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  1. "Girls in the Line": Argonne wasn't alone in the co-ed hornline biz. BOTH the corps I marched in way back in the "60's", the Parish unit and the Lancers had "Girls" in the hornline, (Myself included), as did the Troopers (From day one I believe), and St Mathias Cadets. Love the articles you post here. Great memories. Elphaba
  2. "Veterans Best": Pretty much concur, although VFW Dallas 1971 comes mighty close with Santa Clara Vanguard, Troopers, 27th Lancers, Blue Rock, Anahiem Kingsmen, Argonne Rebels, Garfield Cadets, Madison Scouts, Blue Stars, Boston Crusaders, St Paul Scouts and Bellville Black Knights. End of a great era. Raise a glass!!!! Bottoms up. Elphaba
  3. "Boston Drum Corps Weekend 1971": CYO Nationals, the World Open and the Danny Thomas Invitational. ALL the major junior players in that last year of "Pre DCI" Championships" went head to head for three slugfests in a row. Blue Rock marched off with the CYO flag and the 27th Lancers out pointed the fields at the World Open and the Danny Thomas. The two days of 1978 DCI Prelims in Boulder Colorado get our "Honorable Mention", primarily for the number of excellent corps that did NOT make it into the night show. Great memories. Elphaba
  4. "I.C. Reveries to 27th Lancers" "Legend" has it that the "I.C" Reveries (of 1966 VFW sitin fame), continued through the 1967season participating in the World Open show (Among others), and the instructors, members and the eventual director of "Two Seven" the late George Bonfiglio (Who had been a quartermaster for Revere), founded the Lancers in the Fall of that year. "Legend" also has it that there was another "Reveries" junior corps that continued until the 1974 season, after which most of it's membership were absorbed by the 27th Lancers. If there are any Reveries, or Lancers alums out there PLEASE jump in and lend clarification to all of this. Elphaba
  5. "Getzen Deluxe": Only had my trusty Getzen Deluxe GD valve slide bass baritone for 7 years, way back in the day. Didn't worry too much about "Overblowing". Joe Genero and Hy Drietzer usually said we weren't playing LOUD ENOUGH!!!!!! Elphaba
  6. DCI trivia question

    "Maybe Crossmen": "Bones" was my other choice. I didn't want to put too many picks down. Troopers over their long career have beaten almost everyone at one time or another, particularly in the "Dynasty" years (1965-1974), as a lot of todays "World Beaters" were on the rise. I have a memory of Crossmen having wins against almost all the "Giants" at one time or another, or holding them to a tie. Elphaba
  7. Shows that you wish made finals

    "Wishing, and Hoping.....": 1972 Madison Scouts. They had a really rough start, but picked up enough momentum and members that by DCI time they could have slipped into the first ever Finals. Another near miss that innaugural year were the resurgent Bellville Black Knights. The prior evening they had managed to beat DesPlaines Vanguard, the Bleu Raeders and Garfield Cadets, all of whom got past them in DCI Prelims. Elphaba
  8. DCI trivia question

    Blue Stars & Troopers Elphaba
  9. What Year Stood Out For You?

    "Pivitol Years": INDEED!!!!!!!!!!! St Mary's Cardinals and St Joe's of Batavia had great seasons with the Card's over St Kevins many times, and St Josephs and the Cardinals great showings at VFW Prelims and Finals. The "Rise of the Casper Troopers" kicked in at World Open Prelims when their Marching excellence GASSED the AM crowd, and their near miss for Finals (To crosstown rival PAL Cadets) got them the opening exibition slot in the night show. The rest is history. It was indeed the "Best of times" to be part of junior Drum Corps!!!!!!!!!!! Elphaba
  10. What Year Stood Out For You?

    "Standout Season": 1964. Yeah, a very long time ago. That year to me was THE most incredibly competitive season ever in my short drum corps experience. Everybody was beating everybody else, with Racine Kilties "Out of Nowhere" win at VFW, Boston Crusaders torrid win streak going into VFW Nationals, Chicago Royal Airs staying penalty free at the VFW's "Singer Bowl" show to win (St Kevins, Kilties and Chicago Cavaliers all sufered from the penalty hits), and St Kevins Emerald Knights upset win at the Dream show. The great "Comebacks" of SKEK and Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights at the World Open, with Sac's Prelim win, and St Kevins tremendous show at Finals, which I thought they had won. Great memories. Elphaba
  11. "DCA Champ Fave:" Quite possible the very first one at Milford's John Law HS in 1965. Not the greatest of locales, but "VERY up close and personnal" with the corps, as the concert side bleachers were so close, and the sell out crowd, both sides got me a seat on the sideline grass at the "50", with the super soloists of the day seranading me only a few feet away!!!!!!!!!! One of my best ever drum corps memories!!!!!!!!!! Elphaba
  12. 2018 Staff Announcements (new thread)

    "Big Announcement fro Chicago": Hey: How about "G BUGLES!!!!!!!!!!!" Elphaba
  13. When did halftime get hijacked?

    "WCU's Imcomparables": INDEED!!!!!! THE "Drum Corps Style" college band, or at least the most like one I've ever seen. I understand their director wrote/arranged Hawthorne Caballeros shows the last couple of years, Elphaba
  14. Never Forget

    "Never Forget": Thank you Madison Scouts and DCP. Truly a wonderfull tribute to those we lost. Elphaba
  15. Missing!

    "Radiohead": Are they like Herman's Hermits, or the Rolling Stones or the Beatles?????? Elphaba
  16. Missing!

    "Malaga & Maleguena": Wouldn't mind hearing those two old chestnuts again. Maybe Hawthorne's Alumni corps will get Larry Kerchner to pen a chart for them. On G BUGLES too!!!!!!!!!!!! Elphaba
  17. 2017 DCA Finals

    "Southern Knights": WAAAAAAAYYYYYY back in 1990, an UK corps called "Southern Knights" made the trip over the pond to take in DCA. They were in a show in Connecticut prior to the Championship and achieved a 82 + (12the place) in DCA Prelims, not enough to qualify for Finals. I don't remember if they were designated an "International Champ" or not. Anybody out there have a clue????? Elphaba
  18. 2017 DCA Finals

    "Moved On": Did not know he had left. Thanks for the info. Joe had marched with Park City Pride Alumni at the begining of the corps run. Last trip we were able to make "Back Home", he was still Top Cop. Thanks again. Elphaba
  19. 2017 DCA Finals

    "Not a Bad Summer": The person mentioned as a member of the DCI and DCA 1981 Champion is also now the Chief of Police in Bridgeport. His Dad (Also a Bridgeport cop) was a snare drummer for the old Stratford Yankees and Bridgeport Troopers senior corps as well as a drum instructor for two of our cross town rivals, the olde St Raphael's Buccaneers and PAL Cadets. Elphaba
  20. 50 Years ago this weekend

    "Great Memories": Thanks for posting. Hurricanes won the "Big One" (As well as the Legion and Dream Championships), and did it in front of the "Home Town Crowd" in olde Bridgeport. Elphaba
  21. 2017 DCA Prelims Discussion

    "Skokie Indians": WAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY "Back in the day " the MidWest had a "Threepeat" Legion National Champ in the form of the old Skokie Indians. They beat the best seniors of the day 1955-57 for the "Orange Flag", and their streak was only stopped by Hawthorne in 1958. They became the "Men of Brass" senior corps in the mid 1960's and did try to mix it up with the early DCA pack, sadly without much success. Elphaba
  22. "Matt & Moe": Buddies indeed!!!!!!!! Elphaba
  23. Highlights of Your DC Days

    "LesDiplomates": 1964 World Senior Open Finals: Dips absoultly GASSED the overflow crowd with that "Revolving Box" drill feature and their great GE program!!!!!!! Great memories!!!!!! Elphaba
  24. Best slow solo ever?

    "Dinosaur & Fossils" Can't leave out baritone legends Billy Hightower (Who marched with Ironlips in St Catherine's and the LI Sunrisers), and his fab solo's in "Tin Roof Blues, Black Bottom and Sing Sing Sing", as well as AirForceMan John Simpson, and his "Summertime" solo (Along with Tommy Martin) and the legendary Simpson "Rhapsody in Blue" indie solo which is on the flip side of the Fleetwood Skyliner "Portrait on Brass" record. Soprano legend Tommy Martin also solo's on thst old Fleetwood disc with "You made me love you", and his tripple tounging feature. What is even more legendary is the fact that these guys achieved what they did playing on the 1960's Getzen GD Valve/slide BUGLES, and they required NO AMPLIFICATION!!!!!!!! All of this great legendary talent can be found on the Fleetwood remakes CD's, "Brass by Night" the Skyliner 1962 concert recoriding and the Air Force Disc. Enjoy Elphaba
  25. Measure of success

    "Measues of Success": Your self esteem is/was in direct proportion to your placement at VFW, Legion, CYO, World Open, Bluegrass, Mid-America, DCA, and DCI Finals. Elphaba