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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. What bugles. are the Alumni corps playing. Do different corps use different instruments. I was a child of the 60's an played a single valve with rotary. Just curious. Grenadier
  2. I wonder even if they had a show would anyone come. I know I would and several other old timers. I think the Sunrisers are just about the last remaining corps on the island.
  3. How many of you will be going to a 4th of July Parade? I know I won't. Who wants to sit and listen to a row of million dollar fire trucks sounding their sirens. There may be a bag pipe band, or perhaps one old timers drum corps. But, nothing else. In the 60's there were dozens of corps and bands marching in the Patchogue Parade. There was us the Medford FD Golden Grenadiers, the Selden Cadets, West Sayville Golden Eagles and others at times including the Bohemia Checkmates, Skylarks, and of course the state champion North Patchogue Fire Department Band. Almost all Volunteer Fire Departments had a band or corp. But, alas the music has died here on Long Island. Remembering the good ole days, Grenadier
  4. It's not the fact that the music teachers got involved, it's a matter of taste in music and marching style. I particularly like precision, not the modern dance style of today's corps. I enjoy marches by John Philips Sousa. I like the sound of the old time corps and I hate the sound of the modern corps. It's just a matter of taste, and you'll probably say I have none. But, it's my taste. I'll give you that the new corps are comprised of more talented individuals. But, in my opinion they lack soul. Grenadier
  5. Most of members were loyal to our local corps in 1965. One year our soloist left our corps to join the Selden Cadets. He found out the being a small fish in a bigger pond wasn't as much fun as playing with his friends, and being the big fish. He had to get voted back in. We each cast a white or black ball. Luckily, for him he wasn't black balled out of the corps. Grenadier
  6. I had never heard of them either. Just curious if any one did. But, apparently they won the 1956 Senior VFW Championship listing them right up there with Lt. Norman Prince and Reilly Raiders
  7. As the subject states has anyone heard of the Tiago ThunderBirds?
  8. As the subject states has anyone heard of the Tiago ThunderBirds?
  9. I wonder if it is lack of participation or sponsorship? Years ago organization like the Catholic Church, VFW, and local fire departments would sponsor corps.
  10. Any other forum members march with a Long Island Drum and Bugle Corps. If so, what corps and era did you march with the corps. I marched with the Medford Golden Grenadiers in the 60's. We went from a fire department parade corps with drums, horns and glocks to an M&M corps. Grenadier.
  11. Hanging out at home with the stomach flu, I've had some time to do a little research. Bored as hell. But, further on this topic, I check out corpsreps page and it listed over 1400 junior corps and 700 senior corps. And checking into a sampling of them a lot of these corps existed in the 50's, 60's and 70's. A lot of them were local corps. Some large some small. Drum and Bugle Corps were a live and well. Does any on have any stats on the number of today's corps? Locally, on Long Island, NY there used to be dozens. Now there is only the Sunrisers. Heck the NY Skyliners even moved to Pennsylvania. And don't give the line about high school bands. They don't keep the kids off the street in the summer. Grenadier
  12. I'm going to say 1970. Not only due to changes in rules and instruments. But, the attitude of the nation. There was the Vietnam War and kids didn't want to march with the local corps. Many of the children of fellow corps members including myself never wanted to participate. I guess it wasn't cool anymore. Corps was more then marching and music. It was being part of a team. With the loss of the smaller feeder corps, the larger corps also died off on Long Island. We know have the larger regional corps, with a more band sound and professional choreography.
  13. Fran, Big W, I realize the talent level of today's corps far exceed that of the old time drum corps. And yes we did have mallet percussion, glockenspiels, but we got rid of them. You say the sound of the piston rotor is inferior to today's trumpet. But, I played both and the sound from the bugle had a great brass sound. And, there was nothing like coming off the line in military like formation. The sound of today's corps do not thrill me like the sound of the old time corps. The hornline of the Cambridge Caballeros, Blessed Sacrament, Skyliners and the rest was sharp and crisp. I guess it a matter of taste and "age". It seems like now members of the corps are all music majors and dance majors off for the summer. Back in the day we were just a bunch of kids staying out of trouble and having a great time. Thanks for letting an old timer rant. Grenadier
  14. I must say that after listening and watching youtube videos of the Selden Cadets, Cambridge Caballeros, Skyliners and Hawthorn Caballeros from the 60's there is no comparison to the old time drum corps. Today's drum corps basically sucks. Today's drum corps don't have the soul that the old time drum corps have, and the M&M is more dance than marching. And get rid of the xylophones. They really such. And learn to march. Just a rant from an old timer.
  15. As Jay suggested, I did check out the bands sites and noted that in many parts of the country, like New Jersey the band circuit seems alive and well. But, there seems to be no activity on Long Island, New York. In the past Long Island was more rural and perhaps more community oriented, maybe that is why it died. In the summer, local fire departments would have a parade and fair or carnival. There were at least one or two parades a week. In those parades local corps would march. Either for the sponsoring fire department or paid by another department or group. Out of these corps evolved local M&M circuits. I joined my corps when I was twelve. Yes there were and are school bands, but nothing like the drum and bugle corps back then. I'm glad to see in other parts of the country, music is still alive. But, as you all know corps is more then music. I have a 9 year old grandson who is aspiring drummer who I would like to see experience it too. Grenadier