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  • Birthday 10/08/1957

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  1. There's many, many of those who can be described as the "really good people" of drum corps present and past, but Jim stands out even among that fine group. Jim was kind enough to write for and assist one of the small corps I was working with in the late 70s. Our staff was completely blown away with his professionalism and never once did he look down on us because we didn't have 60 horns or were even close to being a contender. Happy 80th to this drum corps legend.
  2. From the article: Bruce Tietgen was a snare drummer during the Corps’ formative years in the mid-1950s and guided it to the first national championship as our drum major in 1957. His leadership qualities caused Don Warren to recruit him into the management ranks during the championship decade of the 1960s, seeing him rise to Executive Vice President by the early 1970s. He continued to be a source of guidance to subsequent drum majors, marching members, corps managers, and Don Warren himself through many years. Upon his passing several years ago, he bequeathed the Corps its largest donatio
  3. Early 70s Des Plaines Vanguard - John McClellan. Showman on the field. I didn't march under him, but watched several rehearsals during that time and there was no question he was in charge and had the full attention of the entire corps.
  4. Certainly one of the most memorable soloists in DCI history. Prayers for a full recovery.
  5. Finally, an alternative to re-runs of 90 Day Fiance on Saturday nights.(I'm disturbingly hooked on that train wreck) Thanks for the heads up. I'll be tuned in.
  6. I'm probably in the minority, but I always thought of the Muchachos as overrated in 75. The same BATW hornline as 74, but they had some weak links. I don't think they were even all that close to Madison and SCV in the days going into DCI Philly and even the Cavaliers were on their tail, which may have prompted the narc-out...I dunno, just speculating. Anyway, yes, PR was very enjoyable in 75. We got a very early season look at them in the new unis, capes, etc and they were impressive. Hungarian Dance was a short and sweet number and Tannhauser (sp?) was a delight. I think that may have
  7. Nothing any worse than what the Ayatollah makes for us at home today. This woman uses the smoke detector as a timer.
  8. One of the best drum corps How We Met stories ever. Prayers and Best Wishes for both of you.
  9. I don't particularly care for arm pits,, peach pits or being in the pits, but don't have anything against drum corps pits. They serve a purpose. No idea how to go about it, but I do wish they could be little more mobile. Corps setting them up someplace other than front and center was a start.
  10. You never cease to crack me up. 😁 Thanks for making my Friday.
  11. That's how I remember the rule. It affected me in '79.
  12. I didn't know Vicki personally, but knew of her in the 80s. I also hadn't known that she passed last year. God Bless her and congratulations to all of the inductees. I've never quite figured out why in all these years, but Phantom just comes across to me as one of the proudest organizations in the history of drum corps.
  13. Agreed. At least someone is throwing ideas out there. Everything from drum corps to baseball to going to work every day will have to change and adapt, even if means a step backwards in some people's eyes.