Episode 055: Toronto Optimists

” The Toronto Optimists actually began life as a Boy Scout Band. A Toronto District scouting commissioner named Al Baggs woke up one morning in 1955 and saw the writing on the wall. Most of the scouts in the band would be aging out of scouting. Baggs decided that the scout band needed to be reorganized with a new sponsor to help march into the future.” …

 

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Episode 054: Skokie Indians

“The Skokie, IL, American Legion Post No. 320 Indians Drum and Bugle Corps was organized in 1947 and was manned almost entirely by World War I veterans. Some of the original members were formerly with the Evanston, IL, American Legion Post No. 42 drum and bugle corps. World War II veterans began appearing at rehearsals in 1949.” …

 

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Episode 053: Colts

“To those who knew him, the grin on his face gave away what was about to happen. Greg Orwoll had just emerged from the Drum Corps International office at Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Mississippi, and paced the end zone with his corps, awaiting the announcement of the score.” …

 

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Episode 052: Vasella Musketeers

“Isn’t it amazing how you can always remember the moment your life changed forever?
For me, it was Memorial Day 1955 and I was at the Holy Cross Cemetary in Yeadon, Pa. …”
-Joe Marrella

 

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Episode 051: Racine Scouts

” In the fall of 1927, a group of men from the legendary Boys of 76 joined with Leaders of Scouting to start what has now become the oldest junior drum and bugle corps in the country.” …

 

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Episode 050: Suncoast Sound

“Suncoast Sound existed for 18 years, from 1979 to 1997. A lot happened in that span of time.”

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Episode 049: Connecticut Hurricanes

“Drum corps records will show that the Connecticut Hurricanes Senior Drum and Bugle Corps originated in 1955. However, it was back in 1932 that the roots of the corps actually took place.” …

 

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Episode 048: Anaheim Kingsmen

“The Anaheim Kingsmen began their existence as Boy Scout Troop 72 Drum and Bugle Corps from Anaheim, CA in 1958, before changing their name to the Anaheim Scouts in 1963.” …

 

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Episode 047: Belleville Black Knights

“The Black Knights were organized in the spring of 1953 when Forrest “Dad” Creson and Vern Poole combined their talents and ideas to form an all-male junior drum and bugle corps in Belleville, Illinois.” …

 

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Episode 046: Casper Troopers

“In the November 24, 1957 ‘Casper Morning Star’, the call for 10 little Indian girls went out. On this day, Jim Jones invited applicants to try out for the newly organized Casper Junior Drum & Bugle Corps. As part of the already formed musical corps, an all-girl color guard, dressed in Indian costumes, was envisioned.

Imagine Troopers of the 11th Ohio Cavalry combined with “Injun” girls bearing the colors of our nation. It was the beginning of a drum corps legend.” …

 

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