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27 minutes ago, Mikah said:

 I joined the Imperial Guard in '81. 

When I first saw Imperial Guard warming up at 1980 DCI Midwest, a number of my friends (who had marched the Scouts in '79) thought I-G was the Boston Crusaders.

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Funny, our open in '81 was Conquest, which is a Boston Crusaders classic. Maybe our founders were channeling the Crusaders, and maybe that's why I love Boston so much today. LOL We shared a gym floor with the Madison Scouts in '81 or '82, on a Texas tour.

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I still have an Imperial Guard patch (just like your avatar).  I think I bought it at Whitewater.

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Am I remembering correctly that James Curnow was on the Imperial Guard staff back then??

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3 hours ago, Northern Thunder said:

Am I remembering correctly that James Curnow was on the Imperial Guard staff back then??

I don't know. I've heard the name, but I don't know if there is an IG connection. I didn't march their 1st year. I do know we had some talented people behind us like, Larry Kerchner, who wrote Emerald Eyes for us, Tom Roe, who wrote our drill designs, and George Tuthill, who handled our percussion arrangements.

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Tom Roe lived in Minnesota, and was an instructor with just about every corps that came out of the state.

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Tom Roe wanted the horns and guard to cartwheel onto the 50, and then fall back into each others arms, like a zipper.  We tried it a few times before it was nixed from the show. 

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Guess it was sort of genetic. Watched my dad and 3 older brothers in the Pittsburgh Rockets. That's what I wanted to some day do, and I did.

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