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How Did You Start in Drum Corps?

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Here's my story, what is yours?

 

 

Back in 1968 I was out riding my bike when I heard drums and then music. I raced over a busy road and traveled through the neighborhood to locate this music. Marching down Leah Avenue (near Rescue Fire Co.5 in North Tonawanda, NY) I saw a man carrying three very large drums and another carrying two drums. I watched as they marched down the street. I remember thinking I wanted to do that! In 1969 we moved into a new area of our city and in 1970 at a park a block away, two drum and bugle corps were putting on an exhibition. I saw the Getzville Suburban Knights and the Royal Coachmen perform. I wanted to do that! 

In June 1971 my father and I went to the Sweeney Hose Field Day parade and we talked to the corps director and drum major about joining. The next Tuesday I attended my first rehearsal and that was it for me. My parents tried to get me to quit from 1974 to 1976 but I stayed at it and became a soloist. My vacations were traveling to Canada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois. Even though I am not on staff of a corps anymore I miss those days and the friends I had. 

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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. :tongue:

I then joined the Crusaders for 1971.  Six seasons there, then the Long Island Sunrisers DCA corps for six more, starting with 1977.

My last season on the field was 1982, at age 24. Started announcing shows in 1983. The rest, I suppose, is history.  LOL.

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My high school band director (horn instructor) and drum major (mello player) were with the Long Island Kingsmen  and asked me to come and check it out.  The rest is history!!!

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"In the Begining:"

My Dad took me to tht old Barnum Festivals "Parade Of Champions"  senior show way back in 57 or 58.  Vaugely remember Hawthorne, Princemen, Geneva Appleknockers and  Conn Yankees.  A year later the Bridgeport PAL Cadets held their junior show wit St Vincents Cadets and some other leaders of the day.  Our parish had started a parade corps and I was hooked.

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