Trivia; HOW MARY SHIFFER CREATED THE VANGUARD IMAGE


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People are aware that The Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps is a World Class competitive drum and bugle corps. based in Santa Clara, California. But what they don't know is the history of the corps.

The corps began on the evening of March 6, 1967, when the parent-boosters of the Sparks Drum & Bugle Corps, unhappy with the corps' artistic direction, voted to shut down the corps and return the unit to being a drum and bell corps with majorettes.

After the fatal vote, three dissenting adult staff-supporters met with concerned corps members and asked them if A) they would rather continue as a drum and bugle corps, or B) become a drum and bell corps. When the members resounding chose "A," a new corps was born, and a new booster club was organized on the spot. Gail Royer, who was a music instructor for the Sparks, a local elementary music teacher, and an American Legion music judge was picked as the director for the new corps. The naming of the corps was delayed until the new group's first scheduled rehearsal, a week later. At that time, after discussing several possibilities, the members and staff named their new corps the Santa Clara Vanguard.

You can read the full history of The Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps at: http://www.dcxmuseum.org/index.cfm?view=corpslist&CorpsID=3

written by Steve Vickers, 2002-03

[Vanguard Music and Performing Arts; A History of Drum & Bugle Corps, Vickers, 2002-03; Drum Corps World, multiple issues; Drum Corps International]

A recent post on the VMPA website celebrates WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH SPOTLIGHT: MARY SHIFFER CREATES THE VANGUARD IMAGE
March 26, 2021 by Richie Rodriguez. url: https://www.scvanguard.org/womens-history-month-spotlight-mary-shiffer-creates-the-vanguard-image/

This is the story with pictures of Mary & Gail Royer and how SCV adopted their iconic Red Jacket from the previous green & red satin blouse. For two years, beginning in Jan. 1971 through Aug. 1972, Mary selflessly devoted and dedicated herself completely to creating the now iconic look of the Santa Clara Vanguard that we know today.

Santa Clara Vanguard circa 1967

1967 SC Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps - Gail Royer-Historical Footage (Los Banos May Day Parade) [Original Green/Red Blouses]

Apr 12, 2011
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv89vxTpeSk
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And here is a video with Gail Royer and a member of SCV describing the bugles used at the time and a look at their new iconic Red jackets

1973 Competitive Drum Corps -  featuring Gail Royer and the Santa Clara Vanguard [In featuring Gail Royer and the Santa Clara Vanguard.

Feb 10, 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WNYmwwbksY
What a great Old School Drum Corps film, featuring Gail Royer and the Santa Clara Vanguard.
 
Enjoy

 

 

 

 

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