Mighty Liberators Drum and Bugle Corps
|Location||Rochester, New York|
Red on black sash
Green pants w/red on black stripe
Black Aussie w/silver badge
& red sequined band
The Mighty Liberators Drum and Bugle Corps were a Class A (now Open Class) competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Rochester, New York, the Mighty Liberators performed in Drum Corps International (DCI) competitions.
In 1972, a long-time parade corps from Rochester, Scott's Sabers, folded. One-time Sabers' member Lewis A. "Scotty" Scott, who credited the corps with changing his life for the better, then held a position in Rochester's federally-funded anti-poverty program, Action for a Better Community (ABC). Scott was able to create the Mighty Liberators under the umbrella of ABC as a replacement for Scott's Sabers and as a program to involve young people in a program that would provide positive influences and help to keep them away from the negative ones.
With the sponsorship of ABC, the new corps gained support from families, friends, and community organizations. New drums and bugles were purchased, as were new uniforms. The corps obtained buses for travel and, eventually, its own corps hall. At the time, Rochester was one of the hot-beds of drum corps activity, with several junior corps and at least two senior corps active, and many of the city's top arrangers and instructors stepped forward to aid the new corps.
Initially, the corps restricted its competition performances to the New York-Pennsylvania-Northeast region. In 1975, the Mighty Liberators traveled to Marion, Ohio for the U.S. Open Class A competition, placing 35th of 42 corps from the Northeast, Midwest, South, and Canada. In 1976, the corps ventured to its first DCI World Championships in Philadelphia; they finished 17th of 25 corps in the Class A and All-Girl prelims.
In 1977, the Mighty Liberators carried out its most ambitious tour, travelling to Ohio, Nebraska, Wyoming, and the DCI Class A World Championships in Boulder, Colorado.. In the preliminary competition, the Mighty Liberators were 6th of 26 corps from throughout the United States and Canada and advanced to Finals, where they maintained their 6th place standing.
The Mighty Liberators never returned to the DCI Championships after 1977. They remained strictly a local corps until, in 1982, cutbacks in funding caused ABC to terminate its sponsorship, and the corps folded.
The Mighty Liberators were sponsored by Action for a Better Community, one of nearly 1,000 nationally recognized Community Action Agencies (CAAs), established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America's War on Poverty.
|1972-1975||No information available|
|1976||Repertoire unavailable||56.400||17th Class A|
|1977||Firebird by Igor Stravinsky / Journey to the Center of the Earth by Rick Wakeman / Chico and the Man by José Feliciano /
Land of Make Believe by Chuck Mangione / African Symphony by Henry Mancini / You are the Sunshine of my Life by Stevie Wonder
|59.650||6th Class A|
|1979-1982||No information available|