began the season with a tour into the Midwest, placing second in most of the smaller contests. This was much more than the instructional staff had expected, since the corps had only rehearsed for a couple of months.

The next tour followed the Drum Corps South circuit, of which the Southernaires were charter members, which wound up in Lafayette, Louisiana, at DSC Championships. An A Class corps, the Kenner group came in fourth against several Open Class corps, showing that they were getting stronger with each passing contest.

Their show on this tour, presented by a small but strong horn line and several soloists, featured a New Orleans jazz repertoire that entertained spectators and judges alike. The percussion and color guard were equally solid.

The longest tour of the 1981 season took the corps to the U.S. Open and the American Internationals, in both of which the corps finished second in Class A. In the World Open at Lynn, Massachusetts, they took the Class A Championship. And in Montreal at the DCI Championships, the Southernaires was named "The Cinderella Corps” when they captured the Class A Championship, with a score of 69.25, against 39 competitors. The Southernaires won the respect of the drum corps world, and their home state, in this triumphal inaugural season.

In 1982, the corps competed in DCI Open Class, finishing 42nd in Preliminaries.

The Louisiana Southernaires was the only corps in the state of Louisiana during their active period of 1981 to 1983. Its membership came primarily from the greater New Orleans area, but a couple of marchers came from as far away as Texas.

[Karen Willingham, adapted from July 24, 1982, program for Southern Classic, Chalmette, LA]

Members (22)

Member Name Section Years Involved
albert, spanky hornline 1981
Callaway, David Drumline-Asst. Instructor 1981
de Silva, Jon Baritone 1981
Dufour, Brian Drumline 1981
Jenkins, Kelly mellophones 1981 to 1982
Johnson, Donald Drum Line 1981
McCoY, David Rifle,Flag 1981
Olivier, Cheryl Color Guard 1979 to 1981
Olivier, Cheryl Color Guard 1979 to 1981
Olivier, Debbie Color Guard 1981 to 1982
Reeves, Alexander Horn - Mellophone 1981
Russell, Mike Drumline 1982
Schneider, Billy French Horn 1981
stagni, greg rifle line 1981 to 1982
Thornton, Charlotte Rifle 1982
Triche, Gregg Drumline 1981
Wahden, Jody Instructor / Flag Line 1981
Wear, Bill Soprano/Soloist 1981 to 1982
Weidman, John Brass Asst. 1984
Williamson, Susan Color Guard 1981
Wood, Karen drum/horn 1981 to 1982
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