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Presented by the class of 1969 AQ Color Guard

Our fearless leader...
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Father John Whitley (Color Guard Instructor/Moderator)

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University of St. Thomas
3800 Montrose
Houston, Texas 77006-4626

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The story behind this website (by Dan Kinney '69):

The class of '69 celebrated our 30th high school reunion in October of 1999. It was a great weekend as Bob Colby came in from Atlanta with his wife and Jim Allen came in from Pittsburg with his wife. All the locals Bob Andrews, Tom Cottrone, Bill Correnti, Dave Rigby and myself all attended the reunion as well. On Sunday Bill Correnti had us all to his house for a brunch including Dennis Kaufman ('66). Bob Colby surprised us with a VHS video he had produced with all the scrapbooks and old 8mm movies our parents took of us when we were in color guard. Lord knows how much time and effort he spent doing this, but it was incredible. It brought back so many good memories. It opened my eyes and I said we will have to stay in touch. Well we didn't...

A few years passed and very suddenly in 2003 Wayne Rabideau's ('69) younger brother Tom (Rhino) Rabideau died at the very young age of 49. It suddenly dawned on me that we were all getting older and you just never know what tomorrow will bring.

It also dawned on me that I had not kept my promise too stay in touch with the guys; the members of the Aquinas Color Guard that had become really good friends. Yes some had moved away, but some were right here in Rochester. Yes I had failed to pick up the phone to stay in touch, but so did they (shame on us).

Being the organizer that I am I decided it was time to do something about. I said; "Gee let's have a reunion". I soon realized that was a bigger task then I could handle. So I decided to ease into it. I contacted all the former Aquinas Color Guard member who still live locally that I knew how to contact and organized a happy hour. That was at least two years ago (2005). Since then we have been meeting for a happy hour about every six months. The group being myself, Tom Cottrone, Bob Andrews, Phil Knight, Bill Correnti and Rob Schrader.

My intent was to get other former AQ Color Guard members included who also were still local from other years. John Palermo ('67) joined the group as did Mike Maiuri ('65). Mike was brave and joined Bill Correnti and myself and marched at Alumni Weekend last year (2006). Bill Correnti has since moved to North Carolina and I didn't hear from Mike or anyone else; so this year there were no alumni band or color guard members who marched at Alumni Weekend.

Last year (2006) Bill Correnti brought his copy of the Video to show the current band and color guard; it was a huge hit. They thoroughly enjoyed it and were very impressed by our style back then.

Being a technology geek I contacted Bob Colby and asked him if he could convert the Video to DVD. VHS was old technology; time to bring it current. It took him a while, but he did it.

This year the class of '67 was celebrating their 40th reunion. John Palermo contacted guys from his class and had a little reunion party at his house the weekend of Alumni Weekend. I was invited and got to reconnect with Mike Christman, Don Brookins, Kevin Brinkman, Tom Brady and Dave Behr ('66). I brought the DVD along to show the guys and they too were very impressed. I had copies for everybody and they all cherished them.

The DVD was and is my most prized possession, but I said if we all enjoyed it so much I'm sure others from that era would as well. And what better way to reconnect not only with former AQ Color Guard members, but with members from other guards that we competed against. Wouldn't it be great to have one great big reunion with everyone.

So I decided to create this website and put as much memorabilia on it from our AQ Color Guard days to keep those memories alive. Yes I converted the DVD to streaming video for everyone to enjoy. I also invite former AQ Band members to contribute any memorabilia that they would like to share. And if there are any Color Guard people from our era that find us and would like to share a story or two or memorabilia; we would love to hear them.

So please stop by and sign my guest book or send me an e-mail. I will add you to my growing list and maybe soon we can have a real big reunion.



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Aquinas Alumni Color Guard
Guest Book
Father Whitley Dedication
A Trip Down Memory Lane
News About Other Color Guards
Food For Thought
Recent Photos
Class Of 65
Class Of 66
Class Of 67
Class Of 68
Class Of 69
Class Of 70
Class Of 71
Class Of 72
Class Of 73

Class Of 1969 Video #1
Class Of 1969 Video #2
Class of 1967 Video '66 Nationals
Class Of 1973 Video Cicero '74
Class of 1973 Video Lemoyne '74
Class of 1973 Video Sherburne '73
Drill Team For Retired Guys


Memorable Moments

  • If you have any you want to share please e-mail them to me and I will post them on the website


Links to other Color Guard and Band Sites


Link to Aquinas Institute Site


Links To Other Sites


 AQ Images


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ICGC Patch courtesy of Phil Knight '70


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Last Updated Thursday, July 04, 2013