Tag Archives: drum corps history

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



Episode 050: Suncoast Sound

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


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.” …



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.” …



Episode 045: Madison Scouts Part II

“In 1972, the Scout’s show recreated some of the most memorable events that shaped “Old Glory’s” destiny. They also featured various historical flags of our country.
The Scouts failed to make finals at the first DCI Championship, placing 14th in the preliminary competition.” …



Episode 043: Kingston Grenadiers

“During the 1960s, many reserve force units in Canada had musical support elements or bands and, in many cases, these took the form of trumpet bands. These were, in fact, drum and bugle corps, because they used bugles.

In the case of the regimental band in Kingston, it too took this form and was part of the local militia infantry regiment known as The Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment, known in the city as the PWOR.” …



Episode 041: Long Island Sunrisers

“One evening in 1954, while sitting home studying my baritone parts, I jumped up from my chair to turn the radio up loud. What I heard was Les Paul and Mary Ford playing, “The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise”. I grabbed my phone and called Ray Nichols.
“Ray!”, I said, “I have a terrific idea! How about a new name for the corps?” …



Episode 040: Chicago Royal Airs

“Although ‘The Big Blue’ has frequently been described as having been “the greatest corps of all time”, for its members, the Royal Airs experience was always one of belonging and participating in something that was much larger than the contributions of its individual members, something that was far greater than the sum total of its parts.” …



Episode 039: Bushwackers

“In the fall of 1980, drum corps in the Eastern United States was in a decline. A mere five years before, there were a number of junior and senior corps in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. By 1980, there were fewer and even fewer would be active by 1985.

Regardless, and against all odds, an organizational meeting was held on November 8, 1980 at the Keyport American Legion. Approximately 15 people attended, plus staff and administration.
The Bushwackers were born.” …



Episode 038: Star of Indiana

“Star, as it was simply known to fans, would never have come to be had it not been for Carl Cook, son of Bill and Gayle Cook of Bloomington, Illinois. The Cooks had started up a company that grew to be a major supplier of coronary catheters for angioplasty procedures.

In 1979, Carl wanted to watch the DCI Championship Finals on PBS. His father had never seen drum corps until that fateful night from Birmingham, Alabama. The broadcast hooked them both on the activity.”