My two older brothers joined a Garden State Circuit corps... the Raiders of 88 from Highland Park, NJ, next town over from where we lived... in 1967.
The corps disbanded after that '67 season.... but I remember going to some shows that summer to see them. That was my first exposure to drum corps that I recall.
Longer story shorter.... one of my brothers ended up with an Eastern States Circuit junior corps... Sacred Heart Crusaders from Manville, NJ, starting with the 1969 season. My other brother joined a somewhat larger organization called the U.S. Air Force.
I then joined the Crusaders for 1971. Six seasons there, then the Long Island Sunrisers DCA corps for six more, starting with 1977. (My one brother and several other people I had marched with in Manville had moved on to the Sunrisers.)
My last season on the field was 1982, at age 24. Started announcing shows in 1983. The rest, I suppose, is history. LOL.