Honorary PNW Corps
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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
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)
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
Phantom Menace Regiment