Back in the sixties, a man by the name of Gerry Dionne convinced the Manchester, NH Boys Club Director Norm Penner that a drum & bugle corps would be a worthwhile activity for the boys at the Manchester Boys Club. On January 17, 1960, the Manchester Boys Club Drum & Bugle Corps was formed. With borrowed horns and drums, the corps made 10 appearances that first year and even won their first trophy at a Rochester, NH parade. In 1963, The corps made changes, including a new name. The Muchachos Jr. Drum & Bugle Corps made its debut in the Manchester, NH and Exeter, NH Memorial Day Parades. The Muchachos, which means "little ones" in Spanish, performed at many events including the Worlds Fair in New York in 1964 and Canada's Centennial in 1967. They also represented New Hampshire in Washington, DC in 1976 for the Bicentennial celebration. Numerous awards decorated the walls and trophy cases at the Manchester Boys Club. In 1986, due to increasing operating costs and lack of interest, the Muchachos went inactive.
When the City of Manchester was getting ready to celebrate it's 150th birthday, the rumblings began about possibly forming an alumni corps to perform "just one more time" down Elm Street. As in the beginning, equipment was borrowed. Rehearsals were scheduled at the "club", and in September, 1996 the Muchachos Alumni Corps stepped onto Elm Street for the opening of Riverfest '96. A performance at the city charter rededication ceremony and the Sesquicentenial parade followed later that month. The events were so successful that members wanted to keep it going. The corps reformed as the Muchachos Sr. Drum & Bugle corps in November , 1996. In September of 2006, the Muchachos are no longer a senior corps but is an all age corps.
The Corps is recognized by it's signature song "Lonley Bull" by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. This has been our signature song since the Jr corps days.
Manchester Muchachos - all age corps website