The first meeting of the Queen Village Queens took place on September 21, 1961, when fifty-two girls responded …(more)

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“Warwick in History” – The first meeting of the Queen Village Queens took place on September 21, 1961, when fifty-two girls responded to the invitation to form an all girl marching band. Their first majorette was Sandra Byrnes and their first trophy was won at Port Jervis in July of 1963. The first director was Erwin Swinson.

In their fifteen years of existence the Queens have been a living advertisement of the Town of Warwick, having performed n parades throughout the northeastern United States. Highlights of their appearances include: four appearances at the Miss America Pageant Parade in Atlantic City, leading the parade on three occasions; half time performance at the New York Jets Football Games; Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C., in 1973; and six New York State American Legion Jr. Parade Championships.

In 1976 the Queens are directed by John Kalyan and the majorette is Dara Whalan. What was a dream in 1961 had developed into an organization with a national reputation and an array of trophies and awards that number well over 300, a tribute to their dedication, determination, and esprit de corps.