History

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A HISTORY BUILT ON LOVE, TRUST, AND COMMITMENT

The Blessed Sacrament Color Guard organization (affectionately referred to as “SAC”) is a not-for-profit, performance arts organization. SAC is devoted to providing its members with opportunities to develop skills in confidence building, communication, teamwork, and performance while emphasizing a sense of commitment through the pageantry arts.

An organization over 70 years strong, SAC traces its origin back to the 1930′s when a local parish all-female drill team formed a performance group in the Cambridgeport area of Cambridge, Massachusetts. This organization originally served as a summer activity outlet for youth in this urban neighborhood just outside of Boston. In the 1960′s, a winter competition unit was formed and when the drill team activity became dormant by the late 1970′s, the organizations focus shifted exclusively to winter competition.

By the 1980′s, Blessed Sacrament had become financially independent of its namesake parish, but remained true to its roots by fielding several competitive units with members from the local Cambridge area. As the World Guard began to achieve success and gain popularity throughout the 1980′s, SAC began to draw members from all over the United States and eventually boasted members from around the world including Japan and the United Kingdom. In 2001, SAC began to incorporate both male and female performers and still going strong into this new millennium, is one of the most internationally-renowned, acclaimed, and popular winterguard organizations in the activity today!

The Blessed Sacrament Cadet, Prep and Junior Color Guards have always been a crowd favorite! Over the years, the SAC little “brothers and sisters” have won several local competitions and championships — including six Eastern Massachusetts Color Guard circuit championship titles.

The Blessed Sacrament World Guard is an 11-time Eastern Massachusetts World Class Champion. SAC has been a Winter Guard International (WGI) World Class competitor for 36 of WGI’s 37-year existence and is a 36-time WGI World Class Regional champion. The World Guard entered the elite top-15 of WGI World Championships Finalists in 1980 and has maintained that distinction for the last 35 consecutive seasons — an unprecedented, unmatched and historical accomplishment in the winter guard activity.

SAC has placed in the top-ten of WGI World Championships World Class Finalists 24 of the last 27 years (scoring a 90 or above 20 times), has been in the renowned WGI “top-six” 16 times and is a six-time Independent World Class medalist; earning World Class Bronze Medals in 1988, 2005 and 2007, Silver Medals in 1989 and 1996 and the Gold Medal and WGI World Championship in 1990.

 

BLESSED SACRAMENT PARTNERS WITH INSPIRE ARTS & MUSIC

Inspire Arts & Music, parent organization for the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, is proud to announce an exclusive partnership with the historic Blessed Sacrament Color Guard. Blessed Sacrament will partner with Inspire Arts & Music to promote youth activity in the pageantry arts and to develop new programs generated at helping youth in New England area.

Rudy Gowern, Director of Business and Program Development states, “When we started to look at new ways to strengthen our commitment to the arts, we wanted to find an organization that embodied all of the same principles we hold true in our entire organization. Having an opportunity to see first hand what Blessed Sacrament does for our community, I knew that Inspire Arts & Music and Blessed Sacrament could develop an incredible partnership to help out our community. I am extremely proud that we are able to partner Blessed Sacrament.”

Dolores Zappala states, “I am really excited that this partnership will help more widely market the incredible opportunities for local as well as international young people to be exposed to the pageantry arts. We will be providing more opportunities for young people to express themselves though performance and competition. Blessed Sacrament and the Boston Crusaders have been part of the pageantry activity for over a combined 150 years thereby positively affecting many lives throughout the decades.  This partnership could potentially guarantee the long-term continuation of both organizations since both organizations have a strong and loyal alumni base.”

The Blessed Sacrament World Guard is an 11-time Eastern Massachusetts World Class Champion. SAC has been a Winter Guard International (WGI) World Class competitor for 36 of WGI’s 37-year existence and is a 36-time WGI World Class Regional champion. The World Guard entered the elite top-15 of WGI World Championships Finalists in 1980 and has maintained that distinction for the last 35 consecutive seasons — an unprecedented, unmatched and historical accomplishment in the winter guard activity.

Blessed Sacrament will partner with Inspire Arts & Music to develop new programs and performance opportunities for young men and women in the New England area. Members of both Blessed Sacrament and the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps will enjoy benefits that will promote education and performance throughout the summer and winter seasons. Inspire CEO and Board President Jim Cronin states, “I believe the values of both organizations align extremely well and we can be “better together”. I am excited about the impact that this partnership will have on kids and the community as we launch new local programs.”

Ed Devlin, Director of Blessed Sacrament states, “We are excited to form this great partnership with Inspire Arts & Music.  I think this is an amazing opportunity to strengthen our organizations by collaborating together to expand arts and music in New England.”

Blessed Sacrament will be entering in their 37th year of WGI competition and is a proud member of WGI Sport of the Arts. For more information visit www.wgi.org. In the Boston area Sac competes in NESBA circuit, www.nesba.org for more information on schedules.

 


Past Scores

1980 78.6 *16, 11th in prelims
1981 81.9 14
1982 87.66 10
1983 89.78 9
1984 91.8 6
1985 86.1 9
1986 92.1 5
1987 93.1 4
1988 94.05 3
1989 98.2 2
1990 97.2 1
1991 94.05 4
1992 90.45 7
1993 92.55 4
1994 94.45 4
1995 94.85 4
1996 96.15 2
1997 86.65 11
1998 89 10
1999 88.35 11
2000 92.15 6
2001 96.5 4
2002 91.35 7
2003 89 8
2004 93.25 5
2005 96.5 3
2006 93.9 4
2007 95.7 3
2008 93.7 5
2009 92.4 5
2010 94.35 5
2011 94.15 4
2012 91.15 8
2013 93.85 4
2014 93.4 4
Average Score 91.95257143
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