Hi there. I'm Brian and marched in the mid to late 1970s. I got my start with the Iron Brigade out of Madison Heights, Michigan as a soprano player, but then moved on to the St. Clair Shores Vanguards (yes, with a final "s") when Iron Brigade collapsed. Then, the Vanguards folded, and I moved on to the Windsor Guardsmen, (a/k/a the Rose City Guardsmen, but we don't like to talk about that). I marched lead soprano for them in 1976 and then became the backfield drum major in 1977. Then ... the corps folded. Do you see a trend here? I went back to playing lead soprano and went to Toronto to march with the Oakland Crusaders, and marched my final year with 27th Lancers.
I am sometimes asked if I marched the 27th reunion show in 1994. I was there to see it, but unfortunately, I did not march. I tell people it was because I was living in Michigan at the time (which is true). Then again, perhaps it may have had something to do with the staff and members remembering how I played and marched.
I wrote drill for my college my senior year and a small high school for a while in Missouri when I entered real life.
I have been a lifelong fan of drum corps and attend several shows a year including all the DCI championships since DCI moved to Indiana (a benefit of living in central Ohio) as well as a few other championships along the way. I took a break from attending shows in the mid-1990s through the early part of the 2000s, mostly to raise my family.
Even though my handle is Jurassic Lancer, I am not a "get off my lawn" sort of fan. Yes, I remember what corps was like BITD, but I greatly appreciate (for the most part) the innovations I see and hear on the field today.
I should update this for full disclosure. For the past couple of years, I have been going to Granville, OH to watch Bluecoats' Spring Training so I have become much more invested their program and thus, I have pretty much become a Bluecoats homer, though first and foremost, I am a drum corps fan, and can retain at least some objectivity.