Frequently Asked Questions about
the Saginaires Youth Organization
- Q: What happened to the corps? Did NA finally fold?
- A: The corps is still officially
"inactive," according to the latest reports from SYO staff.
The last year NA fielded a competitive corps was 1996. A parade corps
was attempted in 1997, but was disbanded due to lack of membership.
- Q: Is Bob Waskoviak still in charge?
- A: Yes. In addition, Steve Yoder is the program coordinator and
director of the winterguard and indoor drumline.
- Q: We have a winterguard? Are they good?
- A: The Saginaires Youth Organization has recently fostered two
winter activities. The first, the Northcoast Academy winterguard, was
founded in 1998 and consistently performed well in Independent Class
A competitions from their inception. The Northcoast Academy indoor drumline
was founded in 2001, and placed first in the WGI Independent Open Percussion
class in 2003. The Northcoast Academy Performance Ensembles have their
- Q: Anyway, I heard a rumor that Bob sold off all the
equipment. Is this true?
- A: To an extent. NA was forced into inactivity due to mounting
debt; in order to balance the books, some liquidation was necessary.
The hornline was one of the oldest three-valve lines in DCI, having
been purchased in the early 90's, and was sold to another Division III
corps before they could lose their value. The corps' drumline was returned
to the manufacturer, as NA didn't own the line per se—however,
Northcoast did purchase a new set of percussion equipment in the Spring
of 2003. It has also been reported that Bob finally managed to sell
the corps' equipment trailer, despite its unusual hitch.
- Q: Is there another alumni reunion in the works?
- A: There were highly successful reunions in 2002 and 2003, so
much so that there now appears to be a permanently scheduled annual
reunion. Reunions will be held the Saturday after Labor Day, at Tittabawassee
park in Freeland MI. (The Saginaires Alumni Association—that is
to say, the Web Admin and Co-Chairs—are not involved in the planning
of these reunions... only publicity. Our earlier picnics weren't nearly
so well received.) :-)
- Q: What is this "Alumni Association"
- Back in the summer of 1998, a few Northern Aurora alumni decided we wanted
to help the corps get back on its feet. We came up with a list of goals
and means to achieve them, including raising money for the Saginaires
Youth Organization. We started an alumni database and newsletter, and
sent out both e-mail and printed copies of the newsletters. Over time,
however, the initial positive response from the alumni waned, and the
focus of the SAA shifted to hosting annual alumni picnics, keeping an
alumni database listing, and maintaining the alumni webpage.
- Q: So, what happened to the old NA page?
- A: Since Northern Aurora has been inactive since 1996, the old
page format wasn't really applicable. The site was in need of a major
overhaul and more comprehensive updatesthe content hadn't been
updated for at least a year, and the design itself hadn't been updated
since 1998. Since the usage of the page had turned away from member
updates and current NA news, this new format was established to keep
alumni in touch with the activity and each other.
- Q: Does anyone have the video from the year I marched?
- A: The Web Admin has in her possession videos from 1986-1988 (thanks
to the Bovenschens), 1991, 1992, and 1996. Unfortunately, the 1991 and
1992 videos belong to other alumni, and are copy-protected at that.
Also, since the Saginaires / Northern Aurora never made it into the
DCI Top 12, our corps are not represented on the new 1974-1999
DVD "Legacy Collection" offered by Drum Corps International.
The alumni forums should be an ideal place to request dubs of corps
performances not otherwise available to the general marching public.
- Q: Is the bus from the 1988 bus accident really buried
under the practice field at the corps hall?
- A: Sorry, that's classified.