The Guardsmen were formed in 1967 as a feeder corps to the Bellevue Sentinels of Bellevue, Washington. The director for the first year was the director of the Sentinels at the time, Duane C. Andrews of Bellevue, Washington. Throughout 1967 the corps performed in parades throughout the Pacific Northwest primarily as a money-making entity to help support the Sentinels.

In 1968, James C. McCormick was named as director and they entered field competition in the “C” class. The Guardsmen existed for three years under his leadership. At the end of the 1970 season James C. McCormick was named director of the Sentinels due to the retirement of Duane C. Andrews. The Guardsmen were temporarily deactivated because of this as well as for financial reasons. The Guardsmen were reactivated in 1974 by Mr. & Mrs. Bowers of Renton, Washington the parents of Jerry Bowers the current Drum Major for the Sentinels. The corps only lasted through the remainder of the 1974 season though and folded.

Submitted by Richard W. Rice (11/17/04)
Charter Member 1967


1968 Bellevue Guardsmen



1969 Guardsmen

Seattle Seafair Parade



1970 Calgary Stampede – Calgary Alberta, Canada



1970’s Guardsmen