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About old vanguard

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    1957-64 Skokie, Chicago, Des Plaines Vanguard - baritone & contra
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Belleville Black Knights, Blessed Sacrament
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    Phantom Regiment 2005
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season
    too many to pick only one
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  1. Game changer? Or the final nail in the D&BC coffin?
  2. 1964 VFW Inspections

    It was a slap in the face to every corps member who worked so hard to prepare for inspection. A terrible decision.
  3. The Madison Scouts used glockenspeils in the 1950s. The Quincy, IL Debutantes used a gong and a glock 1958 ('59?).
  4. Switching Corps

    After 1962, it was very rare for anyone to leave the Vanguard to join another corps. I can only recall one member from that era leaving to join another corps. When members left, it was the end of their Jr. Corps experience.
  5. Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights

    In 1965, Dreitzer arranged "When the Saints go Marchin' in" for the Vanguard. Then in 1969 the Skyliners played a terrific, but decidedly different rendition. Hy was one of a kind. Creative/innovative.
  6. Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights

    Hy arranged "Luck be a lady" and "Bill Bailey" for us in 1964. He continued writing and teaching for the corps into the1969 season. I was in the Vanguard in 1963. We were relatively young, and we were exhausted when we arrived for the show. (No excuses offered.) It was not our best effort of that season. A majority of those young Vanguards were still with them into the late 1960s.
  7. Most Successful Corps BY State

    I remember watching the Magnificent Yankees compete at the 1965 VFW Nationals in Chicago. Very impressive! They played a difficult book back then.
  8. Don't You Miss.....

    Real color guards. Flag code, inspections Patriotic flag presentation numbers. "Ungrounded" instruments. Rudimental drumming. Military footwork.
  9. Most Successful Corps BY State

    I can recall seeing members in their military uniforms marching. I cannot come up with specifics. (Which corps? Which years?) Maybe someone else can provide some details. I was in the Army in 1967 and attended several Des Plaines Vanguard appearances. I wore an Army summer khaki dress uniform to a couple of them. I was on staff, and not a marching member.
  10. Most Successful Corps BY State

    The Milstadt Crusaders put out several pretty respectable corps over the years. They were not far from Belleville, IL. I knew Mr. Creson (founder and manager of BK) slightly and was hoping to have the oppty to work with their horn line in the mid' sixties, but the Army had other plans.
  11. Most Successful Corps BY State

    Belleville BKs were mentioned in KeithHalls' original posting. I remember them well. They were one of my favorite corps in the late fifties and early sixties. Very classy, and innovative.
  12. Most Successful Corps BY State

    Illinois: Des Plaines Vanguard Royal Airs Guardsmen Norwood Park Imperials
  13. What City.....?

    Looking at the map - The Des Plaines Vanguard, the Rosemont Cavaliers and the Schaumburg Guardsmen were all within about 8-10 miles of each other. Prior to DCI, there were the Norwood Park Imperials and the Royal Airs within the same vicinity. The Chicago area was loaded with major and minor corps.
  14. List of drum corps circuits

    Illinois Drum and Bugle Corps Association IDBCA
  15. Favorite OTL (or Opening Music)

    I would add the Des Plaines Vanguard "Man of Lamancha" opening from both 1967 and 1968. But, of course, I'm a little biased.