Honorary PNW Corps

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Honorary PNW Pre-1960s Corps


The corps listed on this page were active in the Pacific Northwest drum corps scene during the 60s and 70s.





The Golden Skyliners – Great Falls, Montana

Established: October 11, 1952

Where: American Legion Post #3, Great Falls MT

Director/Manager: Del Thurber (1952 – 1976)

1952: Known as – The American Legion Junior Drum & Bugle Corps of 

Loy J. Molumby Post #3, Great Falls (or any variation thereof)

1960-61: Did not field a corps47

1968: Now called the Golden Skyliners Jr D&BC of AL Post #3

Montana State Junior Drum Corps Champions in 1953, 54, and 1956 thru 1959

Disbanded: 1982

The Golden Skyliners were ever present on the PNW drum corps

scene in the 1970’s and were a member of the NWDCA.

Photo:  1969 or ’70



Great Falls Scouts – Great Falls, Montana

Explorer Post #21

Established: January 1961

Sponsor: Boy Scouts of America

Musical Director: Lloyd Murray

M&M Instructor: Captain Ted Simmons, USAF

At the time, only one of two Boy Scout drum corps in the PNW.

PNW Drum Corps Activities

1962: August 18th “Pacific National Exhibition” in Vancouver BC

1962: August 24th Performance at the World’s Fair in Seattle Washington.

1962: August 25th “The Angels Sing” DC Competition in Renton, WA.

Last known Documentation:

December 1963 Great Falls Tribune article about seeking new sponsorship for the 1964 season.  Since there is no further news coverage of this unit, we can assume that sponsors for 1964 were not found and the corps closed shop.

Disbanded: Early 1964






Big Sky Reveliers – Billings, Montana

Established: 1969 5

Director: Leonard Droste

Last Documentation: 1973 13

Disbanded: End of 1973 (verification needed)

Photo: 1971

Colors: White Shirts, blue jeans, blue & green flags












Corps of the North – Fairbanks, Alaska

Established: June 1962

Founder/Director: Dave Shaw

Dave Shaw was a marching member of the Holy Name (Garfield) Cadets in the 1950s, formed the Corps of the North in 1962, and went on to become a preeminent drum corps publicist, writer, and instructor working for the Troopers (1960s), Garfield Cadets (1970s), and DCI as their first official spokesman in 1971.

Manager: Ronald E. Rizzi

Last documentation: May 1966 Fairbanks parade

Disbanded: 1966



Phantom Menace Regiment