Manuel Phillips, former Corps director, passed away April 4th at age 87

Manuel Phillips at Boys and Girls Club Ceremony 2017

Manuel C. "Manny" "Phil" Phillips, 87, of Manchester, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at Elliot Hospital surrounded by his family.

Manny and his wife Sue were both very active with the junior corps during the 1970s. Manny ("Mr. Phillips") was also the Muchachos' corps director during that time. Their children, daughters Rose and Maureen and sons John and Bruce. also marched in the corps.

From a former member who knew him: "He was just a wonderful man - a perfect "father" figure for all of us who marched in those junior corps years. Manny was always someone you could speak to and his easy going, caring nature made all of us "kids" feel comfortable speaking with him on any issue personal or corps related."

Full obituary can be read here.

Added: May 1, 2020

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Updated: February 7, 2020


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The Muchachos Inc., parent organization of the Muchachos Drum & Bugle Corps, announces the continuation of the Muchachos Inc. Scholarship Awards Program. Under the Program, two (2) $500 scholarships, one to be known as "The Gerry Dionne Memorial Scholarship", and the other as "The Dick Jarvis Scholarship", will be awarded to eligible student members from the current year Corps. Students enrolled in the Corps on or after October 1st of the previous calendar year (The DCI year) are eligible.

Applicants must be accepted or enrolled in a two-year or four-year program and the funds must be used for school-related expenses, such as tuition, books, lab fees, housing, etc. For this scholarship program, first-time applicants must have the endorsement of their school's Guidance Counselor on their application, attesting that their grades are a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students may reapply for the scholarships in succeeding years if membership in the Muchachos Drum and Bugle Corps is maintained and a copy of the latest transcript is submitted.

Recipients will be selected by The Muchachos Inc. Scholarship Committee and scholarships will be awarded on or about July 15th each year, whenever the closest Drum & Bugle Corps rehearsal or event occurs.

Completed applications, as well as any questions, can be submitted to

Submission deadline: Saturday, June 1, 2020
Applications received after June 1st will not be accepted.

Download the initial scholarship application (PDF)

Download the renewal scholarship application (PDF)

Download the complete scholarship program information (PDF)

Updated: February 7, 2020


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