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1961 Press Photo Kewanee Black Knight Clark Pontsley - RRT19443

AdID: 2027449

Availability: In stock

Part Number: RRT19443

Height: 8

Width: 8.25

Source: Rogers


Clark Pontsley of Buda receives awards for Kewanee Black Knight's first place victory in senior drum and bugle corps finals. The history of the Knights began with a boy's fife and drum corps formed in the 1930s sponsored by the American Legion Post in Kewanee, Illinois. Within a short time the fifes were replaced by bugles and the S.A.L Junior Drum and Bugle Corps was formed. That corps competed actively through 1942 when World War II took most of the members. After the war, interest in drum corps began again and veterans of the SAL corps returning from the war formed a senior corps in 1949. With the help of the Kewanee American Legion, the corps raised money for instruments and new uniforms and in 1951 the name Kewanee Black Knights was chosen. The Black Knights became a familiar corps on the state and national scene from 1951 to 1964. In addition to many local championships, the Black Knights finished in the American Legion National finals every year from 1954 through 1961. When the senior group disbanded in 1964, the name and traditions were passed to a new group that was formed to provide an activity for the youth of the community. In the winter of 1965-66, the Black Knights junior corps was born. The corps became successful early on, making the finals contest in the 1966 Illinois State Fair competition. The Black Knights of Kewanee dropped the Black from their name in 1972. The corps was moved from Kewanee to Geneseo after the 1973 season. In 1980 the corps won a national title at the US Open in Marion, Ohio. In 1983 the Corps was marching 122 members and was recognized as a viable competitor. They placed third in DCM finals, were 9th at DCI regional prelims in Whitewater, and also came in among the leaders at DCI East in Allentown, Pa. It was decided to move the Corps to the Quad Cities in 1989. In 1991, The Knights merged with the Emerald Knights of Cedar Rapids Iowa, an experiment that lasted only one season. The Knights went inactive in 1995, their last competition being the Illinois State Fair, the site of their first competition 29 years earlier in 1966.
Photo measures 8.25 x 8.


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Date of Creation 1961
SKU RRT19443
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