Scout House Alumni, Cadets Performing At St. John’s Reunion

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Both Preston Scout House Band and Cadets youth drum line, of Cambridge, Ontario will entertain former members of St. John’s drum and bugle corps on Sunday, September 15 during the Brantford group’s 60th anniversary reunion Music In Motion field show.

All participants in Music In Motion are invited to attend a continental breakfast Sunday morning at 11 am allowing plenty of time to socialize and visit with drum corps friends from past and present before the field show. The afternoon show will include all participating drum lines performing the rudimental classic Three Camps and massed horn lines performing the alumni show signature tune You’ll Never Walk Alone.

The performance during the St. John’s reunion is in keeping with the Scout House mandate to support and stimulate interest in drum and bugle corps activity in southern Ontario. Scout House has performed at similar events over the years in support of such groups as Midlanders Alumni of London, Optimists Alumni of Toronto and Durham Girls alumni drum and bugle corps.

St. John’s began in 1953 as an all-girl drum and bugle corps at Brantford Catholic High School and competed in various forms until 2006, winning a number of provincial, national and World Open titles and frequently finishing near the top of its category in Drum Corps International (DCI) championship tournaments. St. John’s still operates as a competitive winter colour guard.

The appearance in Brantford extends the Scout House summer field show performance schedule two weeks beyond the normal wrap up on Labour Day weekend during the Drum Corps Associates (DCA) Alumni Spectacular field concert, held this year at Navy – Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland on Sunday, September 1. Scout House has performed in the Alumni Spectacular, featuring the best-known alumni corps of Canada and the United States, 11 times since its debut at the event in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 2002.

Although the field show season winds up in Brantford, Scout House will be on the march well into late November with a schedule that includes the Kitchener/Waterloo Oktoberfest Parade on Thanksgiving Day Monday, October 14 and three Christmas parades in late November in Cambridge, Guelph and Mississauga.

Regular Sunday afternoon percussion and brass rehearsals will resume on September 22 at the Preston Knights of Columbus building, the Band’s winter rehearsal facility located at 333 Speedsville Road. Guard training sessions are held on Tuesday evenings throughout the winter. Preston Scout House Cadets training takes place each Wednesday evening at Scout House building on Queenston Road.

For more information about Preston Scout House Band, contact Activities Director Nancy Weiler at telephone (519) 653-3376, email prestonscouthouseband [dot] adm [at] sympatico [dot] ca or visit the Web site at

Information about Preston Scout House Cadets is available from Jim Pratt at: kusankusho [at] hotmail [dot] com

Posted by on Saturday, September 7th, 2013. Filed under Current News, DCA News, FrontPage Feature.