The Vagabonds
Junior Drum and Bugle Corps

Vagabonds 1962
Haddon Heights, Pennsauken, Stratford, New Jersey
1955 - 1969

The Vagabonds were founded in Haddon Heights, New Jersey, by Mr Robert Powell and Mr. John R.(Dick)Richard Zinn. Originally a parade corps, the corps entered competitions in 1956. The corps won the South Jersey Association Championship in its first year of competition. The first instuctors of the corps were brothers Don Adair on horns, and Bob Adair on drums, both now members of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. The corps entered the VFW Nationals after only two years of competition, and placed tenth. The corps competed in the South Jersey Association until 1960, winning the championship in 1957,1958, and 1959. The corps then moved to the Penn Jersey Association. In 1961 the corps finished 18th at the VFW Nationals in Miami. The corps moved to Pennsauken about 1962. Those years through 1964 were the best years for the Vagabonds. During that time they defeated every corps in New Jersey except the Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights. In 1965, the corps moved to Stratford NJ and merged with the Stratford Invaders. The corps also merged with the Little Devils during that era. The corps last competed in 1969.

This website is created as a remembrance of those 14 years. It is dedicated to the directors, instructors, and mostly to all those kids from South Jersey who had the time of their lives and look back to those days with fond memories.

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This site was created by Bill Lewis, and I am responsible for its contents. Special thanks to Charlie Hooper for the use of many files and photos from his original website. This site was reconstructed from my best memories, so there are probably some mistakes. Let me know what they are, and I will correct them. If anyone has additional materials to add to the site please contact me.

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