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  2. I am sorry to hear this news. Jerry was a great enough soloist to get Maynard Ferguson's attention with his performance at the 1979 DCI finals.
  3. And, unfortunately, a black member of the Argonne Rebels was attacked by some white men in an Alabama restaurant while the corps was traveling to Miami for those American Legion Nationals.
  4. Best story about drum corps in Vegas....when Las Vegas hosted the 1962 American Legion Nationals, they actually wanted to set off an atomic explosion to signal the start of the contest. DCI did hold an outdoor show in Vegas in the summer of 1981.
  5. In the thousands of contests I have documented over the years, I did see a contest with a 3-way tie for first place. I seem to recall it was in the early 60s, possibly in Wisconsin. Searching for it would be quite time-consuming.
  6. The two corps merged in 1976, becoming the Buckeye Caballaros. They were known by that name until they folded after 1984.
  7. Here you go, Keith: August 9, 1972 Marion Cadets--78.20 Cardinals--69.40 Grenadiers--62.45 Mello-Dears--59.60 Royal Coachmen--49.20
  8. Thanks for your involvement in this, Peter. I have been interested in Jackie's case ever since I read about it in a 1968 issue of Drum Corps News.
  9. Here you go, Jim: Dear Reader, It has come to our attention that there are broken video links in the article “Drum Corps Japan Championship showcases 22 corps in three divisions” that begins on page 8 of the January 2020, Volume 48, Number 15, issue transmitted on Friday, December 20. Please be advised that you can view the entire performances of each of the 22 competitors and several guest corps directly at, courtesy of "Drum Corps Fun” (#drumcorpsfun). The photos within the article are also attl
  10. If you look at the last few pages of the monthly Drum Corps World online issues, you'll see they have a cd with the Royal Coachmen from the 1973 U. S. Open.
  11. I sat next to Tom Root 50 years ago at the Minnesota All-State Band Camp. He played tuba, and was fresh out of the University of Minnesota as a student clinician. I was a trombone player, a few years younger than Tom. You can always appreciate the good memories you had when you enjoyed drum corps some years back.
  12. John Ratzenberger (Cliff Clavin from Cheers) IS in the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame: And the corps he marched with were CT Royal Lancers and St. Ann's Loyalairs.
  13. And then there were the 1977 Bengal Lancers...... they won the DCI Class 'A' Championship on August 17. On August 27, at the UOEC Championship, they were found to have marched overage members during the year. The corps director immediately pulled them out of the Garden State Championship, which was held the very next day. DCI never did anything to punish them, despite the fact they won the DCI title. I guess all their attention was on the Bridgemen that year.
  14. Michael Trump was a member back in 1990.
  15. bluecoats88 is correct. Troopers also beat Madison during the 2007, 2008 & 2009 seasons.
  16. Blakeslee is a FANTASTIC drum corps venue! The very last time I ever spoke to Gail Royer, was in the end zone at Blakeslee on July 5, 1992. Had a great talk with him in his final year with SCV. Sadly, just 11 months later, he passed away. He told me he had no idea what he was going to do after he left the corps.
  17. Twice we had some extremely dangerous weather conditions get in the way at TCF. The first one (2010) was serious enough to keep a number of people completely away from the show in later years.
  18. I think DCI wants an indoor facility. The sound in the great outdoors was GREAT at TCF Bank, but it seems the days of major outdoor drum corps shows are gone.
  19. DCI Minnesota may move into US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis in the future.
  20. And their fine 1973 hornline (one of the best in DCI) had 23 females, out of 6o total.
  21. They sure did, Fran! When they tore off the line playing Miserlou, they had the crowd begging for more. Along with Blue Rock, Del was the most impressive corps at that show.