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As a corps member of a local fire department back in the 1960's I would like to know for my grandkids and kids of my generation are there still any local corps left. In the 60's there were hundreds of corps in the north east sponsored by fire departments, VFW and other organizations. Today I only see large corps where members have to audition. In the "good ole days" any one could join and learn to play and instrument and march.

What is available to the youth today, or in fact there may be no interest.

Grenadier

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Only half of the active junior age corps in North America were on the field this summer.

The other half do parades, standstill concerts, etc.

There are quite a number of drum & bugle corps active today, that never set foot on a football field.

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Check out the North Eastern ,Saint Paticks in Smithtown had a group that completed in it ,they had very young kids and lots of money behind them .So they did very few parades 

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