Eastern Washington Corps

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The Tri-City Columbians – Pasco, WA 1

Established: November 1955 as The

“Pasco Junior Legion Drum & Bugle Corps”

Sponsored by, and created at the Pasco American Legion Post #34

Directors: Larry Weltz, Neil Ault, and Eldon Sargent.

Manager: Earl Halverson

1961: Changed name to Pasco Columbians

1963: Changed name to The Tri-City Columbians

1955 – 1965:  All-boy corps

1966: Went co-ed

1969 – 1970: Did not field a corps

Home Show: “Cavalcade of Drums”

Disbanded: End of 1975 4

Photo: 1962 Las Vegas AL Nationals



Columbians 2012 and Beyond

2012:  A new Columbians drum corps was formed.  

This corps is distinct from the original Columbians established in 1955.






The Patriots – Spokane, WA 1

Established: 1960 as The Percussion-Nauts

Founder / Director / Percussion Instructor: Howard Robbins

1971: January – First competition as a drum corps at Optirama

1972: Changed name to The Percussion-Naut Patriots

Home Show: “Classic of Champions”

Last drum corps competition: 1974, then 1977

1975 and beyond: Performed throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe.

Did not march competitively as a drum corps (except in 1977).

Highest DCI Ranking:

1972 Open Class Prelims, 21st

1974 Open Class Prelims, 21st

Photo: 1973 Show Program











The Renaissance – Spokane, WA 4

Established: September 1975 

First Appearance: January 1976 Salem Optirama

Director: Dave Wakeley (Former Patriots DM)

Disbanded: 1980 (end of season)

Highest DCI ranking: 1980 Open Class Prelims, 27th

Photo: 1970s