Random Encounters with Drum Corps Fans
Posted 09 October 2011 - 08:34 AM (#1)
I've had two encounters recently, both a complete and wonderful surprise:
Heading in for jury duty, wearing a Madison Scouts hat; guard at the security check-point noticed the hat and mentioned his brother had marched with Chordaliers back in the '70s. Twenty minute conversation followed, instant friend. Next day, same courthouse, I wore my Troopers 2011 DCI shirt and met a state prosecuter that marched Racine Scouts. Another wonderful conversation, another instant friend.
Yesterday, I was helping my Aunt with work around her property for the day. Headed out for lunch at a little restaurant called Helen's Kitchen in Waupun, WI. While checking out, I put my Scouts hat back on... and was immediately asked if I had a son in the Scouts. Three ladies at a table next to us were also Drum Corps fans! One had a son in the Scouts (and was beaming with pride at seeing my hat) and another marched Star of Indiana in '91. I was listening to the '91 season on my way to Waupun that morning!
I wanted to stay and talk, but we still had a ton of work to do - I did grab my CDs and run back in, only to find they had left also (I didn't see which way they went).
So, to the ladies I met in Helen's Kitchen: You made my day a whole lot better, and hopefully our encounter made your's a brighter one too.
There's bound to be hundreds of tales like these out there - what Random, Unexpected Encounters have you had recently?
Posted 09 October 2011 - 08:39 AM (#2)
Not recent but my fav: Work for US Navy as a civilian and went to Iceland to set up a computer. Go to a meeting and guy from my group is there doing rudiments on the back of a chair. Someone asks if he was a drummer and he says he was with a drum corps. I ask which one and he replies with my old corps name. Turns out my group was inactive for a year and his last year was year before they went inactive..... and my first year was the year when then started back up.
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Posted 09 October 2011 - 09:55 AM (#3)
Years after running into an older gentleman at various Frank Lloyd Wright events, and knowing for some time that he was an architect, I found out he had marched in the 1950s in Chicago's Norwood Park Imperials, which used to be The Cavaliers' main competition in the Midwest. He's now designing an addition for me that I hope to build some day.
The day after the 1999 DCI World Championships in Madison, I stopped at the IKEA store in the northwest Chicago suburb of Schaumburg and ended up parking next to the Madison Scouts souvie truck.
Posted 09 October 2011 - 11:06 AM (#4)
I've had lots of positive connections with other individuals who had actually heard of drum corps. It's always nice to meet someone who knows about this activity! Great thread!
EDIT: Totally forgot to attach my recent story. I coach a National Championship caliber Junior ROTC drill team program at my school. The Marine Corps Instructor of our program likes stopping to talk with random students when possible and he had cornered a few of our band's color guard kids. I came over and introduced myself and found out that one of the young men had come off a season marching with the Madison Scouts. We traded rifles (mine is a demilitarized M1903A3 weighing QUITE a bit more than their rifles) and that was fun haha! Very cool to have kids in our student body marching drum corps. Then again, the program at our high school is relatively well-known and a consistently stronger band in the state of Indiana.
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Posted 09 October 2011 - 01:00 PM (#5)
Also had a guy in my restaurant last week who marched Rochester Patriots and BD. That conversation started when I asked his dining part era where they were from and chatted about New Jersey for a few minutes. They asked where I had visited in NJ, and all the corps towns came up. It was Bayonne and Garfield that caught his attention.
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Posted 09 October 2011 - 01:13 PM (#6)
It turned out to be two guys we had met earlier in the summer from Holy Name, who were also walking around gawking.
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