PAL Cadets to celebrate 35th anniversary with reunion

The Bridgeport PAL Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps will celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2003. There will be a reunion outing and dinner for all Bridgeport PAL alumni September 12-14 at Capellaro’s Grove and Banquet facility in Bethel, CT.

The PAL Cadets, sponsored by the Police Benevolent Association, were organized in 1957 as a youth program of the Police Athletic League in Bridgeport, CT.

The Cadets were affiliated with the Harry Condon American Legion Post No. 11 and the Raymond W. Harris VFW Post No. 145.

PAL performed throughout the Northeast from 1957 through 1968 and participated in National Championships in New Orleans, Boston, Washington D.C. and Chicago.

The planning committee has already located more than 100 former PAL members. Former members should send their address, corps affiliation and the year(s) of membership to Judi Smith Gordon at, call her at (203) 374-1336, or visit to the PAL Web site Any information on other members (e-mail address, street address, or even the city they live in), is also appreciated. Complete reunion information will be posted in the near future on the Web site and through the alumni newspaper.

The committee is also looking for any PAL Cadet memorabilia for the reunion: photos, movies/video tapes, audio recordings, contest programs, uniforms or anything else that might be of interest. To contribute items, contact Chris Ruge III at