The Colleens – Some Statistics


Year

Drum Major

Asst. Drum Major

Head Majorette

Director

# in Corp*

1949-50

Fern DeCuir,
Darleen Guidry,
Dorothy Landry
   

Sarah Lang

42
  Uniforms were basically the same except for the hats–Corps members wore hats similar to bellyboy hats. Sergeants & Corporals wore hats that were later worn by the entire Corps. Majorette mascots.

1950-51

Darlene Guidry
   

Sarah Steck

66

1951-52

Mary Catherine Medford

Patsy Steck
 



62

1952-53




 


 

1953-54

Peggy Duplantis

Frances Simmons
 



78

1954-55

Barbara Periou


 



75

1955-56

Frances Simmons

Faye Chaisson
 

Mary Andrus

89
  First Cav-OIL-Cade Marine Parade. Rode on a barge down the Port Arthur ship channel. Stood up all the way. Met the USS CONY–a destroyer–at Texaco Island and then toured the ship. It was here to participate in the Armed Forces Day Parade. Colleen of the Year was selected by being the highest winner in candy sales.

1956-57

Susie Steck

Faye Chaisson
 



109
  First year to have Colleen sweaters worn to school on game day and other occasions. Tenor drums moved up from back to first row. 49 girls tried out for only 6 available bugle positions. Mr. “C” taught at summer practice. He was band director at Stark High in Orange. Cav-Oil-Cade Marine Parade again, this time we had chairs! Taps on boots for the first time in Christmas parade. Colleen of the Year was elected on merit for the first time.

1957-58

Donna Carabine

Janis Warren

Barbara Walters



102
  Thanksgiving Day–marched in 1st Annual Tidelands Bowl Game in Morgan City, LA. Seniors received Colleen blankets instead of sweaters or a jacket. Combined Colleen-Shamrock Banquet.

1958-59

Barbara Walters
   


 

1959-60

Elsie Judice

Judy Myers

Nickie Graffagnino



92

1960-61

Nickie Graffagnino

Rochelle Loupe

Mona Reljac



115

1961-62

Charlotte Boone

Charlene Arnold

Mona Reljac



115

1962-63

Nancy Jacobs

Pat Belson

Helen Preddy



91

1963-64

Helen Preddy

Sharon DeLee

Judy Broussard



103

1964-65

Sharon DeLee

Lynette Mann

Linda Chaisson



99

1965-66

Roseanne Colletti

Jerry Fisher

Linda Chaisson



113
  First year to have Leprechaun Mascot. Won first place in St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Houston.

1966-67

Cathy Mora

Roseanne Colletti

Dickie Arnold



120
  Baritone bugles were added to the Corps for more depth. A slow, high-step was added for an occasional break in the traditional double-time step.

1967-68

Pat Bodin

Glenda Fisher
 

Mrs. Dick Arnold

125

1968-69

Dickie Arnold, Rochelle Vickers

Nancy Burns
 



125

1969-70

Joanie Andrepont, Lou Ellen Hilton

Toni Jung
 

Mrs. Schexnider

108

1970-71

Kathleen Broussard

Martha Gallagher

Carol Andrepont



125

1971-72

Roberta Blackwell

Jennifer Gilles

Pat Tayson



115

1972-73

Allie Bodin

Carol Woodle

Mary Pat Seni



87
  First invitation to the Mardi Gras Parade in Lafayette, LA.

1973-74

Vickie Begnaud

Jil Finley

Sue Beard



90

1974-75

Chris Landry

Stephanie Barras

Phyllis Norris

Mary Jane Thomas

86

1975-76

Elizabeth Palmarozzi

Suzanne Hendon

Rene’ Budwine

Monica LeBlanc

72

1976-77

Cheryl Bordonaro

Janet McCarthy

Liz Watts



77

1977-78

Laurie Graves

Nell Dore’

Ann Barras



68

1978-79

Cindy Begnaud

Diane Johnson

Shanna O’Grady



83
  Colleens invited to participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Festivities in Ireland. This was the highlight of all the years of their existence. The Corps participated in several parades in different cities in Ireland. They were officially adopted as sisters to one county who claims them as their own. A fitting acknowledgement for a fine group of young women. The girls who were a part of this generation of Colleens must have been very proud.

1979-80

Becky Burch

Karen Legnon

Connie Broussard



86

1980-81

Janeen Legnon

Beth Guillory

Rene’ Sonnier

Cheryl Grubb

74

1981-82

Leslie O’Neal

Christine Michon

Stacy Murty



76

1982-83

Patricia Deshotels

Debbie Begnaud

Jill Guilbeau

Monica LeBlanc

60
This had to be a special year for the Corps. All the students knew of the fragile life of Bishop Byrne. After the first of 1983, it was announced that the school would have to close its doors. Each day on campus was precious to the students, and every performance of each special group was savored. This year, at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Houston, the entire school–faculty and students–attended to cheer for the Bishop Byrne Colleens. As an eyewitness, and former Colleen, this writer can assure all Colleens, past and present, that the Corps performed beautifully. The closing of Bishop Byrne will naturally mean the end of the Colleens. One can only hope for a miracle to keep this tradition alive. It is not out of the question. All things are possible with God!