Grenadier

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About Grenadier

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    Medford Golden Grenadiers - Early 60's 7 yrs
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Blessed Sacrement, Skyliners, Garfield Cadets, Hawthorne
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    Blessed Sacrements
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season
    Brass by Night

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  1. It is pathetic. The volunteer fire department that sponsored my drum corps for over 30 years just had it 95th anniversary parade and there were no bands or corps that Marcheday. So tell me that corps is alive and well. You got to wake up to the fact that traditional corps is dead. Only the Broadway version exists, amplified and elitist. You got audition and pay to belong. It is not drum corps.
  2. Frank, respectfully, there is no longer any Long Island drum corps. With the exception of the Sunrisers.
  3. Apparently, not much about drum corps on Long Island!
  4. Don't bother because you ignorant of the facts. There use to be dozens of corps on Long Island. The Skyliners, Sunrisers, Smithtown Freelancers and Plebes, the Golden Grenadiers, Portsman, Czechmates, West Sayville Golden Eagles, the Lindenhurst Legionaires, and dozens more. Now there is only one corps on Long Island, the Sunrisers. Explain that HBD! If drum corps is alive and well. Why does in not exist on an island with over 2 million people. Get over yourself. Grenadier
  5. You missed my point. It's not that the kids today don't have heart and soul. Sure they put everything they have into it. They are probably more talented then the average drum corps member in the '60's. What I am saying that the corps in the 60's had your everyday kids join. They joined because they wanted to be a part of something. Some didn't even know how to play. A number of us older corps members became the instructors. Almost every town with in a 10 mile radius had a corps. They were small. The heart and soul of the corps is not only the music and performance. It about the spirit of the corps, the team spirit and the friendships. The feeling that when you enter the field that your doing your best because to paraphrase "Drumline" when one sounds bad you all sound bad". Also, personally I like the sound of the earlier corps. But, that's my taste. Maybe my problem is I long for the days of community and hometown spirit which has been lost around these parts for years. Grenadier
  6. I have posted in this forum trying to understand why drum corps as I know it has died, and I am sad to say that after hearing the responses, I must agree, it has changed into something else that I don’t like. I first want to say, that I was from a small local corps. We were sponsored by a local volunteer fire department. Most of went to the same school, and our parents were members of the local volunteer fire departments. The corps was formed in the 50’s and marched into the 80’s. Uncle Bert as he was known was the director for all those years. We were like family. We marched in local parades, participated in local M&M Circuits and performed at little league openings and special events. All we needed was a school bus and a step van for the equipment. There were no dues or fees. We raised money through fund drives going door to door or on standing on main street. You can’t compare the local corps to Hawthorne, the Skyliners, or Blessed Sacrament. We weren’t in the same league. But, we had spirit and drive. As for the corps of today, it’s like the music of today. It may be technically better. But, I don’t like it. I like the Hassles when Billy Joel was the keyboard player. It was just good old “Rock and Roll”. Just like the corps of the 60’s. So, what I’m saying is that sure in most people’s opinion today’s corps rock, I just miss my old time drum corps and wish it could live on. The sound was like rock and roll. But, I feel that our legacy is leaving out the very heart and soul of drum corp. The local kids who want to play in a corps. Not just those talented few. Grenadier
  7. It'seems just this way is leaving a lot of kids behind.
  8. Jeff, you sound like urgent not a fan of the good old days. It was never about the money. It was about the corps.
  9. I have always stated that today's corps are much more talented than the corps from the 60's and 70's. But, a lot of us were just a bunch of guys and girls from the local towns who joined a corps because we saw a corps performing in a parade or show. We were local kids who maybe played a trumpet in the school band. The corps was a group of friends getting together to have fun. We learned about esprit de corps. We went to see larger corps like the Skyliners and Hawthorne at the Dream. We tried to be our best. Probably the best players in our corps may have been able to pass an audition for one of today's corps. But for must of us, we wouldn't make the cut. But, again we weren't majors or performing arts majors. But, the sounds that came out the corps of the 60's and 70's was great. It had it's own distinct sound. Give me the sound of the Blessed Sacrament hornline any day. I'm not trying to take anything away from the corps of today. But, I don't like there sound or look. Just my opinion, Grenadier
  10. I just keep thinking back to a time there were hundreds, no thousands of corps at all levels, from the small local corps to the Giants, like the hawthorn or the skyliners. They were local corps and it was just as much about the spirit of the corps as the music. We took in anybody who was eager to be a part of the corp. We taught them how to play an instrument. Now it seems it is only available to select few who have to audition for a spot in a limited number of corps. I can't celebrate the future that excludes a lot of people who cannot make a slot in a corps. Drum Corps was as much about the spirit of working together as it was the music. Grenadier
  11. Jeff, you are correct to some extent. I was in corps in the sixties and later a volunteer fireman. We got no benefits. We did it for the community. There were no problems attracting volunteers or members for the corps. Then something changed. I am talking about Long Island New York. Today they have a hard time attracting volunteers, volunteers get pensions and benefits. They have the best equipment, million dollar trucks. Almost every officer gets a vehicle. They could certainly support a corps or band. Maybe I am tainted by where I live.
  12. I would like to think that groups like the local volunteer fire departmentstation or vfw would fund the groups. The question is if it was funded would the kids join.?
  13. We just had a 4th of July parade in my hometown and there were no high school bands. Schools out. The summer was prime drum corpset season. So what are the kids who like to play and march doing if they didn't get accepted by a corps. In the 60'same the 4th of July parade had a dozen or more corps and field depth entry bands. No more. I think there is a need to bring back the local corps programs. Grenadier
  14. We just had a 4th of July parade in my hometown and there were no high school bands. Schools out. The summer was prime drum corpset season. So what are the kids who like to play and march doing if they didn't get accepted by a corps. In the 60'same the 4th of July parade had a dozen or more corps and field depth entry bands. No more. I think there is a need to bring back the local corps programs. Grenadier