Long Island Kingsmen

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The Long Island Kingsmen were founded in the fall of 1963 in Kings Park, NY as the Kings Park Kingsmen by Noel Borden. The corps had been originally started as a small exhibition group for the local Catholic church, but only lasted a few short months. Noel took the remains of this group, obtained a sponsorship from the local VFW Post 5796, and began the process of forming a competitive Drum and Bugle Corps. The first few years saw the corps competing in the Sounds of Suffolk Association, a circuit of corps from the eastern half of Long Island. The corps progressed from a standstill group performing in Class D, to the Class B champions in 1967. That year also saw the corps' first big trip off Long Island, competing in the NY State American Legion Championships in Syracuse, NY. The following year, the corps repeated its Class B championship title in the Sounds of Suffolk Association, and also competed in the Class B Chamionship preliminaries at the World Open in Lynn, Massachusetts.